A wrongful death, in the legal sense, is a death caused by the wrongful act of another.
The wrongful act can be the result of intentional or unintentional conduct. Both individuals and companies may be held liable in a wrongful death action.
If a loved one has been killed by the wrongful act of another, you and your loved ones can count on the compassionate, yet aggressive, Elk Grove-based wrongful death attorneys at the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm to help during these tough times.
Holding the Wrongdoer Accountable Through a California Wrongful Death Action
While no amount of money can bring your loved one back or take away your grief, California law allows you to seek monetary compensation for your losses through a wrongful death action against the party responsible for your loss. Such an action should be pursued with the aid of a personal injury firm like the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, which has extensive experience in handling wrongful death cases.
For most survivors, pursuing a claim is not about the money. Instead it's about accountability and deterring the wrongful behavior in the future. For families who have lost their primary breadwinner or the person who cares for the family and home, receiving monetary compensation from a wrongful death settlement can ease the financial burden their loss has caused.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Some common causes of wrongful deaths include, but are not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- On-the-job accidents
- Falls and other premises accidents
- Defective products
- Dangerous drugs and medical devices
- Deliberate acts of violence
What Damages Can You Include in a California Wrongful Death Claim?
Both the estate of the deceased and surviving members of the deceased's family who suffered losses may recover compensation for a wrongful death.
In California, the estate can claim medical bills for the treatment of the injury or illness that led to the death, funeral expenses, and projected future lost income; individual family members can claim compensation for the value of services the deceased performed in the home, loss of financial support (present and future), and the loss of love, affection, guidance, companionship, and moral support.
Choosing the Right Lawyer
Choosing the right lawyer to represent your family and the deceased's estate is essential. Because wrongful death cases can become complex and damages are sometimes difficult to prove and quantify, you should have an attorney with a significant amount of experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases, preferably one whose practice is devoted entirely to this area of the law. At Martindale.com and Avvo.com, you can learn about a lawyer's credentials, experience, and how he or she is rated by peers in the legal community. Look for an Avvo rating of 10 and a Martindale-Hubbell rating of 5 to ensure you are getting the best quality representation.
Free Consultation With a Top-rated Wrongful Death Attorney
If a close member of your family has been killed and you believe another party may be at fault, we invite you to learn about your legal options by arranging a free consultation with an experienced Elk Grove-based wrongful death lawyer at the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm.
With a quarter-century of experience in successfully recovering millions of dollars for clients and achieving the highest possible ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo, our client-centered personal injury lawyers will provide you with skilled, focused, and result-oriented legal representation.
California law limits the amount of time in which you are allowed to file a claim, so don't wait; contact us today and let us begin the process of obtaining justice for your loss.
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT THEIR CASES
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