Wrongful Death

California Wrongful Death Lawyer

When one person is responsible for the death of another person, whether by accident or intentionally, the family member of the deceased needs to speak to an attorney about how to pursue a wrongful death claim.

At Torrey Pacific Law we will help you determine the financial loss that your family will suffer because of your lost family member. Consultations are always free with no upfront costs.

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WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF A WRONGFUL DEATH CASE?

  • Filling our the initial workers comp application
  • A death must have resulted from a particular event.
  • Being able to prove that your loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of the defendant.
  • The death must have imposed some financial constraints on the survivors and the death has directly affected you and/or other members of the victim’s family

COMMON CAUSES OF WRONGFUL DEATH

  • Car accidents – drunk driving, texting, faulty vehicles
  • Birth injuries
  • Truck accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents such as construction sites and factories.

LET US HELP YOU IN A TIME OF NEED

Nothing in life can compare with the feeling of losing a loved one. These loses are never easy, and can become even more difficult if the death occurred as a result of another person’s negligence or reckless behavior. While some people prefer to let things go to begin the grieving to get over their loss, other might suspect foul play and decide to file a wrongful death suit, seeking monetary damages.

Wrongful death claims are civil actions made by the survivors of an individual who has passed away due to the negligence or misconduct of another. The wrongful death action is designed to provide compensation for relatives who depended upon the deceased for financial and emotional support.

Since the wrongful death laws differ according to state – who is eligible, the statute of limitations – your wrongful death lawyers must understand the specific laws of the state so as to offer you the professional guidance needed in filing your claim.

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN A WRONGFUL DEATH CASE

TIME LIMIT

There is a time limit for submitting a wrongful death claim which differs from state to state and according to the type of lawsuit. Once this time limit is up, the court can no longer punish violators or offer compensation to victims.

INVESTIGATION

All the facts of your case will be investigated once you hire a lawyer. This involves talking to witnesses and other family members, reviewing medical records and reconstructing scenes. You have to be open to your lawyer collecting more information about your relationship with the deceased, how the death has impacted you and the amount of compensation that might be appropriate.

SETTLEMENT

When your case is finalized, it does not go straight to the court. There will usually be some outreach to the company or individual at fault or their insurance company to know if they are willing to negotiate a fair settlement for you. If there is no mutual agreement, the lawyer files a lawsuit in the appropriate county. Here, a more formal investigation will take place including a sworn legal testimony made in the presence of a court reporter and other witnesses.

COMPENSATION AND DAMAGES

The damages in a wrongful death case tend to be more non-economic than economic. This is because it has to deal less with tangible items and more with emotional/ psychological stress. To determine the amount of damages to be awarded the survivor of the deceased, the court will consider factors such as the relationship with the deceased, the net income of the deceased as well as the life expectancy of all parties.

In relationships, a surviving spouse may recover compensation for the loss of the companionship and protection and also, for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.

Each survivor may recover the value of lost support and services from the date of the decedent’s injury to her or his death, with interest, and future loss of support and services from the date of death, reduced to present value.

In addition, the survivor gets reimbursed for the medical or funeral expenses due to the decedent’s injury or death.

With a wrongful death case, the court may also decide to impose punitive damages. Punitive damages are appropriate in situations where a party acted either purposefully with malicious intent or negligently which led to the wrongful death. The punitive damages serve to discipline the offending party as well as discourage such behavior from others in the future.

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN A WRONGFUL DEATH CASE

EXPERIENCE

To ensure a solid case, this cannot be ignored. Your case is unique and so are lawyers. A wrongful death case at a construction site is different from that caused by a medical malpractice. Wrongful death cases are specific, so you have to know how much experience does the lawyer has in the specific area of your case. If your loved one died in an auto crash involving a truck, you will want a personal injury lawyer who is in the know about the truck laws in the state. Narrow down your search till you find someone who has experience with a case similar to yours.

TIME

It is not a popularity contest. How much time does your lawyer have to devote to your case? If this lawyer is more into chasing high-profile cases instead of focusing on you, you might need someone else. Also, in a wrongful death lawsuit, deadlines must be met in order to keep your case active. If your lawyer fails to adhere to these deadlines, it could jeopardize your case.

RESOURCES

Some cases are typically over in no time, just a matter of weeks, while some span over years. Your lawyer should have the financial resources and support necessary to make sure you get all the compensation to which you are entitled.

TEAM WORK

Find out if other members of his/her firm will be working on your case. If an associate is going to do the entire thing, that’s not bad; just ensure that you’re getting billed at the lower rate. A larger law firm can ensure that there is a lawyer assigned specifically to your case and available to answer your questions or deal with matters that come up during your case.

OPINION POLL

Before you hire a lawyer to pursue your wrongful death case, ask around to see what other legal professionals think of your intended lawyer. Check the online reviews on the website. Are the ratings high, low or neutral? Most importantly, check if there has been any disciplinary action against this lawyer. The last thing you need on your case is a lawyer with a notorious reputation representing you.

TRUST

You should be able to trust your lawyer to argue your side in the courtroom. Do your homework and if you are still coming up blank, ask around. Consider reaching out to friends, family, and even other lawyers for a referral.Good lawyers are always highly recommended. When suing for negligence,  you’ll have to find the best person you can.

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HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Our firm is made up of outstanding professionals who possess all the key qualities you need to successfully pursue a wrongful death claim.

WE UNDERSTAND THE LEGAL PROCESS

As lawyers who specialize in wrongful death cases, we have detailed knowledge of the legal process involved with your type of claim.

Our team’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in this area of law will be very valuable to your case. Allow us build a strong case on your behalf.

WE CAN SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY

Pretending that wrongful death cases are simple open-and-shut cases is wrong. The process is complex and the documents needed are to be filed on strict deadlines. It can be quite time consuming, and generally not advisable to attempt the process on your own.

If you try to figure out the details by yourself, it would definitely take a considerable amount of time. When we act in your interest, we bring our skills, knowing exactly what to do and how it ought to be done. We handle all the gritty tasks which frees you up to spend time with your family.

WE KNOW THE VALUE OF YOUR CLAIM

Experience really makes all the difference. At our firm, we already know how to properly value your claim. Our lawyers will evaluate your situation from every perspective to assess fully all different ways you and your family have been impacted by the loss. This way, proper compensation can be pursued for your claim.

To effectively value your wrongful death claim, our team of lawyers will consider medical expenses for your loved one’s care, loss of earnings, funeral expenses as well as pain and suffering.

PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT SYSTEM

Without the personal connection to your case, our lawyers will think clearly and focus on the law to build the strongest case possible. We understand your urgency and the need to get the case done and over with. Our lawyers will shield you from the grueling experience of reliving the trauma of losing your loved one by handling the tedious details of the court case. We will make sure all legal documents are properly completed and correctly filed in order to protect your case.

WE TAKE YOUR CASE TO TRIAL

Parties usually choose to settle prior, so not all wrongful death cases make it to trial. However, if your case goes to trial, be rest assured that we shall be pulling our own weight to obtain the best compensation for you and your family.

Our dedicated team shall review your claim and help you through the legal options that may be available.

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