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American Canyon Wrongful Death Lawyer

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If you are reading this, it’s possible that a person you love recently lost their life due to a preventable accident. People affected by fatal accidents often experience intense grief, as well as several serious challenges. In many cases, losing a loved one can have a substantial financial impact, leaving families unsure how they will recover after such a terrible loss.

As American Canyon wrongful death lawyers, our job is to help families and dependents affected by fatal accidents recover their financial and personal well-being.

Focus on Serious Accidents

Many law firms cover a wide range of different kinds of cases to take on more clients. However, our firm focuses solely on cases that involve either severe injuries or wrongful death. Because our firm has specialized in these kinds of accidents for nearly four decades, we are experts in helping families with wrongful death claims.

While we only take significant injury or wrongful death cases, there are many types of accidents we deal with. Some of the wrongful death accident types we handle include:

The “Personal” Personal Injury Attorney

Our law firm has been serving our community for many years, and during this time, we are known for being the “personal” personal injury lawyer because we prioritize connecting with our clients on a personal level. Many attorneys will choose to be strictly professional around their clients. Still, we've found that by showing empathy and interest in our clients’ lives, we're better able to understand how their loss has affected their lives. In turn, this makes us a stronger advocate for their rights during negotiations and in courtrooms.

Fatal Accidents Near American Canyon

American Canyon is a relatively small city without much traffic outside of the highway running through the middle of town. Because of this, there have been few fatal vehicle accidents inside of the city itself during the last ten years. According to data reported by the American Canyon PD and other local agencies, there were 616 car accidents in the city between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2019. These accidents only involved one fatality.

However, residents of American Canyon frequently travel to nearby areas, including Napa and Solano Counties. In Napa County, there were 142 fatal accidents at the same time. In Solano, there were 410. The average accident fatality rate for both counties combined was around 1.7 percent.

Recoverable Damages

It’s impossible to replace the care and love of someone in your life, and fatal accidents cause damages that can’t be recovered. However, wrongful death cases attempt to provide families with compensation for the full range of damages they’ve suffered and often include payments for economic and personal losses.

Economic losses are things that come with an easily identifiable price. These often include lost income, medical bills incurred due to the fatal accident, loss of access to services like childcare or home maintenance, and more. Personal damages are things that aren’t easy to put a number on. These can include loss of parental guidance, emotional trauma, loss of spousal companionship, and other damages related to personal suffering.

Dealing with Grief

The pain associated with the death of someone you love is immense and can be even more intense after a sudden accident. In many cases, people feel overwhelmed by grief and are unsure of what they can do to move forward with their lives. The grieving process is complicated and challenging. However, many people can find comfort by relying on their friends, family, and community. To learn more about dealing with grief after a deadly accident, watch this helpful video:

Can I Afford a Lawyer?

People are often hesitant to hire an attorney because they don’t think they can afford excellent legal services. For this reason, we run my practice on a contingency fee basis. Basically, this means that we do not ask my clients for an up-front payment and will only charge legal fees if we can successfully settle your case during negotiations or win your trial. Because of this, we're ready to help anybody who needs a top-rated lawyer.

Finding a Trustworthy Attorney

Wrongful death cases are significant for families, and having an injury lawyer you know that you can trust is essential. To ensure your lawyer will be competent, you can look for a few key things. These include:

  • Reputation - make sure to look up your attorney on sites like Yelp and Google and see what people have said about them. High ratings and positive reviews show that a lawyer has been able to effectively help other people in your situation.
  • History - another important thing to research is your lawyer’s case history. An experienced lawyer should have numerous successful case resolutions and will be happy to tell you about them.
  • Resources - taking on a major lawsuit takes time and money. It’s important to know that your lawyer can commit to fully pursuing your case. An excellent way to check is to ask your attorney whether they are comfortable taking your case to court.
Wrongful Death Lawyers in American Canyon, CA

If somebody in your life was fatally injured during an accident in American Canyon, please reach out to our experienced American Canyon wrongful death lawyers for free, friendly advice as soon as you are able. We're available at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400.

Our personal injury law firm has been assisting families in American Canyon with wrongful death claims since 1982. Our clients have been able to achieve fair compensation through many high-value settlements and verdicts.

Check out the excellent client feedback we’ve received on Yelp, Google, and Avvo.

We're a CA chapter member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Top One Percent.

Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 4.26.21]

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