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white roseVehicle accidents can have tragic consequences. Across the United States, the National Highway Safety Administration reports over 30,000 fatal car accidents every year, and around one-tenth of those collisions happen in the state of California. While nobody expects their loved one to be involved in a fatal crash on any given day, it only takes one collision to claim somebody's life. Furthermore, many more people die every year in accidents related to other causes like dangerous consumer products, chemical exposure, workplace safety violations, medical malpractice, and more.

The impact of losing somebody you care about can be overwhelming, especially after a sudden accident. Knowing that the accident could have been prevented can make it even more difficult to cope with your loss, and many people feel like they are unsure of what they can do. As an Anderson wrongful death lawyer, I help people recover financially and personally after they have lost loved ones in deadly accidents.

What is Wrongful Death?

When an accident is caused by negligence, family members and dependents of decedents can pursue compensation for the damages that they have suffered by filing a wrongful death claim against at-fault parties. Wrongful death claims seek to hold parties such as negligent drivers, dangerous product manufacturers, and others responsible for the damages they have caused. The legal basis for these claims is described in the California Civil Code Procedure § 377.60.

Wrongful death is essentially when negligent actions or lack of reasonable actions committed by a group or individual proximately cause the death of a person. Basically, this means that when people lose their lives in accidents caused by the actions or inactions of others, it is considered a case of wrongful death.

What Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Case?

People who lose family members or other loved ones can be heavily impacted by their loss both financially and emotionally. The people we love provide us with comfort, love, guidance, and companionship that is invaluable. Additionally, our loved ones also usually contribute income to their household and perform essential services like cleaning, vehicle maintenance, or childcare. No longer having access to personal support, income, and important services can leave families in a very difficult situation. Many people aren't sure how they will be able to keep living their lives without their loved one's support.

While it isn't possible to replace the presence of a person you care about, wrongful death cases attempt to provide families with compensation for economic damages as well as personal suffering. Some of the commonly available types of payments in wrongful death cases include compensation for the following damages:

  • Funeral and burial services
  • Medical bills incurred as a result of the fatal accident
  • Loss of companionship of a spouse or partner
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of household income
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Personal pain and suffering
  • Loss of household services

However, every case is different, and it's always best to speak about your situation personally with an experienced Anderson wrongful death lawyer who knows how to figure out what payments you may be able to claim.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

In the period directly following a fatal accident, people often experience intense grief that can feel overwhelming. Feelings of fear, anger, depression, and confusion are all normal and can be difficult to manage, making it hard to keep up with the demands of your normal life. Contacting a lawyer in addition to coping with your grief can seem like another difficult task, and many people want to delay getting legal help for this reason. However, the sad truth is that negligent parties typically aren't dealing with the same issues and act right away to defend themselves from liability.

Having a skilled Anderson wrongful death attorney on your side immediately after an accident means that your lawyer can be as effective as possible. Your attorney will be able to begin investigating the accident right away and building a strong case to present to insurance companies and, if necessary, argue in court. In many cases, having a lawyer early on in a wrongful death case is a decisive part of being able to recover the payments you and your family deserve.

Furthermore, knowing that a professional will be handling all of the paperwork, investigations, deadlines, and negotiations involved in a wrongful death case can be a big relief. Having a compassionate expert working on your case can afford you and your loved ones the time and space to focus on the important process of healing emotionally and processing your grief.

Finding a Trustworthy Attorney

Wrongful death cases are critical and have a big impact on people's personal lives. For this reason, it's vital that you are comfortable with the attorney handling your case. Not only should your lawyer have a proven record of successfully resolving wrongful death cases, but they should also make you feel confident and comfortable while working on your case.

Fortunately, it isn't difficult to find a top-rate wrongful death attorney if you know how to look. For details about getting in touch with an Anderson wrongful death lawyer, you can trust, take a moment to watch this short and helpful YouTube video:

Anderson Wrongful Death Lawyer

I'm Ed Smith, an Anderson wrongful death lawyer. To receive free, friendly case advice after a fatal accident, call me personally at (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400.

I've assisted people in the Anderson area with serious injury claims and wrongful death cases since 1982. Learn more about me by reviewing the settlements and verdicts achieved by my firm.

To find reviews written by the clients I've worked with, see these websites:

I belong to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This is a group of United States lawyers who have been able to obtain a verdict or case settlement that had at least one million dollars in value. I am also part of Top One Percent, a forum for distinguished legal counsel.

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