Auburn Wrongful Death Lawyer
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, an average of over 3,000 people lose their lives in auto accidents in California every year. Additionally, many more people die in preventable accidents caused by defective products, boating accidents, medical malpractice, and workplace hazards such as exposure to dangerous chemicals. Because those killed in these accidents have families and friends, many thousands of lives are affected by preventable accidents yearly.
If you've lost a loved one in an accident in Auburn, California, caused by another party's carelessness, call our experienced wrongful death lawyers at (530) 392-9400 for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the legal options that may be available to you.What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is defined under California Code of Civil Procedure § 377.60 as an action or a lack of reasonable step that is the proximate cause of an individual's death due to the negligence of a person or entity. This means that when a person or group is careless, and their carelessness leads to a fatal accident, it is considered a wrongful death.Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
If you've lost a loved one, you may be able to seek payments from negligent parties for the damages you have suffered. While the love, affection, and friendship of a family member or friend can never be replaced, the civil justice system allows for the pursuit of monetary compensation to send a message to negligent individuals and hold people accountable for their reckless actions. If you decide that you are going to move forward with pursuing a wrongful death claim, you can seek payments for damages, including:
- Wages and future income lost by the decedent
- Loss of guidance provided to children by their parents
- Loss of companionship provided by a spouse or partner
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses related to the fatal accident
- Pain and suffering
Recovering financially after a fatal accident depends on many factors, including the decedent's life expectancy, age, whether or not they provided for a family, and available insurance coverage. Your lawyer will be able to conduct their own full investigation into the accident and the effects of your loss to give courts a complete understanding of the damages you've suffered.
Calling an attorney is essential, even if you are unsure whether to hire a lawyer. Most wrongful death lawyers will give you a free phone consultation where you can learn valuable information about your case's details and your options.Will My Case Go To Trial?
Those who have lost a loved one in a preventable accident often hesitate to pursue a wrongful death claim because they are worried about having to testify in court. People are often concerned about the dramatic portrayals of trials they have seen in movies. However, you should know that if you have an experienced Auburn wrongful death lawyer on your side, a trial is nowhere near as intimidating as it might seem on the big screen. It's also important to understand that most wrongful death cases are settled before a trial begins. In fact, more than 90 percent of cases are resolved without a trial by jury.
A good wrongful death lawyer can negotiate effectively with responsible parties and insurers. However, if liable parties make lowball offers and refuse to pay a fair amount for your damages, you may need to go to court. When this happens, you must have a lawyer to investigate, prepare, and argue your case.
There are a variety of wrongful death claim types. Watch the helpful video below to learn about the different types of claims.Wrongful Death Attorneys in Auburn, CA
If you've lost a loved one in a preventable accident, call our Auburn wrongful death lawyers as soon as you can for free, friendly legal advice at (530) 392-9400 and (800) 404-5400. You can also contact us by sending me a message through my website.
See how we've helped our valued clients on our Settlements and Verdicts page.
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