Citrus Heights Wrongful Death Lawyer


Thousands of innocent people lose their lives in wrongful death accidents each year. Wrongful death is defined as extinguishing a life caused by another party’s negligent actions or inaction. Wrongful deaths occur in various circumstances. For example, over 90,000 people die as a result of medical malpractice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 45,000 people die in car wrecks each year. Of these deaths, over 5,000 occurred in collisions with commercial trucks and big rigs. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that nearly 6,000 fatalities resulted from workplace accidents.

Wrongful death can occur in any situation. If you lost a loved one in a preventable accident caused by the negligence of an individual, or company, speak to a Citrus Heights wrongful death lawyer at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 to discuss your legal options. An injury lawyer can advise you on whether it makes sense to take legal action against the negligent party.

Recoverable Damages Through a Wrongful Death Claim

The types of damages that can be recovered through a wrongful death claim include the following:

  • Funeral costs
  • Burial costs
  • Loss of your loved one’s earnings, including future earnings
  • Your loss of a partner and companion in life
  • The loss of guidance and mentorship provided to your children
  • Any medical bills incurred as a result of the accident 
  • Emotional stress and anxiety are associated with the sudden loss of someone you care about 

Why You Should Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney

There are multiple reasons why it makes sense to retain a wrongful death attorney. First and foremost, you just lost someone you cared about deeply. You should focus on the grieving process and picking up the pieces of your life. You should not be worrying about negotiations with an insurance adjuster and filing pleadings in court. They will investigate the incident that resulted in your loved one’s death and assess all available forms of insurance coverage. Once the insurance company, or companies, are contacted, your lawyer will negotiate on your behalf to reach a satisfactory settlement or file a lawsuit.

Another reason to hire an attorney is that it is a low-risk, high reward proposition. Most wrongful death lawyers in and around Citrus Heights offer free initial consultations, so there is no monetary cost to you to meet with an attorney. Furthermore, most wrongful death lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that you are not required to pay a hefty retainer fee or an outrageous hourly fee for legal representation. Instead, your lawyer gets paid when a settlement or jury verdict obtains a financial recovery.

The following video explains more about a wrongful death claim.

Qualities to Look for in a Wrongful Death Lawyer

Choosing the right wrongful death attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. If you hire a competent and qualified lawyer with extensive experience in wrongful death litigation, there is a greater chance of achieving a satisfactory settlement or verdict. If you hire an attorney with little-to-no trial experience, there is a greater chance the insurance company will make low-ball settlement offers, and a jury may not find them to be persuasive enough to decide in your favor. Below are some essential traits you should look for in your hiring decision:

  • The lawyer you meet with is sensitive to your situation and asks you how you and your family are doing.
  • The lawyer takes the time to explain all of the available legal options to you in a no-pressure manner.
  • The lawyer has a reputation as a top-notch personal injury and wrongful death litigator.
  • The lawyer has actually taken a wrongful death case to trial and achieved success.
Reports of Wrongful Death Lawsuit Success

If you are hesitant about taking legal action out of concern that you will lose your case and tarnish the memory of your lost loved one, take a moment to consider other families who stood up and pursued some semblance of justice on behalf of their deceased loved one who died in wrongful death accidents.

A jury awarded a 13-year-old girl $150 million in damages due to a tragic accident in Southern California that killed her three family members. The accident involved an SUV carrying the family members that crashed into an illegally parked commercial truck. This awful accident left only two surviving children. According to Fox News, their parents and a sibling died in the collision.

According to The Mercury News, in San Mateo County, a jury entered a verdict of $8 million against Evenflo Co. Inc. for the wrongful death of a 7-month-old girl. The jury determined that Evenflo's mattress pad suffocated the child after being placed face-down for a nap. The parents argued that their child died because she couldn’t breathe through the material. A jury agreed and held the manufacturer liable for this awful incident.

In a medical malpractice case, a jury reached a verdict in favor of a family that lost a mother in a surgical error case. The jury entered a verdict in the amount of $1.75 million in damages, according to The mother went in for treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The doctors who treated her were deemed negligent in their care. The doctors reportedly failed to diagnose a cut in the patient’s stomach, which caused internal bleeding and the mother’s death.

Citrus Heights Wrongful Death FAQ

Is there a statute of limitations to filing a wrongful death claim?

Yes, the time limit depends on the type of wrongful death suit. According to California law, most wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the injury date. If the death was caused by a government liability, it must be filed within six months. If it was the result of medical malpractice, it must be filed within three years of the injury date or within a year after it was discovered, whichever occurs first.

What is recoverable through a wrongful death claim?

Various damages can be recoverable through a wrongful death lawsuit. They include economic and non-economic damages such as medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Determining damages is a crucial and often under-emphasized part of preparing a lawsuit for trial. An experienced Citrus Heights wrongful death attorney can guide you through the process of proving your losses and damages.

Which family member can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in California?

California law doesn't allow anyone to pursue a wrongful death claim. Only certain individuals can file a wrongful death lawsuit, including surviving spouses, domestic partners, and children.

Call a Citrus Heights, CA Wrongful Death Attorney Today

If you lost someone you love in an accident due to another party's negligence, a wrongful death lawyer serving Citrus Heights, CA, can help your family. Call today for free, friendly advice on your case from one of our skilled attorneys by dialing (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 9.16.22] 
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