Citrus Heights Wrongful Death Lawyer

Edward A. Smith

Each year, thousands of innocent people lose their lives in wrongful death accidents. A wrongful death is defined as the extinguishment of 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 a workplace accident.

As you can see, a wrongful death can occur in virtually 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 to discuss your legal options. A lawyer can advise you of 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 (e.g., emergency room bill, ambulance bill, etc.).
  • Emotional stress and anxiety associated with a sudden loss of someone you care about (i.e. pain and suffering).
Why Do I Need to Hire a Citrus Heights 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 conduct an in-depth investigation of the incident that resulted in your loved one’s death and assess all of the available forms of insurance coverage. Once the insurance company, or companies, are contacted, your lawyer will negotiate on your behalf in an effort 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 large retainer fee or outrageous hourly fee for legal representation. Instead, your lawyer gets paid when a financial recovery is obtained through a settlement or jury verdict.

Traits to Look For in a Citrus Heights Wrongful Death Attorney

Choosing the right wrongful death attorney can make a major 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 percentage 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 important 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 (you can verify this on third party web sites such as Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo); and
  • the lawyer has actually taken a wrongful death case to trial and achieved success
Examples of Wrongful Death Lawsuit Success

If you are hesitant about taking legal action out of concern that you will lose your case and harm 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.

For example, 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. Their parents and a sibling died in the collision, according to Fox 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, according to The Mercury News. The jury determined that a mattress pad manufactured by Evenflo wound up suffocating the child after a daycare provider put her down for a nap face-down. 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 mynewsla.com. The mother went in for treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The doctors who treated the mother were deemed to be negligent in their care, specifically in the performance of a hiatal hernia repair surgery. The doctors reportedly failed to diagnose a cut in the patient’s stomach which caused internal bleeding and the mother’s death.

Contact a Citrus Heights Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

Losing a loved one is a gut-wrenching experience and the pain is made that much worse when the loss is sudden and caused by the carelessness of another individual or business. I am here to help. My name is Ed Smith and I am a wrongful death attorney practicing in and around Citrus Heights for over 30 years. Please call me at (916) 921-6400 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice.

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