CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: What We Are Doing to Protect Our Clients

Clearlake Wrongful Death Lawyer

cemetery

The death of a loved one is always hard, but it can be even more difficult after a sudden accident. As Clearlake wrongful death lawyers, it’s our job to help grieving families recover financially and personally after the death of their loved ones. 

If you have lost someone you love in a tragic accident in Clearlake or elsewhere in Lake County, reach out to our experienced injury attorneys at (707) 564-1900 for free, friendly, and compassionate advice.

Types of Wrongful Death Accidents

Our personal injury law firm only takes cases that involve either critical or fatal injuries. Specializing and focusing our practice means our attorneys are highly experienced experts in a specific field. However, while we do specialize our practice, we also cover several different kinds of accidents, including:

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death accidents are deadly incidents caused by negligent actions or inactions of at-fault parties. For more information about the definition of wrongful death, you can see the California Civic Code of Procedure 377.80.

An at-fault party to an accident can include both individuals and organizations. These parties can typically be held responsible for damages that family members and/or dependents of decedents have suffered. While many people know about negligent parties such as distracted or impaired drivers whose reckless driving causes fatal crashes. However, people are often unaware of other potential at-fault parties such as hospitals, restaurants, product manufacturers, and government entities.

Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

Suddenly losing a person in your life can have a major impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Because of this, the damages that can be recovered through wrongful death cases cover a wide range of losses. While each case is different, recoverable damages generally fit into one of two categories; economic and non-economic losses.

Economic losses are damages that come with an easily determined value. These commonly include things like lost wages or earning potential, medical bills incurred before the decedent lost their life, property damage, lost access to household services, and more. Non-economic damages are things that are more difficult to put a numeric value on. People often refer to these types of losses as “pain and suffering” damages. These include things such as emotional trauma, loss of parental guidance, or loss of spousal companionship.

Often, the losses that families suffer due to fatal accidents can leave them unsure of how they will be able to afford to move forward with their lives. Fortunately, families can often obtain compensation to cover their damages by reaching out to an experienced Clearlake wrongful death lawyer and filing a wrongful death claim. By doing so, many people can hold at-fault entities responsible and claim the compensation they deserve for the above-described damages.

Can I Afford a Wrongful Death Attorney in Clearlake?

Wrongful death cases are essential, and receiving compensation is often critical for grieving families. Often, people assume that they will not afford an attorney or that quality legal assistance is out-of-reach. However, we firmly believe that everybody deserves access to excellent legal assistance after deadly accidents.

To ensure that all our clients can afford our help, we operate based on contingency. This means that the people we help do not make up-front payments and aren’t responsible for paying lawyer’s fees unless we can successfully handle their claim. By taking our cases on contingency, we're able to help everybody who needs legal representation for serious accidents, regardless of their financial situation.

Who Can Claim Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases?

Deadly accidents can affect many people, and because of this, multiple parties are often eligible to obtain compensation for wrongful death damages. In most cases, eligible parties include family members and people who depended financially on the decedent. While more than one person may receive compensation, California's wrongful death payments are released as a single sum. After being released, the money is divided privately among the involved parties.

To learn more about who can claim wrongful death compensation, watch this video:

Will There Be a Trial for My Case?

One of the questions that we often ask is, “will my case require a trial in court?” The answer to this question depends heavily on your specific case. However, more than 90 percent of wrongful death cases do not require a courtroom trial. Before your attorney files a civil suit, they will negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company. In the vast majority of cases, wrongful death claims are settled during this negotiation phase.

However, if your case does go to trial, having an experienced wrongful death attorney in Clearlake will be invaluable. If negotiating a settlement isn’t possible, your lawyer may decide to go forward with a court case. If the case is tried, your attorney will take up the responsibility of filing the suit and arguing for your rights in court as well as drafting pleadings, collecting admissions and documents, taking depositions, and other essential functions.

Wrongful Death Lawyers in Clearlake, CA

Losing a person you care about is a tragedy. If you have lost a family member in an accident due to someone else's negligence, reach out to our experienced Clearlake Wrongful Death Attorneys for free, friendly and compassionate advice at (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900.

See our past settlements and verdicts and our client reviews on Yelp, Google, Avvo.

We're a California 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 8.23.21]

Image by drippycat from Pixabay

:ms cha [cs 1052]

Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!" Alex & Dinah M.
★★★★★
"Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation." Beverly
★★★★★
"Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything." Annie T.
★★★★★
"Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime." Jeremy M.
★★★★★
"I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone." Shannon D.
★★★★★
"Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury." David M.