Corning Wrongful Death Lawyer

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Corning, “The Olive City,” offers a quiet life on tree-lined streets, however, an accident caused by a negligent driver or other entity can occur even in a town such as this. With the West Side Highway running through the western part of town, locals often take that route to visit Sacramento or go north to Redding to do their shopping. In the following paragraphs, we will explore wrongful deaths and how they occur. Learn how a Corning wrongful death lawyer can help a grieving family acquire compensation for the loss of a loved one in an accident.

Finding Help After the Death of Your Loved One

Losing a loved one is always a terrible experience. However, a loved one who dies because of a negligent driver or other entity is much worse. The family members are not only left in shock and grieving but angry that the life of their loved one was taken when it didn’t have to happen. Since 1982, our law firm and team of wrongful death lawyers in Corning have helped many people in Tehama County recover the compensation they need following a wrongful death. This enables family members to continue on without facing the financial distress caused by an untimely death.

Getting Advice on Whether Your Family Can File a Wrongful Death Claim

At AutoAccident.com, we have successfully handled many wrongful death claims over the years. We do it with compassion for your loss and keep the family up-to-date on how the case is proceeding. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation, which can be in-person or virtual, to review your case, tell you about options to recover damages and answer all your questions.

Defining a Wrongful Death

A wrongful death occurs when an accident causes someone’s death and negligence was involved. A wrongful death attorney from Corning can help your family obtain the compensation they deserve. Although the majority of wrongful deaths occur due to traffic accidents involving cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles or pedestrians, other areas where they can occur include:

Traffic Collisions as a Cause of Wrongful Death

Traffic accidents that result in a wrongful death often include one of the following types of negligence:

  • Distracted driving is the number one cause of all types of accidents and may be due to texting, talking on a cell phone or accessing GPS
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Reckless driving such as tailgating, speeding or cutting in and out of traffic
  • Drunk driving or while under the influence of drugs
  • Fatigued driving
Those Who Can Place a Claim for Wrongful Death

Under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 - 377.62, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate or the following family members may place a claim for wrongful death:

  • The surviving spouse, domestic partner or putative spouse may place a claim for wrongful death. 
  • Minors in the family who received at least half their support from the decedent may join in the claim. This includes natural and adopted children as well as stepchildren.
  • If one of the children of the decedent has also died but has living children, they may file.
  • If the parents of the decedent obtained at least half their support from the deceased, they may join in the filing for wrongful death. 
Recovery of Damages When a Wrongful Death Claim Has Been Filed

The financial recovery of damages filed by a Corning wrongful death attorney depends on each individual family. However, it often includes:

  • The family’s outlay for the funeral and burial expenses for their loved one can be recovered.
  • The salary or income the decedent earned can be recovered up to their normal age of retirement. Recovery of wages includes pension benefits, insurance coverage, bonuses, tips and other perks of their job. If the deceased individual was self-employed, that can also be recovered by using tax filings and receipts to support the claim.
  • Damages for the loss of inheritance may be recoverable. This is the amount the decedent’s beneficiaries would have inherited had that person lived.
  • The surviving spouse, putative spouse or partner may claim loss of consortium and for the love and emotional support, the decedent provided.
  • Children in the family may claim the loss of guidance and nurturing that the decedent provided. This includes both natural/adopted children and stepchildren who obtained at least half of their support from the decedent.
  • If the deceased loved one lived for a while before expiring, the family may ask to pursue a survival action. A survival action is different from a wrongful death claim in that it is on behalf of the individual who died and also covers the medical expenses accrued before the person passed away.
  • If the death was egregious or intentional, the family may ask that punitive damages be awarded if the case goes to civil court. Punitive damages are not compensation for the family’s loss. They are awarded to the family as a way to punish the offender and discourage further behavior of this type. 

In the video that follows, Corning wrongful death lawyer Ed Smith talks about how you can find a qualified attorney to handle your case:

Related article about wrongful death claims in California:

Corning Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Corning wrongful death lawyer. If your family lost a loved one because of another’s negligent actions, you might want to find out about filing a wrongful death claim. Although it will not ease your grief and sense of loss, it can help the family avoid the financial stress that comes with losing a loved one. You are invited to contact us for our compassionate, free and friendly advice at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. We can also be contacted online

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