Dixon Wrongful Death Lawyer
Your loved one is driving home on Interstate 80 on her way back from visiting Sacramento. The drive seems to be going smoothly when, suddenly, a drunk driver loses control of his vehicle and drives into the oncoming lane, crashing head-on with your loved one’s car. The collision is severe, and your loved one sustains injuries that cost her life.
Tragically, scenarios like this one are a reality for many Californians. In fact, according to data from the Office of Traffic Safety, an average of over 3000 people lose their lives in California crashes every year. In addition, thousands more lose their lives in accidents that could have been prevented such as exposure to dangerous chemicals at work, boating accidents, medical malpractice, and more.
If you have lost someone in your family or somebody that you depend on because of another party’s negligence, contact a Dixon wrongful death lawyer so that you can learn about what legal options are available to you. An attorney with experience in wrongful death cases will be able to help you understand your case and can give you advice about whether or not it is a good idea to seek wrongful death payments through legal action.Recoverable Damages
In most cases, we depend on our family members. Whether it is for emotional support, financial aid, or both. While a person can never be replaced, at-fault parties are responsible for paying for losses associated with the accidents they cause. Those who depended on a person killed in a wrongful death case have the right to pursue payments for damages such as:
- Loss of a life companion
- Loss of parental mentorship and guidance
- Funeral expenses
- Burial expenses
- Medical bills related to the fatal accident (e.g., ambulance and emergency room costs)
- Stress and emotional trauma caused by dealing with the sudden loss of somebody you love
- Loss of a source of income
- Loss of inheritance
It is very highly recommended that you at least speak to a wrongful death lawyer so that you can get a solid idea about what your legal options are. Most wrongful death and personal injury lawyers, including myself, offer free initial consultations. During such a meeting, you can get valuable information about how you can proceed with recovering financially after your loved one’s death.
If you have a viable wrongful death case, hiring a lawyer to represent you is often the best thing you can do. There are a lot of factors to consider when filing a wrongful death case and attempting to claim payments from negligent parties and/or their insurers. Those filing a wrongful death case need to contact insurance companies, submit proper paperwork as well as itemized bills, meet deadlines, negotiate with claims adjusters, and more. For many, the process of pursuing a claim can be overwhelming. On top of all of this, those who are filing a claim are most often grieving and trying to recover emotionally after they’ve just lost somebody they love.
A Dixon wrongful death lawyer will be able to take the burden of dealing with a legal claim off of your shoulders. Not only can a good attorney take care of paperwork and make sure deadlines are met, but a lawyer with experience will know the best way to investigate the incident, prepare your case, negotiate with insurers, and, if necessary, argue in court so that you receive the full amount of recompense that you deserve.How Do I Choose a Dixon Wrongful Death Lawyer
The attorney that you choose to represent you can make a big difference in how your case is settled. If you have a lawyer with ample experience and a good reputation in his or her community, there is a better chance that your settlement will be fair. Hiring a lawyer without much experience means that there is a higher chance insurance companies will give you low-ball settlement offers. Some important things to look out for when deciding on a lawyer include:
- The lawyer is sensitive and compassionate about your situation.
- The lawyer always takes time to clearly explain what your legal options are.
- The lawyer has a good reputation (a good way to check this is by using third-party websites such as Avvo).
- The lawyer has had previous success with taking wrongful death cases to trial.
While all of these things are important factors, you should also make sure that you feel personally comfortable with the lawyer that you choose.
Watch the video below for more on a wrongful death claim.Will My Case Go to Trial?
Every case is different, and there is always a chance that your case will go to trial. However, the vast majority of wrongful death and personal injury cases are settled without the need for a jury. In fact, over 90 percent of claims are settled out of court. Even so, your case may need to go to trial, especially if the insurance company is making low-ball offers or liability for the accident is contested. In situations where cases do go to trial, your lawyer will be critical and will take on the job of filing lawsuits, drafting the necessary pleadings, taking depositions, and more.Dixon Wrongful Death Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Dixon wrongful death lawyer who has been representing area residents since 1982. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one because of the negligence of another, please get in touch with me to get some friendly, free advice by calling (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 10.23.19]