Elk Grove Wrongful Death Lawyer


While losing someone you love is always challenging to get through emotionally, those emotions are often multiplied, intensified, and mixed in with anger and disbelief when the loss you have experienced could have been prevented. When a wrongful act steals away the life of a loved one, it is normal to be angry at the person who caused the death.

It is also normal to experience a heavy sense of sadness that feels like a bottomless pit of negative emotions. These are common and very understandable reactions and responses to a tragedy that is obviously life-altering.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident due to someone else's negligence, call (916) 694-0002 to speak to one of our injury attorneys for a free no-obligation consultation.

Pursuing Justice for Your Loved One

For most people who lose a loved one to wrongful death, there was no warning that the person would no longer be on this earth anymore. You did not get the chance to say goodbye. Whatever you look at it, someone you love has been wrongfully stolen from you and everyone else who loved them, and it is vital to start taking the steps that your loved one deserves you to take.

One of those steps includes contacting an experienced Elk Grove wrongful death attorney to determine what you need to do to pursue justice for your loved one.

Our injury attorneys understand that your grief can be debilitating, and talking to an attorney is probably the last thing you want to do right now. However, you should know that any insurance companies attached to the circumstances are not waiting for your response. In fact, they are working diligently to investigate their options and cover their tracks to refute any accountability for the incident or the negligence that caused the death. Some will even get rid of evidence or cover up vital aspects of the incident. This is why you must find an experienced Elk Grove wrongful death attorney on your side as soon as possible.

What is Wrongful Death?

When someone dies due to negligence of another individual or entity, that is considered a wrongful death. This can happen in hospitals when doctors make mistakes that lead to the death of patients. It can occur in car accidents, workplace accidents, and essentially any other accident caused by someone’s negligence. Victims who die due to a dangerous or defective product also fall under wrongful deaths.

The video below explains further a wrongful death and how you can go about filing a claim.

Who Can Recover Losses for Wrongful Death?

The following people should be able to bring a wrongful death claim in California:

  • The surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • Children of the deceased
  • The putative spouse or the putative spouse’s children
  • Any minor who lived with the decedent and was financially supported by the decedent for at least 180 days before the death

The California Code of Civil Procedure sections 377.60 through 377.62, explain exactly who can bring a wrongful death action in California.

Securing an Elk Grove Wrongful Death Attorney Quickly

We understand that no amount of money will bring your loved one back. No amount of money is going to right the wrong that was done. However, if you do not hold the individual or entity accountable for your loved one’s death, the person or entity responsible might do the same thing again and take the life of another innocent victim. You have to hold them accountable for your loved one's death.

If you have lost a loved one due to the carelessness or negligence of someone else, you must secure a wrongful death attorney as quickly as possible. We know that we cannot take away or repair the pain you and your family are feeling. However, we can help you work through that pain and any issues you may be facing at this difficult time.

Elk Grove Wrongful Death FAQ

What is the difference between a civil and criminal case that can be brought regarding wrongful death?

A criminal case ensues when the court seeks to punish someone for an act that has been classified as a crime. A civil suit has to do with a dispute over the duties and rights that individuals legally owe to each other. The burden of proof in a criminal case is higher, and the imposed penalty involves imprisonment. A monetary judgment is entered against the at-fault party in a civil case.

What damages can be claimed in a wrongful death case?

Damages claimed in a wrongful death case could include medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of benefits, emotional anguish, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The settlement amount in a wrongful death case will depend on several factors. Emotional and financial hardships suffered due to the wrongful death will also be factored into the final amount of compensation.

Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers in Elk Grove, CA 

The wrongful death lawyers at AutoAccident.com have helped grieving families in Elk Grove, CA, since 1982. If you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, we can help. Call our Elk Grove wrongful death attorneys at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400 for compassionate, free, and friendly advice.

We are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

See a list of our past cases on our verdicts and settlements page and our client reviews on AvvoYelp, and Google.

Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 3.9.23]

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