Eureka Wrongful Death Lawyer

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I’m Ed Smith, a Eureka wrongful death lawyer. If you are reading this webpage, it is possible that you are experiencing a deep state of grief or even disbelief after someone important to you suddenly had his or her life taken away. You might feel trapped, angry at negligent parties, or nervous about how you will be able to go on. You might feel unable to breathe freely and have trouble leaving the house or dealing with the normal tasks of daily life. All of these emotions are valid and a natural part of experiencing the tragedy of losing someone in a preventable accident.

For many, there was no warning that this tragedy would happen. You may not have had a chance to say goodbye to your loved one. In other cases, you may have been able to share an embrace with your loved one, not realizing it was the last time you’d be able to talk with him or her. In all of these cases, a person has been taken out of your life because of another party’s negligence. After this has happened, it is important to take steps to help yourself recover. One of these important steps is consulting an experienced Eureka wrongful death lawyer who can investigate your case and pursue a just resolution.

Quick Action

I know the grief that one experiences after a fatal accident can be overwhelming and that many people want to postpone calling a lawyer. Unfortunately, insurance companies and negligent parties are not going to wait. Responsible parties almost always get to work immediately, doing everything they can to investigate the accident and disclaim responsibility. For this reason, having an expert on your side as soon as you are able is very important. The sooner a lawyer can begin working on your case, the more prepared he or she is to prevent vital evidence from being covered up.

Not only will a good Eureka wrongful death lawyer be able to begin working right away on preventing liable parties from disclaiming responsibility, but he or she will be able to handle all the important details of your case. Having a lawyer representing you means that you don’t need to worry about taking care of paperwork, meeting legal deadlines, negotiating settlement payments, or any of the complicated aspects of claiming the money you deserve for the loss you have suffered.

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful Death” is a legal term that refers to the death of a person caused by the negligence or fault of another party and is outlined under the California Civil Code of Procedure 377.60. Responsible parties can be companies, individuals, groups of people, government bodies, and any entity determined to be negligent in the event of an accident. As an example, both a person found guilty of driving while drunk and a company that produces a dangerous product are parties that can often be considered responsible for fatal accidents.

The objective of a wrongful death case is to make sure that the people who have lost a loved one are fairly compensated for their losses. While a person can never really be replaced, wrongful death claims attempt to seek recompense for both emotional and financial losses that family members and dependents of the decedent have suffered.

Recoverable Damages

The damages that can be claimed in a wrongful death case vary and depend on the circumstances of each case. Some of the types of damages that are often pursued include:

  • Medical Expenses - Often, injured parties receive medical treatment in an ambulance or at a hospital before they pass away. Costs related to these treatments are usually recoverable.
  • Loss of Income - If your loved one was a source of income that you or your family relied on, you can seek payment for the money he or she would have been expected to make if the fatal accident had not occurred.
  • Pain and Suffering - these damages are non-economic, meaning that they have no set value. Determining how much these damages are worth can be difficult and may even require a jury to decide. Pain and Suffering damages include loss of consortium, loss of parental guidance, emotional trauma, and more.
  • Loss of Household Services - Our loved ones improve our lives by performing services like cooking, cleaning, home maintenance, childcare, and more. These services are important and paying for them can be extremely expensive. For this reason, household service expenses can be pursued in a wrongful death claim.
Will My Case Go to Trial?

Before a civil lawsuit is filed, your attorney will usually file a claim against the negligent party’s insurer. Over 90 percent of wrongful death cases are settled during negotiations that precede an actual court case. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, it is possible that your case will be argued in court. If your case is tried, your lawyer will take on the important role of filing lawsuits, constructing a case, drafting necessary pleadings, collecting documents and admissions, taking legal depositions, and more.

Watch YouTube Video: What is a Wrongful Death Claim? What Does a Wrongful Death Claim Mean? This video provides the definition of a wrongful death claim and what the term means.

Eureka Wrongful Death Lawyers

I’m Ed Smith, a Eureka wrongful death lawyer and founder of the leading personal injury webpage in Northern California. If an avoidable accident has left your loved one with fatal trauma, please get in touch with me as soon as you are able by calling (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400. If you prefer, you can also reach me through my website.

I have been helping the people of Eureka and surrounding areas to claim fair wrongful death and personal injury payments for over 36 years. If you’d like to see what some of the clients I have represented in the past have to say about me, visit my pages on Google, Yelp, and Avvo.

To find further information about my history of successful advocacy, browse through the many Verdicts and Settlements my firm has obtained.

I am a proud Million Dollar Advocates Forum member. Attorneys of this forum have previously resolved a case worth at least 1,000,000 US dollars.

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