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On average, between 3,000 and 4,000 Californians are killed in traffic accidents annually. Thousands of lives are lost, and an exponential number of other lives are affected every year due to preventable fatal accidents. A fatal accident caused by the negligent driving of someone other than the deceased is an example of circumstances that may lead to a wrongful death legal case.

Other bases for wrongful death claims include:

  • Boating accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Airplane crashes
  • Use of a hazardous consumer product

If your family has suffered a great loss due to the negligence of another person, business, or public entity, a skilled and experienced Ione wrongful death lawyer can help you seek compensation for the damages suffered as a result of the tragic and untimely death. 

What is a Wrongful Death?

When a deadly accident is caused by negligence, the decedent's legal heirs can seek financial compensation for the losses they have endured by filing a wrongful death claim. The law that governs such cases can be found within Sections 377.60 - 377.62 of the California Code of Civil Procedure.

Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

The emotional turmoil and grief surrounding a sudden and tragic death are often overwhelming. Many people fail to realize that such a loss can also create severe financial problems for the family that was left behind. If the deceased was the family's primary financial support, the economic loss could be great. There is also financial value assigned to other losses endured following a wrongful death in a civil matter.  Below are some of the categories of damages that an experienced Ione wrongful death attorney can seek on behalf of a grieving family:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Medical expenses incurred after the accident and before the death
  • Loss of companionship of a spouse
  • Loss of guidance from a parent
  • Loss of future income
Do I Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?

Following the death of a loved one, grief can be truly overwhelming. When the death is sudden, unexpected, and caused by another party’s negligence, the great sadness is often compounded by other emotions such as anger, frustration, and even guilt. Because a grieving person is in such a depleted emotional state, it can be easy for an insurance company to use that to its advantage. Often, an insurance adjuster will try to get a wrongful death claim settled quickly and for far less money than it is worth. While it may not seem to be a top priority, seeking the advice of a skilled wrongful death lawyer after a fatal accident is one of the first things the family should do. There are many reasons for this - one of which is that there is often important evidence in a wrongful death matter that needs to be preserved right away. 

Not only will retaining an experienced lawyer ensure that your legal rights are protected, and the value of your claim is maximized, but it will allow your emotional resources to be better spent on processing the grief rather than fighting with an insurance company.

Calling an attorney as soon as you can is important, ensuring that your family is comfortable with the legal advocate you choose. One of the best ways to feel confident with your choice is to learn what prior clients have to say about a firm’s services. Another important step is calling to speak directly with the attorney - you want a strong fighter and one who can handle your difficult case with compassion and care. Meeting in person can help finalize your decision, and the legal consultation should be free of charge and without obligation. 

The YouTube video below goes over additional information about a wrongful death case:

Ione Wrongful Death Law Firm

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to an accident in Ione, California, or elsewhere in Amador County, you are welcome to call and speak with one of the compassionate injury lawyers at our firm. We specialize in offering free and friendly advice. Call us at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400. 

To see some of our case results, please visit our Settlements and Verdicts page. Many of our prior clients have taken the time to write reviews of our firm on Avvo, Yelp, and Google

We are members of the following legal organizations:

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

National Association of Distinguished Counsel

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