Natomas Wrongful Death Lawyer
In California, approximately 3,074 people died in traffic-related accidents in 2014, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Countless others die as a result of medical malpractice, defective consumer products, exposure to toxic chemicals, boating wrecks, and other preventable accidents. That means thousands of lives (including the loved ones of the deceased victims) are affected as a result of preventable accidents. If you lost a loved one in a preventable accident that was caused by the carelessness of another individual, or company, you should speak to a Natomas wrongful death lawyer to discuss your legal options.
Wrongful Death Defined
According to California Code of Civil Procedure § 377.60, wrongful death is defined as an action, or lack of a reasonable action, that proximately causes the death of an individual as a result of the negligence of another person or entity (e.g., business).
Damages that May Be Pursued Through a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If you lost a loved one in an accident, you may have the ability to pursue monetary damages against the negligent party. Obviously, no amount of financial recovery can fully compensate you for the loss of a loved one, but the civil justice system is limited to the pursuit of financial restitution as a way to send a message to the negligent individual and others similarly situated to the negligent individual. If you decide to move forward with a wrongful death claim, you can pursue the following damages:
- The sudden loss of earnings provided by the decedent (e.g., losing the main income-earner in your household).
- Loss of companionship and guidance provided by the decedent to their spouse and children.
- Burial and funeral expenses.
- Any medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
- Emotional trauma (i.e. pain and suffering).
Why It Makes Sense to Hire a Natomas Wrongful Death Attorney
The recovery of monetary damages depends on an array of factors such as the age of the decedent, their life expectancy, whether they supported a family, and available insurance coverage. Your Natomas wrongful death attorney will conduct a full investigation of the incident and the ramifications of your loss to provide a detailed picture to a judge or jury of your harms and losses (both financially and emotionally). Your Natomas wrongful death lawyer will also contact all of the relevant insurance companies to provide notice that you intend to pursue a claim and negotiate on your behalf.
Qualities to Look For in a Natomas Wrongful Death Lawyer
There are plenty of wrongful death attorneys to choose from in and around Natomas. It may feel a bit overwhelming trying to find the best wrongful death lawyer for your case. Here are some important factors you should consider in your hiring decision:
- the lawyer actually has experience representing people in wrongful death cases;
- the lawyer has actually taken a civil case all the way to trial; and
- the lawyer is compassionate and sensitive to your situation.
Will My Wrongful Death Case Go To Trial?
Many people are hesitant to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party because they are intimidated by the prospect of filing a lawsuit and having to testify in court. This is especially true for family members who recently lost a loved one in a terrible accident. They may have seen dramatized portrayals of jury trials in the movies. Be rest assured, with the assistance of a Natomas wrongful death lawyer, a trial is not nearly as intimidating as it may appear on the big screen. It is also important to note that the vast majority of personal injury and wrongful death cases wind up settling before trial. In fact, well over 90 percent of claims are actually resolved without going to a jury trial. Nevertheless, trial is sometimes necessary if the negligent party’s insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer. In this situation, you need to be sure you have an attorney who is ready and able to file suit and take your case all the way to trial.Natomas Wrongful Death Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Natomas wrongful death lawyer. If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, please call me today at 916.921.6400 for free, friendly advice.
See the results of some of my past cases here: Verdicts and Settlements.
I am pleased to belong to the Million Dollar Forum. This organization accepts only trial attorneys who have obtained million dollar verdicts or greater.
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