Oroville Wrongful Death Lawyer


If you’ve found yourself reading this page, you might be currently experiencing an intense state of grieving and may even be in disbelief after a person in your life suddenly lost their life. You may feel any number of emotions; you might feel angry at those responsible for the accident, trapped by your depression, or anxious about how you will be able to continue living your life after this tragic event. Many who have suffered through losing a loved one feel as if it is difficult to even breathe and often have a hard time getting out of the house or completing their normal, daily activities. These emotions are all common and are natural parts of losing somebody as the result of a preventable accident.

Unexpected Death

For many people, there wasn’t any warning that the accident would happen. This means that you might not have been able to tell the person you love goodbye. In other cases, people can share a conversation or embrace with their loved one without realizing they won’t ever be able to talk to them again. In every one of these cases, the tragedy is made more difficult by knowing that the accident wouldn’t have happened if another person or entity had prevented it. After suffering such a difficult loss, it is important that people take the necessary steps to recover and continue living their lives. A critical step on the road to recovery is speaking with an experienced Oroville wrongful death lawyer who can help you find out what you are owed and help you pursue the payments you deserve from those who caused the accident.

Quick Action

I certainly understand that the grieving process following a fatal accident can leave people feeling overwhelmed. I also know that this feeling means that many want to postpone taking any legal action. However, negligent parties and insurance companies usually are not going through the same emotions. Liable parties typically immediately begin doing everything in their power to defend themselves from having to pay for damages. Because of this, having a legal expert on your team as soon as you are able can be vitally important. The faster that your Oroville wrongful death lawyer can begin investigating your case, the more prepared they will be to prevent evidence from being obscured.

Having an Oroville wrongful death attorney early on not only means preventing responsible parties from defending themselves, but your lawyer will be able to take care of all the deadlines, paperwork, and details involved in your case. With an attorney on your side, you don’t need to worry about negotiating with insurers, interviewing witnesses, filling out the proper forms, and all of the many complicated details of claiming the payment that you deserve for the terrible loss that you have suffered.

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

The legal term “wrongful death” is outlined in the California Civil Code of Procedure 377.60. The term refers to deaths caused by the fault or negligence of another party. This party can be an individual, a group of individuals, a company, a government body, or any entity that is determined to have been negligent in an accident.

The goal of any wrongful death case is making sure that those who have lost a person they love and depend on are justly compensated for losses related to their loved one’s death. While the life of a person can never fully be compensated for, wrongful death claims usually seek repayments for both financial and emotional damages that dependents and family members suffer after losing their loved one.

Recoverable Damages

The types of damages that can be recovered in a case of wrongful death vary widely and depend on the particular details of every case. However, some of the more common types of payment include the below:

  • Medical Costs - Many times, people injured in accidents will receive medical treatments on an ambulance or in a hospital before they lose their lives. The costs of these treatments are typically recoverable through wrongful death claims.
  • Pain and Suffering - these types of losses are non-economic, which means that they do not have a set value. While it is easy to know how much a hospital bill is worth, some damages can be more difficult to agree on and might even require the decision of a jury when settlements can’t be reached. Pain and Suffering payments can include money for loss of parental guidance, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, loss of consortium, and more.
  • Loss of Income - If the person you lost was an income earner in your family, you could claim payments for the income the decedent would have made in the future had the fatal incident not taken place.
  • Loss of Services - The people we love improve our everyday lives by helping us with household services. These services include things like cleaning, repairing things around the house, cooking, taking care of young children, and more. Often, the labor that our loved ones perform for free would be very costly if we had to hire somebody else to do it. For this reason, the services that your loved one provided you with can also be pursued through a wrongful death claim.
Will My Case Go to Court?

Before filing a civil lawsuit, your lawyer will most often file a wrongful death claim against the insurance company of the negligent party. More than 90 percent of wrongful death claims are settled in negotiations with insurers that take place before the case goes to trial. However, when a settlement can’t be reached, it’s possible that a case will have to be argued in court. When this happens, your Oroville wrongful death lawyer will become invaluable and will take on the vital task of constructing your case, filing lawsuits, drafting pleadings, taking depositions, gathering admissions and documents, and more.

The below video is a helpful way to learn more about the meaning of the term “wrongful death claim.”

Speak with an Oroville Wrongful Death Attorney Today

I’m Ed Smith, an Oroville wrongful death lawyer and the founder of Northern CA’s number one personal injury website. The loss of a loved one can be a devastating experience. If a person you love was killed in an accident, please reach out and talk to us so that we can give you free, friendly advice. To call, you can use either (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400. If it is easier for you, you can also use our website to send us a message.

We’ve been assisting Oroville families, and individuals claim fair repayment for personal injury and wrongful death damages since the year 1982.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 2.3.21]

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