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Rio Vista Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wrongful DeathIf you have landed on this webpage, you may have recently suffered the loss of somebody you love because of a preventable accident. Those who’ve been affected by such incidents often experience intense grief that can feel confusing or possibly overwhelming. In addition to coping with their grief, families often face major financial issues due to deadly accidents. For many, such issues can make it difficult or impossible to know how to move forward with their lives after suffering such a terrible loss.

As Rio Vista wrongful death lawyers, our job is to work with those affected by fatal accidents and help them recover their financial and personal wellbeing.

We Focus on Major Accident Cases

Many law firms will take on many different types of cases to secure as many clients as possible. However, our firm will only take on cases that either involve fatal or severe injuries. Because we have been specializing our practice for nearly four decades, our attorneys are seasoned experts in dealing with wrongful death claims.

While we focus on major injury cases, we have ample experience handling many different accident types. Fatal accident types that our firm handles include:

  • Auto accidents
  • Products liability cases
  • Plane accidents
  • Medical malpractice cases
  • Workplace death cases
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Uber and Lyft accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Farm accidents
Running a Holistic Practice

We are often referred to as the “personal” personal injury attorney. This nickname reflects how we choose to run our firm holistically and providing clients with personal care, guidance, and compassion. We think of our firm as a big family, and the clients we represent are important members.

Many attorneys prefer to maintain a strictly business-like tone with their clients during the claims process, keeping them at arm’s length. For some, this approach is desirable. However, we believe that taking a real interest in our clients’ lives allows us to gain valuable insight into how they’ve been affected by their losses. In turn, this insight makes us more effective advocates when we are proving cases in court or negotiating with stubborn insurance companies.

Dealing with Grief

Losing a person you care about is never an easy thing to do, and the pain can be immense. However, people who’ve lost loved ones in sudden, unexpected accidents can have an even harder time making sense of their feelings. While the grieving process can often feel totally overwhelming, many people can find comfort by relying on family, friends, and communities they care about.

If you’d like to learn a little more about the grieving process and how it specifically relates to fatal accidents, take a moment to read this informative article from our firm. For a good overview of the stages of grief, you can watch the below video:

The Cost of a Fatal Accident

The financial impact of a deadly accident can be severe. In many cases, the decedent was the main income earner in their household or provided their family with important, valuable services such as childcare, cleaning, home maintenance, and more. Suddenly losing access to these things can leave families unable to pay bills or take care of important aspects of their lives.

On top of losing income and services, families are often left with medical bills for care rendered before their loved one passed away and may be shocked to learn how expensive it is to pay for funeral and burial services.

Thankfully, all of the damages described above are common types of compensation available through wrongful death claims. Not only can wrongful death claims provide families with compensation for these economic losses, but also often include payments for personal suffering.

Finding the Right Attorney

Wrongful death claims can be critical to people’s lives. Because these cases are so important, you should be sure that your Rio Vista wrongful death lawyer has the skills, experience, and resources necessary to effectively handle your claim.

For many, the idea of researching wrongful death attorneys seems like an added stress in an already stressful situation. However, having a lawyer early on is often vital to ensuring you receive fair compensation. Fortunately, finding an attorney isn’t difficult if you know what to look for. When looking for the right wrongful death lawyer, keep these things in mind:

  • Reputation - Your attorney should be well-respected in their community. To find out about a lawyers’ reputation, all you need to do is visit their profiles on websites like Yelp or Avvo (a site specifically for ranking attorneys). Reviews and ratings can tell you a lot about a lawyers’ reputation.
  • Resources - Wrongful death claims require a lot of time and money. Many lawyers simply don’t have the resources to do everything possible to make sure you receive fair compensation. A good way to determine whether or not your attorney has the resources necessary for a major wrongful death case is to ask them whether they would be comfortable taking your case to trial.
Rio Vista Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Rio Vista wrongful death lawyer. If your family was affected by a fatal accident, please reach out to our legal team for free, and friendly advice about recovering compensation for your damages. We are available at (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900.

Our firm has assisted people in Rio Vista with wrongful death cases since 1982, and we have achieved many high-value settlements and verdicts during this time. To learn more details about how we’ve been able to help our clients, see what they’ve written about our work on:

I’m proud to belong to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This group is for attorneys in the United States who’ve successfully resolved a case that was worth one million dollars or more. I’m also part of a group of distinguished legal counsel called Top One Percent.

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