Shasta Lake Wrongful Death Lawyer


Accidents happen in an instant and can have tragic consequences. If you have found this webpage, you may have recently lost somebody you love due to a preventable accident. Such a traumatic, sudden loss can leave people feeling overwhelmed and unsure of how they’ll be able to move forward with their lives, especially because fatal accidents frequently leave families with serious financial issues.

As Shasta Lake wrongful death lawyers, we take pride in helping families recover their financial and personal well-being after fatal accidents.

We Handle Many Types of Wrongful Death Accidents

Many law firms will take on any case that they can get, but we specialize our practice and will only handle cases that involve either a major or deadly injury. Because we’ve focused on these kinds of cases for almost four decades, all of our attorneys are experts at handling high-value claims. While we are selective about the cases we handle, there are several different kinds of fatal accidents that we work on, including the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Traumatic brain injury cases
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Medical malpractice cases
  • Products liability cases
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Boat accidents
  • Farm equipment accidents
  • Plane accidents
Understanding Accidents and Grief

The unexpected loss of somebody you love can be very difficult, and many grieving individuals feel an intense mix of emotions, including anger, confusion, fear, anxiety, sadness, and more. In some cases, fatal accidents can leave people feeling shocked and unable to process what happened. No matter what grieving looks like for you, it’s important to do what you can to take care of yourself and those you care about.

While grief might feel overwhelming, there are things that grieving people can do to seek comfort. By seeking support from friends, family, and members of their communities, those who’ve lost people in fatal accidents often find it easier to cope and process their emotions. To learn a bit more about the grieving process, take a minute to watch the following video:

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

After fatal accidents, family members and dependents of the decedent can seek compensation from negligent parties through wrongful death claims. These claims are outlined in the California Code of Civil Procedure. For a fatal accident to qualify as a case of wrongful death, the fatality must have been caused by the negligent actions or lack of actions of an at-fault party.

The parties eligible to claim compensation through wrongful death claims include the following:

  • Children
  • Spouses
  • Grandchildren of deceased children
  • Putative spouses or children of putative spouses
  • Stepchildren
  • Minors who were at least 50% financially dependent on the decedent

The payments issued through these claims are issued in a lump sum and need to be divided privately between eligible parties.

What Compensation Can My Family Recover?

Not only is the loss of a loved one emotionally difficult, but families frequently face major financial issues. For instance, the decedent may have been their household’s main income source or may have provided their family with important services that are very expensive to replace, like childcare, home maintenance, or cleaning. Additionally, families are often charged for medical treatments that their loved one received before passing away.

Thankfully, all of these damages can be pursued through wrongful death claims. In addition to these kinds of economic damages, wrongful death claims also include payments for non-economic damages related to your personal suffering. These include things like loss of spousal companionship, loss of parental guidance, and more. Because personal suffering damages are hard to define with an exact dollar amount, it’s important to have an attorney who can make sure that at-fault parties and insurance companies don’t try to get away with low-ball offers.

How Long do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Technically, families have up to two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. However, there are significant exceptions, including government entities, medical malpractice cases, and more. Because of this, it’s important to contact a Shasta Lake wrongful death lawyer as soon as you are able.

Furthermore, at-fault parties typically aren’t experiencing grief and will start building a legal defense right away. By taking early and aggressive action, these parties often attempt to disclaim responsibility for what happened, potentially leaving families unable to claim the payments that they deserve. To prevent this, it’s best to have an attorney on your side as early as possible. When lawyers can get a head-start working on a wrongful death case, they can be more effective while defending your family’s right to fair compensation.

Shasta Lake Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Shasta Lake wrongful death lawyer. For families dealing with wrongful death cases, it’s important to get professional help. If you lost someone in an accident, please give us a call at (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400 to receive free, friendly legal advice from an expert attorney.

We’ve helped people living in the Shasta Lake area with wrongful death cases for 38 years. You can learn about us and our history of legal advocacy by reading through our list of prior settlements and verdicts. Additionally, our clients have left us many outstanding reviews on:

We belong to Million Dollar Advocates. To belong to this group, you must be a U.S. attorney who successfully settled or won a case for which their client was awarded one million dollars or more. We are also part of a group for distinguished attorneys called Top One Percent.

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