Truckee Wrongful Death Lawyer


If you are reading this page, it is possible that someone you love recently lost their life because of a sudden, unpredictable accident. In these situations, people often feel overwhelmed and may have a difficult time accepting what happened. Furthermore, a fatal accident can also leave families in a difficult financial situation.

As Truckee wrongful death lawyers, it’s our job to help families recover financially and personally after fatal accidents.

We Handle Many Types of Cases

Our law firm will only accept cases that involve a deadly or severe injury. Because we specialize our practice in this way, our legal team is an expert in high-value cases. We have decades of experience helping families hold at-fault parties and insurance companies responsible for damages.

Even though we focus on major cases, there are many different kinds of fatal accidents we handle. These include:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Products liability
  • Workplace accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Boat accidents
  • Farm equipment accidents
  • Plane accidents
  • Traumatic brain injury cases
Coping With Grief

Suddenly, losing somebody you love is a tragedy, and people facing such a loss often go through an intense grieving process. After a deadly accident, it is common to feel a mix of intense feelings, including confusion, anxiety, anger, fear, sadness, and more. Sometimes, those who’ve suffered a traumatic loss may even feel shocked and may even be unable to process what happened. While grieving is a different process for everybody, what’s important is to take steps to take care of yourself and provide support to the people you love.

While you may feel lost, there are several things you can do to find comfort. Many can process their feelings with their family and friends or members from communities like churches or groups of others who’ve experienced a similar loss. By sharing your feelings and relying on the support of others, it can be easier to cope and heal. If you would like to learn some more about the process of grieving, take a moment to watch the following video:

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

After deadly accidents, members of the decedent’s family and those who relied on them for financial support can seek compensation for their losses from at-fault parties by filing a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are described in the California Code of Civil Procedure. This code states that, for a deadly accident to be considered a wrongful death case, the fatality must have been caused by the negligent action or inaction of one or more at-fault parties.

People eligible to seek payments through wrongful death claims include:

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Putative spouses or putative spouses of children
  • Grandchildren of deceased children
  • Minors that relied on the decedent for at least 50% of their financial support

In California, settlement and verdict payments are issued as one lump sum, and eligible parties must divide the payment between themselves privately.

What Damages Can My Family Claim?

The loss of a loved one isn’t just emotionally painful but can also cause families serious financial problems. Suddenly losing somebody in your family often means losing a critical source of income, possibly leaving you unable to afford your living expenses. Furthermore, our loved ones often provide us with household services that are very important and expensive to hire someone else to perform. Examples of these services include home repair, childcare, cooking, cleaning, and more. Furthermore, decedents often receive medical care for injuries related to their accidents before they pass away. Through wrongful death claims, families can also seek payments for these medical expenses.

Essentially, wrongful death damages are divided into two separate categories. All of the damages described above are considered economic damages because they come with an easily identifiable price. The other category is non-economic damages, which provide payments for damages that are harder to define. These include things related to your personal suffering like loss of companionship, parental guidance, and more. Because the value of these losses is difficult to quantify, at-fault parties may try to pay less than they truly deserve, so it is important to have an experienced lawyer who knows how to make sure you receive fair compensation.

Finding a Lawyer You Can Trust

Wrongful death claims can be critical for families, so you must know your attorney will be able to confidently and effectively handle your claim. Thankfully, it’s not hard to research and find a great lawyer if you know how to look. Remember to keep these things in mind during your search:

  • Reputation - your lawyer should be well respected by their peers and the people they’ve previously worked with. You can find out about a lawyer’s reputation simply by looking them up on review sites like Avvo or Yelp and seeing what people have to say.
  • Experience - your lawyer should be an expert, which means they need a long history of dealing with cases like yours. For information about your lawyer’s past work, check out their settlements and verdicts or simply ask them about their previous successes.
  • Resources - wrongful death cases can be costly and at-faulty parties frequently put up a fight, pouring time and money into defending themselves. Sadly, this means that smaller law firms aren’t able to keep up. A good way of feeling out whether or not your attorney has the resources to do everything they can to make sure you receive fair compensation is to ask whether they would take your case to trial.
Truckee Wrongful Death Lawyer

Deadly accidents can leave families devastated. If you lost somebody you love, please call our Truckee wrongful death attorneys as soon as you can at (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400.

Our law firm has worked with families in the Truckee area since 1982, helping them obtain the settlements and verdicts that they deserve after fatal accidents. If you want to learn more about us and our work, see what our prior clients have written about us on these sites:

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 7.29.21]

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