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Wrongful Death in Ontario, CA

Ontario Wrongful Death Attorney

Has a Family Member Suffered a Wrongful Death in Ontario?

Some of the injury cases our law firm takes on involve a death caused by a negligent party. If a person has died in an accident, the loved ones of the deceased are probably entitled to compensation for their tragic loss. You will need the assistance of a qualified Ontario wrongful death attorney. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Tim D. Wright fight for accident and injury victims and their families everyday. They may be able to help you obtain compensation for your loss.

A wrongful death is where the negligence or recklessness of a person or company are responsible for a fatality. The law in California recognizes that when someone's actions cost another his or her life, the responsible person should be legally liable to pay damages to the victim's family members. This means that when a loved one dies in an accident, the surviving family members might be entitled to bring a civil claim against those responsible for the accident.

Common Types of Cases that Result In Wrongful Death

Some of the most common kinds of situations that lead to wrongful death are motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, workplace accidents, and medical malpractice.

When a Motor Vehicle Accident Causes Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one to an automobile accident is devastating. And it can be emotionally challenging to consider what you should do next when you are so early in the mourning process. However, some individuals report that filing a lawsuit helped to give them comfort because they had one less thing to worry about. A wrongful death case means that something is being done to get justice for a deceased family member.

A car accident that leads to a wrongful death can leave a family with major stress concerning paying back medical bills, handling funeral expenses, and losing income from a primary provider. The Law Offices of Tim D. Wright can help to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to for medical expenses, lost income, loss of consortium, as well as pain and suffering.

Wrongful death due to a car accident can happen at the scene of the accident or later on when the victim succumbs to their injuries. Although fatal automobile accidents are frequently caused by intoxicated motorists, distracted motorists, and speeding, almost any kind of motor vehicle accident can cause a fatal collision. A few of the most common injuries from car accidents that later result in wrongful death are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries. If your loved one passes away from complications because of their injury, it still falls under the umbrella of wrongful death. As such, the at-fault party can still be sued for their negligence.

Wrongful Death Due to Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are rarely considered a fatal type of accident. However, this is simply not true. Slips and falls can be fatal, especially if the head strikes the ground or another hard surface.

Slips and falls can happen practically anywhere. However, some of the most common locations where slip and falls occur that qualify as wrongful deaths are grocery stores, commercial businesses, apartment complexes, parking lots, and workplaces. The way your wrongful death case will be sought is different depending on where the accident occurred. For instance, claims against large commercial companies differ in their parameters and insurance policies compared to slip and fall deaths that occur at a private residence.

Slips and falls can also be deadly when they happen to a senior citizen. A slip and fall can place significant strain on an older individual that they may never recover from. When you are in the later stages of life and all of a sudden you need to be bedridden for an extended period of time, your chances of recovering completely are much slimmer. As a matter of fact, falls are the leading source of injury-related death for adults aged 65 and older. And this number seems to be rising.

Workplace Wrongful Death

Workplace accidents that most frequently result in fatalities include:

  • Falls from heights
  • Fire and explosions
  • Malfunctions or errors with equipment
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Exposure to hazardous substances or environments
  • Accidents caused by improper training

In these cases, determining if there is any third-party liability for negligence depends on how the accident happened. If your loved one passed away due to negligent conduct of a worker from a different company, that worker or that other company can be held liable for damages. But, usually if a death or injury happens at the workplace or while the worker is "on the clock", the case would fall under workers' compensation.

Wrongful Death Due to Medical Malpractice

Wrongful death because of medical malpractice is one of the trickier case types in personal injury law. Because of this, you need to be sure you have a competent attorney on your side when you're dealing with medical malpractice of any kind.

Medical malpractice that can cause a wrongful death includes:

  • Early discharge from medical facility
  • Wrong medication or dosage
  • Surgical mistake
  • Improper diagnosis or missed diagnosis
  • Birth injury

If somebody you love died as a result of the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or healthcare center, call one of our medical malpractice attorneys at the Law Offices of Tim D. Wright immediately so we can start to investigate and develop your case.

Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case

Family members might be entitled to recoup for many kinds of damages and losses from a wrongful death in Ontario, including:

  • The pain, suffering and grief of the surviving family members– There is not a more difficult time in life than when you lose someone you love. The feelings and pain you may experience can be unbearable. We understand that no amount of money will make you feel whole again. However, the loved ones have a right to a financial recovery for the pain of going through this tragic experience.
  • Funeral costs– Almost immediately after a tragic loss, family members have to incur significant cost for a funeral. Part of this law firm's role will be to recover expenses due to the funeral.
  • Medical bills and expenses– In a lot of wrongful death cases, the medical bills prior to passing away can be very expensive. Commonly, billing may exceed several hundred thousand dollars. Our law firm will work to recuperate those expenses from the negligent party.
  • Loss of consortium– You have a right to recuperate for the loss of no longer being able to spend and enjoy time with your family member.
  • Loss of the future income of the deceased– Commonly the family member that dies was earning income. Family members were relying on that loved one to support the family. They have a right to recuperate that loss of future earnings. If necessary, our law firm can employ an economist to establish what amount your family member would have made throughout the rest of their life.
  • Punitive damages– During a wrongful death claim, attorneys will decide whether it is appropriate to ask for leave of Court to file a punitive damages count in the lawsuit. Punitive damages are meant to punish the responsible party for deliberate and/or outrageous conduct.

Free Wrongful Death Claim Consultation

No amount of money can appropriately compensate an accident victim's family after a death because of negligence or recklessness. However, these family members are entitled to financial relief that is available under local and state laws. After an accident, several families decide to consult with a wrongful death attorney in Ontario to figure out whether they have a case.

The kind of accident can affect what options of recovery are available to a family and how soon those cases must be pursued. For these reasons, it is a good idea to get legal counsel immediately after a fatality.

If you believe a negligent party might have caused a wrongful death of a family member in the Ontario area, Reach out to us for a free wrongful death claim consultation or call (323) 379-9995 to speak to a wrongful death lawyer in Ontario.

I am very satisfied and thankful with Attorney Tim Wright and his whole team for taking care and handling my fathers personal injuries case. Thank you all very much your staff is amazing, very helpful.
Abraham Ortega
The Law Offices of Tim D. Wright were awesome. They were professional, they kept an open communication with me through out the process.  Big shout out to Sergio and Mercedes for being very helpful with my settlement.
Frank Medina

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