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Wrongful Death in Riverside, CA

Riverside Wrongful Death Attorney

Has a Family Member Suffered a Wrongful Death in Riverside?

Some of the injury claims our law firm takes on involve a death caused by a negligent party. If an individual has died in an accident, the family of the deceased is probably entitled to compensation for their terrible loss. You will need the assistance of an experienced Riverside wrongful death attorney. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Tim D. Wright defend accident and injury victims and their families everyday. They might 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 fatal accident. 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. This means that when a loved one dies in an accident, the surviving family members may be entitled to bring a civil claim against those responsible for the accident.

Common Kinds of Cases that Result In Wrongful Death

Some of the most common kinds of situations that result in wrongful death are automobile accidents, slips and falls, workplace accidents, and medical malpractice.

When a Car Accident Causes Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one to a motor vehicle 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 provide 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 loved one.

A car accident that causes a wrongful death can leave a family with major stress regarding repaying medical expenses, handling funeral expenses, and losing income from a primary provider. The Law Offices of Tim D. Wright can help to ensure that you obtain the compensation that you are entitled to for medical expenses, lost earnings, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.

Wrongful death because of a motor vehicle accident can happen at the scene of the accident or later when the victim succumbs to their injuries. Although fatal motor vehicle accidents are oftentimes caused by intoxicated drivers, distracted motorists, and speeding, virtually any kind of automobile accident can lead to a deadly wreck. A few of the most common injuries from motor vehicle accidents that later result in wrongful death are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries. If your loved one dies 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 Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents

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

Slips and falls can occur almost anywhere. But some of the most common places where slip and falls occur that qualify as wrongful deaths are grocery stores, commercial businesses, apartment complexes, parking lots, and places of work. The way your wrongful death case will be sought is different depending on where the accident took place. 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 occur to a senior citizen. A slip and fall can place significant strain on an older individual that they might never recover from. When you are in the later stages of life and all of a sudden you need to be bedridden for a long period of time, your chances of recovering completely are much slimmer. In fact, falls are the leading source of injury-related death for adults aged 65 and older. And this number appears to be rising.

Workplace Wrongful Death

Workplace accidents that most commonly result in deaths include:

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

In these cases, identifying if there is any third-party liability for negligence depends on how the accident occurred. If your loved one died because of negligent conduct of an employee from a different company, that worker or that other company can be held responsible for damages. But, typically if a death or injury occurs at the workplace or while the employee is "on the clock", the case would fall under workers' compensation.

Wrongful Death Due to Medical Malpractice

Wrongful death due to medical malpractice is one of the trickier case types in personal injury law. Because of this, you want to be sure you have a competent attorney on your side when you're handling medical malpractice of any type.

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 someone you love passed away due to the negligence of a physician, nurse, or healthcare facility, contact one of our medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Offices of Tim D. Wright as soon as possible so we can start to investigate and build your case.

Compensation In a Wrongful Death Case

Family members might be entitled to recoup for various types of damages and losses from a wrongful death in Riverside, including:

  • The pain, suffering and grief of the surviving family members– There is not a harder time in life than when you lose someone you love. The feelings and pain you might experience can be excruciating. We know that no amount of money will make you feel whole again. Nevertheless, the loved ones have a right to a monetary recovery for the pain of experiencing this unfortunate experience.
  • Funeral costs– Almost immediately after a tragic loss, family members have to incur considerable cost for a funeral. Part of this law firm's job will be to recover expenses due to the funeral.
  • Medical bills and costs– In many wrongful death cases, the medical bills prior to passing away can be very expensive. Often, billing may exceed several hundred thousand dollars. Our law firm will strive to recuperate those costs from the negligent party.
  • Loss of consortium– You have a right to recuperate for the loss of no longer getting to spend and enjoy time with your loved one.
  • Loss of the future wages of the deceased– Commonly the family member that passed away was earning income. Family members were relying on that loved one to support the household. They have a right to recover that loss of future wages. If needed, our law firm can retain an economist to determine what amount your family member would have earned throughout the remainder of his or her 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 claim. 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 adequately compensate an accident victim's loved ones after a death due to negligence or recklessness. Nevertheless, these family members deserve financial relief that is offered under local and state laws. After an accident, several families choose to talk to a wrongful death attorney in Riverside to find out whether they have a case.

The type of accident can impact what means of recovery are provided to a family and how soon those claims need to be pursued. For these reasons, it is a good idea to pursue legal counsel immediately after a fatality.

If you think a negligent party may have caused a wrongful death of a family member in the Riverside area, Reach out to us for a free wrongful death case consultation or call (323) 379-9995 to speak with a wrongful death lawyer in Riverside.

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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