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Wrongful Death in San Fernando Valley

San Fernando Valley Wrongful Death Attorney - Has a Family Member Suffered a Wrongful Death in San Fernando?

Some of the injury claims our law firm takes on involve a death caused by a negligent party. If a person has passed away in an accident, the loved ones of the deceased are probably entitled to compensation for their tragic loss. You will need the help of a knowledgeable San Fernando wrongful death lawyer. The attorneys at Tim D. Wright defend accident and injury victims and their families every day. They may be able to help you obtain compensation for your loss.

A wrongful death is where the negligence or recklessness of an individual or company are responsible for a fatal accident. The law in California recognizes that when one person's actions cost another their life, the responsible individual must 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 may 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 cases 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 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 people report that filing a claim helped to provide peace of mind because they had one less thing to worry about. A wrongful death claim means that something is being done to get justice for a deceased loved one.

An automobile accident that leads to a wrongful death can leave a family with significant stress about repaying medical costs, managing funeral expenses, and losing income from a primary provider. Tim D. Wright can help to ensure that you obtain the compensation that you deserve for medical costs, lost earnings, loss of consortium, as well as pain and suffering.

Wrongful death due to an automobile accident can occur at the scene of the accident or later when the victim succumbs to their injuries. Although fatal automobile accidents are frequently caused by intoxicated motorists, distracted drivers, and speeding, virtually any kind of automobile accident can lead to a deadly wreck. 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 dies from complications due to 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 seldom considered a deadly kind of accident. However, this is simply not accurate. Slips and falls can be fatal, particularly if the head strikes the ground or another hard surface.

Slips and falls can occur practically anywhere. However, 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 workplaces. The way your wrongful death claim will be pursued is different depending on where the accident happened. For example, cases against big commercial companies differ in their parameters and insurance policies compared to slip and fall deaths that take place at a private residence.

Slips and falls can also be fatal when they occur to an elderly person. A slip and fall can put major pressure on an older person that they might never recuperate from. When you are in the later stages of life and all of a sudden you have to be bedridden for an extended period of time, your chances of recovering fully are much slimmer. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults aged 65 and older. And this number seems to be increasing.

Workplace Wrongful Death

Workplace accidents that most commonly cause deaths include:

  • Falls from heights
  • Fire and explosions
  • Malfunctions or flaws with equipment
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Exposure to dangerous 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 died because of negligent conduct of a worker from a different company, that worker or that other company can be held responsible for damages. However, usually if a death or injury happens at the workplace or while the employee is "on the clock", the case would fall under workers' compensation.

Wrongful Death Because of Medical Malpractice

Wrongful death because of medical malpractice is one of the more difficult case types in personal injury law. Because of this, you need to be sure you have an experienced lawyer on your side when you're handling medical malpractice of any type.

Medical malpractice that can result in a wrongful death includes:

  • Early discharge from medical facility
  • Incorrect medication or dosage
  • Surgical error
  • Improper diagnosis or missed diagnosis
  • Birth injury

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

Compensation In a Wrongful Death Case

Family members might be qualified to recoup for various kinds of damages and losses from a wrongful death in San Fernando, 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 unbearable. We realize 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 going through this tragic experience.
  • Funeral costs– Almost immediately after a tragic loss, family members have to incur considerable expense for a funeral. Part of this law firm's job will be to recover expenses because of the funeral.
  • Medical bills and expenses– In many wrongful death cases, the medical expenses prior to passing away can be very expensive. Often, billing might exceed several hundred thousand dollars. Our law firm will work to recover those costs from the negligent party.
  • Loss of consortium– You have a right to recover for the loss of no longer getting to spend and enjoy time with your loved one.
  • Loss of the future earnings of the deceased– Commonly the family member that passed away 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 wages. If necessary, our law firm can hire an economist to determine what amount your family member would have made throughout the remainder of their life.
  • Punitive damages– During a wrongful death claim, lawyers will determine whether it is appropriate to request leave of Court to file a punitive damages count in the case. Punitive damages are intended to punish the responsible party for intentional and/or outrageous conduct.

Free Wrongful Death Claim Consultation

No amount of money can properly compensate an accident victim's family after a death due to negligence or recklessness. Nevertheless, these family members deserve financial relief that is provided under local and state laws. After an accident, many families choose to consult with a wrongful death attorney in San Fernando to figure out whether they have a case.

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

If you think a negligent party may have caused a wrongful death of a family member in the San Fernando area, Contact us for a free wrongful death case consultation or call (323) 379-9995 to speak with a wrongful death attorney in San Fernando Valley.

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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