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Wrongful Death in San Gabriel

San Gabriel Wrongful Death Lawyer

Has a Loved One Suffered a Wrongful Death In San Gabriel?

Some of the injury cases our law firm handles 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 tragic loss. You will need the assistance of a knowledgeable San Gabriel wrongful death attorney. The lawyers at Tim D. Wright defend accident and injury victims and their loved ones regularly. They might be able to help you get 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 should be legally liable to pay damages to the victim's family members. This means that when a loved one is killed in an accident, the surviving family members may be entitled to bring a civil case against those responsible for the accident.

Common Types of Cases that Result In Wrongful Death

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

When a Car Accident Causes Wrongful Death

Losing a family member to a motor vehicle accident is devastating. And it can be emotionally challenging to consider what you need to do next when you are so early in the grieving process. However, some individuals report that filing a lawsuit 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.

A car accident that results in a wrongful death can leave a family with significant stress about paying back medical costs, managing funeral expenses, and losing earnings from a primary provider. Tim D. Wright can help to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve for medical expenses, lost earnings, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.

Wrongful death due to 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 often caused by intoxicated drivers, distracted drivers, and speeding, almost any type of motor vehicle accident can cause a deadly wreck. Some of the most common injuries from car accidents that later lead to 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. Therefore, 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 deadly type of accident. However, this is simply not accurate. Slips and falls can be deadly, particularly if the head strikes the ground or another hard surface.

Slips and falls can happen almost anywhere. However, some of the most prevalent 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 claim will be pursued is different depending on where the accident happened. For instance, cases against big commercial companies differ in their parameters and insurance policies compared to slip and fall deaths that happen at a private residence.

Slips and falls can also be fatal when they happen to a senior citizen. A slip and fall can put major pressure 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 have to be bedridden for an extended period of time, your odds of recovering fully are much slimmer. As a matter of fact, falls are the leading cause 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 flaws with equipment
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Exposure to dangerous substances or environments
  • Accidents caused by poor training

In these instances, identifying if there is any third-party liability for negligence depends on how the accident happened. If your loved one passed away because of negligent conduct of a worker from a different company, that worker or that other company can be held liable for damages. However, typically 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 due to medical malpractice is one of the more difficult case types in personal injury law. Because of this, you want to make sure you have a competent lawyer on your side when you're dealing with medical malpractice of any type.

Medical malpractice that can lead to a wrongful death includes:

  • Early discharge from hospital
  • Incorrect medication or dosage
  • Surgical mistake
  • Improper diagnosis or overlooked diagnosis
  • Birth injury

If someone you love passed away due to the negligence of a physician, nurse, or healthcare facility, call one of our medical malpractice attorneys at Tim D. Wright immediately so we can begin to investigate and build your case.

Compensation In a Wrongful Death Claim

Family members might be entitled to recoup for various types of damages and losses from a wrongful death in San Gabriel, 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 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 financial recuperation for the pain of going through this tragic experience.
  • Funeral expenses– Almost immediately after a tragic loss, family members have to incur significant expense for a funeral. Part of this law firm's role will be to recover expenses due to the funeral.
  • Medical bills and costs– In a lot of wrongful death cases, the medical costs before passing away can be very expensive. Commonly, billing might 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 recover 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 dies was earning income. Family members were depending on that loved one to support the family. They have a right to recuperate that loss of future wages. If needed, our law firm could hire an economist to identify what amount your loved one would have made throughout the rest of their life.
  • Punitive damages– During a wrongful death case, lawyers will decide whether it is appropriate to request leave of Court to file a punitive damages count in the claim. Punitive damages are intended to punish the responsible party for intentional and/or outrageous conduct.

Free Wrongful Death Case Consultation

No amount of money can appropriately compensate an accident victim's loved ones after a fatality due to negligence or recklessness. However, these family members are entitled to financial relief that is available under local and state laws. After an accident, many families decide to consult with a wrongful death lawyer in San Gabriel to learn whether they have a case.

The kind of accident can impact what means of recovery are offered to a family and how soon those claims must be pursued. For these reasons, it is a good idea to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after a fatality.

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

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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