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Wrongful Death in Santa Ana, CA

Santa Ana Wrongful Death Attorney

Has a Family Member Suffered a Wrongful Death in Santa Ana?

Some of the injury cases our law firm handles involve a death caused by a negligent party. If a person has died in an accident, the family of the deceased is likely entitled to compensation for their terrible loss. You will need the assistance of a knowledgeable Santa Ana wrongful death attorney. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Tim D. Wright fight for accident and injury victims and their loved ones every day. They might be able to help you obtain compensation for your loss.

A wrongful death is where the negligence or carelessness of a person or company are responsible for a fatal accident. The law in California recognizes that when one person's actions cost another his life, the responsible individual needs to 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 might be entitled to bring a civil case against those responsible for the accident.

Common Kinds of Cases that Result In Wrongful Death

A few of the most common types of cases 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 car accident is devastating. And it can be emotionally challenging to consider what you need to do next when you are so early in the mourning process. However, some individuals report that filing a lawsuit helped to give them comfort since 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 leads to a wrongful death can leave a family with significant stress regarding repaying medical bills, taking care of funeral expenses, and losing income from a primary provider. The Law Offices of Tim D. Wright can help to guarantee that you receive the compensation that you deserve for medical bills, lost income, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.

Wrongful death caused by 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 drunk drivers, distracted motorists, and speeding, almost any kind of motor vehicle 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 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 Caused By Slip and Fall Accidents

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

Slips and falls can occur 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 places of work. The way your wrongful death claim will be pursued is different depending on where the accident happened. For example, claims against big 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 fatal when they occur to an elderly person. A slip and fall can put serious pressure on an older person that they might never recover from. When you are in the later stages of life and all of a sudden you have to be bedridden for a long period of time, your chances of recovering fully 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 increasing.

Workplace Wrongful Death

Workplace accidents that most frequently result in deaths include:

  • Falls from heights
  • Fire and explosions
  • Malfunctions or flaws with equipment
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Exposure to harmful 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 responsible for damages. But, usually 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 Because of Medical Malpractice

Wrongful death because of medical malpractice is among the trickier case types in personal injury law. Considering 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 cause a wrongful death includes:

  • Early discharge from medical facility
  • Incorrect medication or dose
  • 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 center, get in touch with one of our medical malpractice lawyers 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 several kinds of damages and losses from a wrongful death in Santa Ana, including:

  • The pain, suffering and grief of the surviving family members– There is not a more difficult time in life than when you lose somebody you love. The feelings and pain you may experience can be excruciating. We understand that no amount of money will make you feel whole again. Nevertheless, the family members have a right to a financial recovery for the pain of experiencing this tragic experience.
  • Funeral costs– Almost immediately after a tragic loss, family members have to incur substantial cost for a funeral. Part of this law firm's job will be to recover expenses dollars. Our law firm will strive to recover those costs 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 loved one.
  • Loss of the future wages of the deceased– Often the family member that passes away was earning income. Family members were relying on that loved one to support the family. They have a right to recover that loss of future wages. If necessary, our law firm can retain an economist to identify what amount your family member would have made during the rest of their life.
  • Punitive damages– During a wrongful death case, attorneys will decide whether it is appropriate to ask for 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.because of the funeral.
  • Medical bills and costs– In a lot of wrongful death cases, the medical bills before passing away can be very expensive. Commonly, billing may exceed several hundred thousand 

Free Wrongful Death Claim Consultation

No amount of money can properly compensate an accident victim's family after a death because of negligence or recklessness. Nevertheless, these family members are entitled to financial relief that is provided under local and state laws. After an accident, numerous families choose to talk to a wrongful death attorney in Santa Ana to figure out whether they have a case.

The kind of accident can impact what options 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 immediately after a fatality.

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

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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