Was Your Loved One’s Death A Result Of Someone Else’s Negligence Or Malice?
It is always difficult when a close family member dies in a crash, fall or explosion. Sometimes a loved one’s death is the culmination of weeks, months or years of struggling with the effects of accidental injuries. If you are a surviving spouse or child of the decedent, or a close relative of a deceased person without a spouse or child, you may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death claim.
In California, a wrongful death claim may be possible after an accident caused by negligence or after an incident resulting from someone’s malice. Your wrongful death lawyer will need to convince a judge and/or jury through a “preponderance of evidence” that the death was someone else’s fault. At Glickman & Glickman, with our state-wide practice and offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, we apply our years of experience as trial lawyers to develop compelling wrongful death claims for clients throughout California.
More Things To Understand About Wrongful Death Cases
Before you bring a wrongful death claim, the heirs or a personal representative of the estate must have been appointed. Once this happens, and your wrongful death attorney has prepared your case as if for trial – even if it will be discussed only in settlement conferences – you or the eligible beneficiary may receive a settlement or verdict covering:
- Final medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Replacement of lost earnings, including projected earnings over a lifetime of a typical duration
- Loss of financial support that the deceased person would have likely continued to provide
- Loss of companionship and affection
If a wrongful death claim is successful, the responsible party or parties may have to pay:
- Economic damages (such as the first four items in the list above)
- Noneconomic damages (such as the last item on the list above)
- Punitive damages (financial punishment intended to dissuade others from causing future fatalities in similar ways)
If we represent you in a wrongful death claim, we will do so on a contingency basis. That means we will not expect you to pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.
We are thorough, caring wrongful death trial lawyers ready to help you.
Schedule An Initial Consultation With No Further Obligation
We encourage you to give us a call, even if you are still planning a funeral and gathering with family members. We are compassionate as well as skilled plaintiff’s trial lawyers. We can get your case started without disturbing your family gatherings at this time. Our prompt investigation will help ensure that valuable evidence pointing to injury by negligence or malice is preserved while it is still available.