Losing someone you love because of the negligent conduct of another is devastating and overwhelming. It’s extremely difficult to think about hiring an attorney at a time like this. But the time to investigate a wrongful death claim is now, while details are clear in witnesses’ minds, evidence is accessible, and legal papers need to be filed.
Choosing A Wrongful Death Attorney
When choosing a wrongful death attorney, it is important that the victim’s heirs not only look for a law firm with extensive experience in handling such cases, but also one with compassionate, caring attorneys and professional staff who will respect the suffering and sadness their clients are experiencing.
How We Can Help
At the Appel law Firm LLP, our attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience in handling wrongful death cases, and understand not only the intricate legal aspects of handling such cases but also the emotionally sensitive aspects affecting our clients. We work diligently to see these cases through to completion so as to relieve as much stress as possible during this difficult time in our clients’ lives.
Call us for a free consultation. We will address your immediate questions and concerns with commitment and compassion. Once we take your case, we’ll guide you through the legal system to recover monetary damages from the responsible party. It’s our personal attention that wins people over.
Alert: Your wrongful death case must be filed within a certain time, so there is always urgency to retain an expert attorney.
Aspects of a Wrongful Death Claim
In order to successfully bring a wrongful death claim in California. The decedent’s heirs must prove that:
- (1) The death was caused, in whole or part, by the conduct of the defendant;
- (2) the defendant was negligent or strictly liable for the victim’s death;
- (3) there is a surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries, or dependents; and
- (4) monetary damages have resulted from the victim’s death.
In a wrongful death claim, those permitted to bring such a claim are entitled to “just compensation” for the loss each has suffered by reason of the death of their loved one. Compensation for wrongful death cases is determined by determining: (1) financial support (2) right to receive support (3) age of the deceased and (4) respective life expectancy of the deceased.
Each entitled person also can receive reasonable compensation for the loss of love, companionship, comfort, affection, society, solace, or moral support of the decedent. Finally, funeral and medical costs are a part of the legal analysis.
If you have suffered losses associated with the wrongful death of a loved one, the Appel Law Firm LLP, can offer the experience and skill necessary to provide you with sound advice on how to protect your legal rights.