Pursuing Justice For Family After A Wrongful Death
A wrongful death claim can be brought when a person dies due in a fatal accident such as an auto, truck, bicycle or motorcycle crash. Product liability, dangerous property and roadway conditions may all lead to wrongful death claims.
Attorney Scott Sumner is an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Walnut Creek, California, who can help you hold the individuals, companies or governmental agencies at fault legally liable for causing or not preventing the death of a loved one. The law firm serves Contra Costa County, the Bay Area and beyond. Wrongful death claims may ease the financial burden of the loss of a loved one through compensation for lost relationships, companionship, lost wages or benefits of the deceased, and funeral and burial costs.
In certain cases, persons who suffer a financial loss by the victim’s death can bring a wrongful death suit even though they are not related by marriage or blood.
Who Can File For A Wrongful Death Suit In California?
Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed by a representative on behalf of survivors, who may be immediate family members (spouse, children, parents, siblings), financial dependents or life partners. A grandparent raising a child who was killed may be able to bring an action.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought against defendants like the builder of a faulty roadway, manufacturer of a faulty vehicle part or household product, the driver of an automobile, persons who sold or served alcohol to an impaired driver, or the owner of the premises where a fatality occurred. If your loved one died in a hit-and-run bicycle or pedestrian-auto accident, Mr. Sumner will work tirelessly to bring the driver to justice.
Types Of Damages You Could Recover
The three types of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Economic, covering the loss of the victim’s expected earnings and final medical expenses
- Noneconomic, including mental anguish, loss of care, loss of love and loss of consortium
- Punitive, addressing bad conduct such as nursing home elder abuse
The Phases Of A Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Pretrial, Litigation And Settlement
During the pretrial phase, your personal injury attorney will:
- Conduct a full investigation
- Gather evidence
- Put the responsible parties on notice
A case may settle during the pretrial phase, during the litigation phase or even while the jury is deliberating over the verdict. Since wrongful death lawsuits often involve complex areas of law, it’s wise to hire a knowledgeable and experienced attorney like Scott Sumner.