Encino Wrongful Death Attorneys
Gaining Justice for Clients
When families lose a loved one because of someone else’s actions, that person – or company – should be held responsible for their actions. It is important to understand that it is not always a single person that is negligent in the loss of another’s life, which is where the experienced Encino wrongful death attorneys at Binder Law Group can help. Government entities, corporations, and insurance companies alike can share the burden. Our lawyers provide focused investigations to ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable for their involvement.
Although the goal in most of our cases is to help the family regain the financial loss, including current and future earnings their loved one provided, the center of our case is the family’s overall recovery. We understand that unexpectedly losing a loved one creates an immense void in the lives of the people who loved them. Whether it is a spouse, sibling, parent, or even a child, we can focus on helping our clients heal fully by holding the individual or party who caused their loved one’s death responsible.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is defined as the loss of an individual due to negligence or the conduct of another. In wrongful death cases where a loved one is unexpectedly taken from their family without notice, a traumatic, emotional, and financial void is often created.
Though some cases involve criminal prosecution, a wrongful death claim is a civil action that is separate from criminal charges and allows the surviving family members to receive financial compensation and closure.
Some of the most common accidents that lead to wrongful death cases include:
- Car accidents: A leading cause of injury and death in the United States, car accidents cause more than 300,000 deaths each year. Common causes of fatalities in car accidents include speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, distracted driving, and auto defects.
- Truck accidents: Truck accidents are more likely than passenger cars to cause road deaths due to their size, weight, and force. Various parties can be held liable for damages in truck accidents, including the driver, trucking company, cargo loader, and manufacturer.
- Motorcycle accidents: Motorcyclists are more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident because they lack the protection that vehicle drivers and passengers have, such as seat belts. Drivers who fail to check their blind spots before merging or changing lanes are more likely to strike motorcyclists.
- Medical malpractice: While we expect medical professionals to improve our health, this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes doctors, nurses, and other staff members make mistakes like surgical errors and misdiagnoses.
- Defective products: Products are supposed to go through quality control in order to be deemed safe for consumer use, but sometimes manufacturing and design defects are approved anyways and cause injuries to those who use them.
Who Can File a Claim in California?
Each state has its own laws that dictate who can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased family member. California’s statute allows for the deceased person’s spouse, domestic partner, and surviving children to file a wrongful death claim.
If there’s no surviving person in their line of descent, the deceased person’s parents or siblings can file a claim. Individuals who can show they were financially dependent on the deceased person at the time of their death can file a claim.
Family members can recover damages that come with all personal injury claims, like the costs of medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as well as additional costs they’ve personally faced, including:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost income from the deceased person
- Loss of love, community, and affection
- Value of household services
Our lawyers aren’t afraid to go up against negligent parties, corporations, and insurance companies in order to secure the compensation you deserve. We work tirelessly to achieve optimal outcomes and don’t accept less than what you’re entitled to receive.
Nothing can take away the pain you feel after losing your loved one, but our Encino wrongful death attorneys can make sure your family is prepared for your future. Call us at (818) 740-7667.
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