Personal Injury — Wrongful Death
"Wrongful death" is a type of lawsuit brought by the surviving relatives of a deceased person against a negligent party (who caused the death to occur). Typically, these actions are derived from a negligent or reckless act such as liability from a car accident or an intentional act such as a murder.
Losing a loved can be a devastating and traumatic experience, especially if the cause of death could have been prevented. Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, an employer or a defective product in Orange County? If so, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties.
The thought of going through a legal battle can be overwhelming and daunting, especially under these types of circumstances. That is why it is imperative that you contact an experienced wrongful death attorney who will be your advocate and fight to ensure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.
Orange County Wrongful Death Lawsuits
In the state of California, the family members (survivors) of individuals who have died as the result of another’s wrongful act are permitted to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for medical and funeral bills, loss of financial support, and emotional pain and suffering caused by the death.
Every situation involving wrongful death has its own unique set of circumstances. The most common cases involving wrongful death include one of the following:
- Defective products/ poisoning
- Slip and fall injuries
- Assault and battery
- Intentional acts such as murder
- Construction & other work-related accidents
- Auto, trucking, motorcycle or bicycle accidents resulting from the recklessness of another driver
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence and/or recklessness of another, please contact the experienced Orange County wrongful death attorneys at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn for a free consultation.
The Aitken Law Offices has more than 30 years of experience in successfully defending the rights of survivors of wrongful death. Contact us to see how we can help you.
CALIFORNIA WRONGFUL DEATH STATUTE
California has enacted a statute permitting a lawsuit to be brought by the relatives of a person who died as a result of a wrongful act. The idea behind a wrongful death lawsuit is that the wrongful death, in addition to injuring the person who died, also injured people who depended upon the deceased for financial or emotional support. As such, these individuals whom depended on the deceased for financial or emotional support have a "cause of action" through the provisions of our survivor statute.
CALIFORNIA WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES
Wrongful death "survivors" are usually permitted to sue for medical bills paid for the care of the person who was injured as well as for burial expenses. The determination of the amount of damages also requires determination of what would have occurred in the future. These damages include, for instance, an estimate of the amount of earnings the person who died would have earned if they had lived. This requires expert testimony, such as a certified and reputable economist, to determine the deceased "future earning capacity." Additionally, the survival statute permits recovery for the loss of "care, comfort and society" experienced by the survivors due to the absence of the deceased person.
CALIFORNIA WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYER/ATTORNEY
The Aitken Law Offices have had tremendous success in their representation of wrongful death victims. Some of these recent actions include:
$25,000,000 (estimate): The wrongful death of a 34-year-old man and severe facial disfigurement of his wife from the dislodgment of a metal cleat from the Sailing Ship Columbia. This case, later named the "Columbia" incident, sparked a national debate on the safety of theme parks. Additionally, this matter brought about several theme park regulations into California law. Please see: Husband Killed And Wife Disfigured By Disney's Sailing Ship Columbia.
$3,493,503.00: The wrongful death of a young adult brought on behalf of her parents (at the time the largest verdict of its kind in history of California). Please see: Reckless Drunk Driver and Road Construction Leads To Death of a 20-year-old.
$2,700,000.00: The wrongful death of mother and wife brought by her family. In this action, the mother was driving alone when she was collided headon by defendant's vehicle. Please see: Wife & Mother Lost In Drunk Driving Collision.
Disclaimer: The information provided herein does not constitute an attorney client relationship. The Orange County California wrongful death information, personal injury and other legal information is provided for informational purposes alone. Aitken * Aitken * Cohn practices wrongful death litigation throughout Southern California and Northern California including Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernadino, and San Francisco. For more information, please contact a wrongful death lawyer specialist using the form provided or at 1-866-434-1424.
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