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Wrongful Death Lawyer Orange County
A wrongful death occurs when a victim loses his or her life as the result of another person’s negligence, recklessness, malpractice, wrongful act, or inaction. Wrongful deaths include, but are not limited to, deaths resulting from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus and trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, defective products, and police brutality. The lawyers of The Roberts Law Firm help victims of wrongful death from throughout Southern California, including Santa Ana and Orange County. A skilled wrongful death lawyer can answer any questions you might have and advise you of your rights and options during this most difficult of times.
Wrongful Death Cases
In California, a victim’s spouse has the first right to file a wrongful death claim, followed by the victim’s children or grandchildren, if any. If none of these exist, parents, siblings, or other family members may file suit.
Family members must prove several points in order to have a successful wrongful death case. Wrongful death cases include these basic elements:
- The death was caused by the actions of defendant
- The defendant was negligent and therefore liable for the victim’s death
- There are surviving beneficiaries or dependents, such as a spouse or children
- These beneficiaries or dependants have suffered monetary damages as the result of the victim’s death
The statute of limitations in wrongful death cases in California is two years, which means a claim must be filed within two years of the victim’s death. However, because special rules apply in certain circumstances, if you have been considering filing a wrongful death suit in Santa Ana, Orange County, or a nearby area, contact a wrongful death lawyer such as Jeff Roberts at The Roberts Law Firm to determine the exact time limits governing your case.
Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
A successful wrongful death suit recovers compensation from a party or parties responsible for causing a death through negligent, reckless, or wrongful acts. Although no amount of money can truly compensate for the absence of a loved one, an experienced wrongful death lawyer works to make sure that survivors receive all damages from the negligent party to which they may be entitled. These damages may include compensation for both financial and emotional hardships suffered as a result of a wrongful death and can include any or all of the following:
- Medical, hospital, and funeral expenses
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of anticipated earnings, benefits, and inheritance
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship, care, protection, love, and moral support
- Punitive damages
Contact The Roberts Law Firm
If you believe you have a wrongful death case in the Santa Ana and Orange County area, schedule a no-cost consultation with a wrongful death lawyer at The Roberts Law Firm. We will stand by you during this difficult and trying time and work with you to ensure that negligent or reckless parties are made to answer for their actions.