Some of the injury claims our law firm handles involve a death caused by a negligent party. If an individual has passed away in an accident, the family members of the deceased are likely entitled to compensation for their tragic loss. You will need the assistance of a qualified Pasadena wrongful death lawyer. The attorneys at Mendez & Sanchez fight for accident and injury victims and their families everyday. They may be able to help you receive compensation for your loss.
A wrongful death is where the negligence or recklessness of a person or company are responsible for a casualty. The law in California understands that when one person's actions cost another his life, the responsible person should be legally liable to pay damages to the victim's loved ones. This means that when a loved one dies in an accident, the surviving family members might be entitled to bring a civil claim against those responsible for the accident.
Common Types of Cases That Lead to Wrongful Death
Some of the most common kinds of situations that lead to wrongful death are car accidents, slips and falls, workplace accidents, and medical malpractice.
When a Motor Vehicle Accident Causes Wrongful Death
Losing a family member to a motor vehicle accident is devastating. And it can be emotionally challenging to consider what you should do next when you are so early in the mourning process. However, some individuals report that filing a lawsuit helped to give them peace of mind because they had one less thing to worry about. A wrongful death claim means that something is being done to get justice for a deceased loved one.
A motor vehicle accident that leads to a wrongful death can leave a family with significant stress concerning paying back medical costs, taking care of funeral expenses, and losing earnings from a primary provider. Mendez & Sanchez can help to guarantee that you receive the compensation that you deserve for medical bills, lost earnings, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Wrongful death because of a car accident can occur at the scene of the accident or later on when the victim succumbs to their injuries. Although deadly automobile accidents are oftentimes caused by drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and speeding, virtually any kind of automobile accident can result in a fatal wreck. A few of the most common injuries from automobile accidents that later result in wrongful death are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal injuries. If your loved one dies from complications because of their injury, it still falls under the umbrella of wrongful death. Therefore, the at-fault party can still be sued for their negligence.
Wrongful Death Caused By Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are rarely considered a deadly type of accident. However, this is just not true. Slips and falls can be fatal, especially if the head strikes the ground or another hard surface.
Slips and falls can happen practically anywhere. However, some of the most common places that slip and falls happen that qualify as wrongful deaths are grocery stores, commercial businesses, apartment complexes, parking lots, and places of work. The way your wrongful death case will be sought is different depending on where the accident occurred. For example, claims against big commercial businesses differ in their parameters and insurance policies compared to slip and fall deaths that take place at a private residence.
Slips and falls can also be deadly when they happen to a senior citizen. A slip and fall can put significant pressure on an older individual that they might never recover from. When you are in the later stages of life and all of a sudden you need to be bedridden for a long period of time, your chances of recovering completely are much slimmer. As a matter of fact, falls are the leading source of injury-related death for adults aged 65 and older. And this number appears to be rising.
Workplace Wrongful Death
Workplace accidents that most frequently result in fatalities consist of:
In these cases, determining if there is any third-party liability for negligence depends on how the accident occurred. If your loved one passed away due to negligent conduct of an employee from a different company, that worker or that other company can be held liable for damages. But, typically if a death or injury occurs at the workplace or while the employee is "on the clock", the case would fall under workers' compensation.
Wrongful Death Due to Medical Malpractice
Wrongful death because of medical malpractice is one of the trickier case types in personal injury law. Given this, you need to be sure you have a competent lawyer on your side when you're dealing with medical malpractice of any kind.
Medical malpractice that can cause a wrongful death includes:
If somebody you love died as a result of the negligence of a physician, nurse, or healthcare facility, call one of our medical malpractice attorneys at Mendez & Sanchez right away so we can start to investigate and build your case.
Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case
Family members might be entitled to recoup for many types of damages and losses from a wrongful death in Pasadena, including:
Free Wrongful Death Claim Consultation
No amount of money can properly compensate an accident victim's loved ones after a fatality due to negligence or recklessness. Nevertheless, these family members are entitled to financial relief that is offered under local and state laws. After an accident, lots of families decide to speak with a wrongful death lawyer in Pasadena to find out whether they have a case.
The type of accident can affect what means of recovery are offered to a family and how soon those claims have to be sought. For these reasons, it is a good idea to get legal counsel immediately after a fatality.
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Our California brain injury attorneys will help you identify all potentially liable parties, gather evidence, and fight for the compensation you need to pay for medical care, lost income, emotional distress, and other damages. We have recovered more than hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
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If you or a loved one was catastrophically injured by another person’s bad decisions or bad behavior, you have a legal right to hold that person responsible for the results.
The damages you may be able to recover will depend on the severity of your injuries, the amount of income you lost during recovery, whether you will be able to return to work, the effects of your injuries on your relationships, and many other factors