Long Beach Wrongful Death Attorneys
The passing of a loved one is a tragic experience that we all must someday endure. But when a family member dies before their time as a result of another party’s negligence, it can be especially difficult to cope. If this has happened to your family, our wrongful death attorneys in Long Beach can help you pursue compensation from the liable party for financial losses and non-economic damages.
Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to bring a wrongful death claim as well as a survival action. These proceedings are complex, however, as are the relevant statutes and case law. Our lawyers can help you navigate the legal system and fight for the highest settlement possible. To speak with a member of our team, call our office today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims We Accept in Long Beach
- Auto accidents (truck, car, train, motorcycle, and bus accidents)
- Turo vehicle accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Boating accidents
- Aircraft accidents
- Premises liability wrongful death cases
- Other wrongful death cases
How Can I Strengthen My Wrongful Death Claim?
The sudden death of a loved one can threaten the financial security of an entire family. This is particularly true when the decedent was one of the family’s primary income-earners.
If your future security is contingent on the outcome of your wrongful death claim, you probably want to do everything in your power to give your case the greatest chance of success. Although your Long Beach wrongful death lawyer will handle the logistical components of your claim, there are things you can do that might improve the likelihood of recovering a fair settlement or verdict. Examples include:
- Initiating the Investigation Right Away: There are countless ways a wrongful death can occur. Depending on the circumstances, the liable party could be a private citizen, a corporation, or a government entity. The facts surrounding your loved one’s death will be unique to your particular case, which means the approach your attorney takes when performing the investigation will depend entirely on the circumstances. That said, there’s one fact that rings true for every wrongful death investigation—it should begin as soon as possible. The more time that passes from your family member’s death to the investigation, the higher the chance that valuable, time-sensitive evidence will no longer be available. If the defendant is in possession of essential evidence, it might be altered or destroyed. If eyewitnesses saw what happened, they might forget pertinent details, so their deposition may become less valuable as evidence. Also, your Long Beach wrongful death lawyer may need several weeks or perhaps even months to investigate your case thoroughly, but there are deadlines for filing wrongful death lawsuits in the state of California. For these reasons, you should contact a lawyer right away so he or she can begin compiling evidence immediately.
- Storing Relevant Evidence in a Safe Place: Chances are you or someone in your family already has evidence that will contribute to the strength of your case. It is important that you store this evidence in a safe place. If possible, you should save digital copies of relevant documents on a cloud drive so they are not destroyed or lost, and so your Long Beach wrongful death lawyer can access them easily. Relevant documents may include the decedent’s financial records (tax returns, paystubs, work-related contracts, etc.); medical records (diagnostic images, lab tests, etc.); the incident and/or police report; receipts and invoices for any costs related to the death (e.g. funeral and burial costs); and the contact information of eyewitnesses and the parties involved in the death. You should also store any photographs and videos taken of the accident scene or your loved one’s injuries. These, too, should be uploaded to the same cloud drive if possible.
- Avoiding Correspondence with the Opposing Party: It is likely that the opposing party or insurance company will call you and offer their condolences. But expressing their sympathies probably won’t be their only intention. You or someone else in your family may be asked questions that are aimed at eliciting responses that can be used to dispute your wrongful death claim. To protect your case, you should let your Long Beach wrongful death attorney manage all such dialogue.
- Mitigating the Damages: If the insurance company has reason to believe that the settlement calculations have been inflated or that you haven’t taken reasonable steps to mitigate the damages, they might dispute your claim. This can draw out the proceedings and lead to expensive and stressful litigation. To reduce the chances of such a dispute, try to keep the costs resulting from your loved one’s death to a reasonable limit. For example, if you take out a loan or use credit to pay for an excessively lavish funeral, you might face resistance when it comes to pursuing compensation for such costs.
Set up a Free Case Assessment with a Long Beach Wrongful Death Lawyer
You should not have to face the possibility of falling into debt after losing a family member due to another party’s negligence. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we can help you fight for the compensation you need to maintain your financial security. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or message us online to schedule a free consultation.
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