Oakland Wrongful Death Lawyers
It is never easy to lose a loved one. It is even harder to cope when your relative is taken away from you too soon by another person’s careless, reckless, or malicious conduct. When someone else is to blame for your parent, spouse, child, or other relative’s death, you should talk with an experienced Oakland wrongful death attorney about your options. Under California’s wrongful death law, you and your family may have the right to pursue compensation.
If you think you have a valid claim and wish to pursue it, Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can help. We will begin by analyzing the circumstances and advising you on your right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and the likelihood of winning compensation. If we believe the chances are good that you will receive a settlement or could win at trial, we may recommend filing a lawsuit as soon as possible.
Once we start on your case, we will work tirelessly to obtain you the financial recovery you deserve under the law. We have a strong track record of success and have helped more than 5,000 clients win over $300 million in settlements and court rulings.
How Our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Oakland Can Help
Our wrongful death attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can help you throughout the wrongful death claim process.
To begin with, we listen to your story, ask pertinent questions, and gauge the likelihood of a valid wrongful death claim. We understand how upsetting an unexpected death in the family can be, but not all deaths create a cause of action. If there is a valid wrongful death claim, we will advise you on who can specifically file the lawsuit and how much time you have before running up against the statute of limitations.
Next, we will begin an in-depth investigation into the accident. We will gather as much evidence as possible. To do this, we may recommend filing a lawsuit as soon as possible. Through the discovery phase, we can obtain information and evidence that is under the other party’s control.
Our analysis of the evidence enables us to build you a strong claim for compensation. We will build a case against the at-fault party to establish that their actions were the direct and proximate cause of your injuries.
We also will submit evidence of the type and severity of your physical and psychological injuries and of your economic injuries. This enables us to demand the maximum compensation from the at-fault party and their insurer.
We Handle All Types of Fatal Accident Claims
Our Oakland wrongful death lawyers are here to help you and your family following a fatal:
- Auto Accident
- Bike Accident
- Bus Accident
- Truck Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Uber & Lyft Accident
- Turo Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Scooter Accident
- Airplane Accident
- Boat Accident
- Train Accident
- Premises Liability Claim
- Slip and Fall
- Dog Bite and Animal Attack
Can You File a California Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60 dictates that only certain people can file wrongful death lawsuits. They are:
- The decedent’s surviving spouse, putative spouse, or domestic partner;
- The decedent’s surviving children or the children of a putative spouse;
- Anyone who would be entitled to inherit property under California law, if the decedent died without a will;
- A minor who was dependent on the decedent for at least half of their support and lived with the decedent for at least 180 days; or
- The personal representative of the decedent’s estate.
How Much Is Your Wrongful Death Claim Worth?
If you can establish that another person or business was the direct and proximate cause of your relative’s death, then you and your family may be able to recover compensation for:
- Your relative’s medical expenses;
- Funeral and burial costs,
- Loss of your relative’s income or financial support;
- Loss of your relative’s gifts;
- Loss of your relative’s household services;
- Loss of your relative’s love, affection, companionship, and support.
Through a wrongful death claim, your family will receive one settlement or court award. This must be divided among each person who is entitled to compensation. In most cases, compensation is not divided evenly. How much each of you will receive depends on your relationship to the deceased relative. Our Oakland wrongful death lawyers can work with your family to determine how to best divide the compensation. However, if a judge or jury awards compensation, they may make this decision.
The total value of your claim depends on many factors. There is no way to tell what your case is worth without talking with a veteran wrongful death lawyer in Oakland.
Call Us for Help Today
Following a sudden and traffic death of a relative, you have to focus on the funeral and grieving with your family. Once you have had time to begin to come to terms with your loss, you should speak with a lawyer. Harris Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help you pursue full and fair compensation for your loss.
Call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.