If your loved one has suffered wrongful death at the hands of a negligent party, we’d like to first extend our deepest condolences. We know how devastating it can be to lose someone you love, and we understand how much it will affect your life moving forward. As licensed, experienced attorneys, we’re available to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. While we respect that money is no replacement for your loss, we know it can help with the recovery process.
Wrongful death is defined by someone dying as the result of a wrongful act or negligence of another person or entity, like a corporation. A wrongful death civil lawsuit is brought directly to court by the survivors of the deceased. If the lawsuit is successful, the court will then order the defendant to pay the plaintiffs.
Wrongful death is not the same as homicide or manslaughter. Rather, it’s a type of personal injury claim. In a way, the survivors of the deceased are acting as proxy to make a claim for damages caused to the injured. As such, the survivors act on his or her behalf.
The surviving spouse, children, domestic partner, parents, siblings, grandparents, and those who were financially dependent on the deceased person are all well within their rights to file a lawsuit.
According to the US Department of Justice, 90 percent of all medical malpractice lawsuits involve wrongful death or permanent disability that occurred as a direct result of negligence. Often, these deaths are caused by errors in medication administration or prescription. According to the CDC, prescription drug deaths are the second most common cause of wrongful death.
On the highway, wrongful death reaches up to 40,000 victims across the country. More people die in accidents, automobile or otherwise, than any other cause in the nation. In California alone, up to 5,000 wrongful deaths occur annually due to auto accidents, of which almost 300 involved large truck and 18-wheeler cargo vehicles.
Slip and fall accidents are also a major cause of fatalities in the United States. Around 25,000 deaths occur annually due to these kinds of accidents.
If your loved one has suffered a wrongful death, there are a number of personal injury damages available to you. These may cover funeral and burial costs, medical expenses for the deceased person’s illness or injury, and lost income – including income the deceased could have earned in the future had he or she survived the incident. Surviving family members may also receive compensation for their personal grief and loss of a loved one.
If wrongful death has occurred, the state of California requires you to file a wrongful death claim within two years of the date of death. Don’t wait to contact a personal injury attorney in San Bernardino to assist you through the often difficult process of filing a claim and receiving the compensation you deserve for your loss.
At Estey & Bomberger, our attorneys offer compassionate guidance throughout your time of need. Your rights are our top priority, and we’re here to ensure they are honored. We won’t settle in the case of an insurance adjuster attempting to avoid responsibility for your loved one’s fatality. We have handled thousands of personal injury cases, including wrongful death, and have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
Many victims struggle financially after a wrongful death incident, which is why we work on contingency. That means we won’t take a cent of your money until the claim is won and you receive your settlement. We believe in the best legal representation for everyone.
Contact us at Estey & Bomberger to learn more about how we can help, or call us today to speak to a legal representative.
We serve all of San Bernardino County, including Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear, Chino, Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Yucaipa, Victorville and all of the Inland Empire. Give us a call at (909) 882-2016 to schedule an appointment.