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Silverthorne Attorneys is a personal injury law firm in Orange County whose top priority and singular focus is the people we represent. We work diligently to make sure that our clients are well taken care of and that their needs are not only met, but come first. Injured now? Do not hesitate to reach out to Silverthorne Attorneys for a free consultation.
When to Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney
After losing a loved one, the last thing on anyone’s mind is whether or not to hire a wrongful death attorney. The unexpected loss of a loved one can be a damaging and horrifying experience. However, if your loved one’s death was due to the result of a third party’s recklessness, you deserve to be compensated. Being left with unpaid medical bills, funeral costs, etc. should not be a burden you should bear. Here are some situations where people have hired an accident attorney to represent them:
Studies have shown that the negligent actions (or inaction) in the medical field, is the third leading cause of death in the US. These negligent actions include:
- misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose serious medical conditions, errors or complications during surgery, and treatment errors
This also falls under Medical Malpractice. As medical companies have come under fire recently for not being 100% forthcoming about potential harmful side affects of prescription medications. For example, a drug company may fail to warn their consumers about a potentially fatal interaction between two drugs. Even if the drug is FDA cleared, you have the right to consult with an attorney to discuss the steps you can take to file a suit.
Accidents or Injuries
Anything from car accidents that have been caused by reckless drivers, to workplace deaths caused by unsafe and inhumane working conditions.
There are countless ways products can be defectively designed, manufactured. Or perhaps even marketed to potential clients that can lead to wrongful deaths. For instance, a crib that may have bars designed too far apart may present a choking hazard. Or a lawnmower without proper instructions or manufacturers warning that may lead to the death of a loved one.
Dealing with a Wrongful Death
Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when that person’s death was the result of negligence of another. At a time like this, you need a wrongful death attorney to help you recover damages. An injury lawyer can get you the money to pay for medical bills or funeral expenses so that you can begin getting your own life back on track again.
How an injury lawyer can help!
Hiring a wrongful death attorney can help you in a number of ways including:
- Talking with insurance companies and attorneys for the other side so that you can be spared the hassle of having to do this while you are already stressed out about your loss.
- Performing legal research to back your claim. This will help ensure you have a solid case, and in some instances, can be used to convince the other side to settle without having to go to court.
- Provides moral support to you when you need it most because you’ll know you have a strong advocate who is fighting to help you assert your rights.
- Could help set legal precedent so that families who suffer a similar situation as yours can also be fairly compensated for their loss in the future.
Here at Silverthorne Attorneys, we understand that filing a wrongful death suit is a difficult decision, even when your loved one has clearly been the victim of negligence. Our attorneys will help you sort through all the details in order to determine if filing a suit is in your best interest. For a free consultation concerning your case, contact us today.
Filing Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Losing a loved one is very traumatic. But it is especially when they die suddenly due to the negligent actions of another person or organization. Unfortunately, in the midst of dealing with your grief, you must also pay medical and funeral costs. A personal injury lawyer with Silverthorne Attorneys wants to help.
California law gives you two years from the date of your family member’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A San Clemente personal injury lawyer from our law firm is available to explain your options. We understand that financial compensation doesn’t take your grief away, but it can at least remove some of the stress from your life as you adjust to a new normal.
Compensation You May Receive
In most situations, only the spouse, domestic partner, parents, or children of the deceased can file a lawsuit against the party responsible for the death of their family member. California law does allow for exceptions when the person filing the claim was dependent on the deceased for financial support or other unique situations.
The judge and jury consider both monetary and non-monetary damages when considering your lawsuit. Your losses may include funeral and burial expenses, loss of future income, and medical bills. You may also receive compensation for loss of companionship and emotional trauma you have suffered due to the sudden death.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for More Details
We know that you are busy and have a lot of added expenses due to the death of your spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Our attorneys make it as easy as possible by meeting you in a convenient location and offering a free initial consultation. Since you don’t pay unless we win your case, it is risk-free to meet with Silverthorne Attorneys. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you through this difficult time.