If the unimaginable happens, and you need to find a Sacramento wrongful death attorney, we’re here for you. We’ve written on this topic before, but here we’ll help you discern if the conditions surrounding the death of your loved one qualifies as a wrongful death accident.
How is wrongful death defined in California?
Most states, including California, agree that a wrongful death has occurred when someone dies as a result of the legal fault of another. A couple of examples include:
- Accidents caused by the negligence of another (such as a car accident)
- Medical malpractice
- Product defects
The state of California has established a statute of limitations for wrongful death claims at 2 years from the date of death. Failure to file a claim within that 2 year window will most likely prohibit you from filing a claim at all, so it’s important to establish whether such action is necessary.
As a Sacramento wrongful death attorney, here’s what we must prove to win your claim
Typically, the four elements needed to establish a wrongful death claim are:
- The death in question was caused in part or in whole by the negligence of another.
- That the offending party was in breach of their duty (the duty of motorists is to drive safely and obey all traffic laws; the duty of medical professionals is to their patients’ heath).
- As an extension of the previous two items, it’s essential to demonstrate that the negligence displayed in their breach of duty caused the death of your loved one.
- Finally, we need to show that the death of your loved one resulted in quantifiable damages such as pain and suffering, loss of income, burial or funeral costs, and others.
Do you need a Sacramento wrongful death attorney?
When it comes to such horrendous events as a wrongful death, you don’t want to just meet with an attorney over the phone. You’ll want to find a Sacramento wrongful death attorney who can meet with you face to face.
Finding the right wrongful death attorney
When it comes to finding a Sacramento wrongful death attorney, Eric Meyer can answer your questions. As a former attorney for an insurance company, he knows the ins and outs of personal injury law and can help you navigate the difficulties and complexities of a wrongful death case.