Fresno Wrongful Death Attorneys

Fresno Wrongful Death Attorneys

Fresno Wrongful Death Attorneys

Contact our Fresno wrongful death attorneys if you have lost a loved one because of another party’s negligence.

Unfortunately, fatalities occur almost every day in California. Fatalities can occur from a variety of accidents, such as car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, etc. Almost all accidents are preventable, but oftentimes vulnerable victims pass away. If you have lost a loved one because of another party’s negligence, contact our top rated wrongful-death attorneys today.

Our trusted Fresno accident attorneys understand the difficulties that you may be facing after losing your loved one. Several questions may be going through your mind, such as how can you hold the responsible party liable? How can you be able to afford all these expenses, such as the funeral expenses?

We have been representing families who have lost their loved ones for decades. We have recovered around 300 hundred million dollars for our clients, and provide individualized attention to each wrongful death case. While we focus on making sure that you receive the maximum compensation for your loss, you should focus on grieving and coping with your family members. We provide assistance during this very difficult and traumatic time. We are available 24/7 via phone and email, and have offices located all throughout California oh, such as Fresno, Los Angeles, Burbank, Stockton, San Francisco, San Diego, etc. You are not alone.

What is wrongful death?

Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe a claim that a family member makes to seek compensation for their family member’s death. This allows the family member to step into the shoes of the deceased and file a lawsuit against the party that was responsible for the accident. The negligent party will be responsible for paying damages to the family member who files the wrongful death action. Usually, wrongful death actions are brought forth under a negligence legal theory.

Usually, filing a wrongful death lawsuit could be very complex, and could involve multiple different claims for compensation, such as for burial expenses. For assistance navigating through your wrongful-death legal claim, contact our top-rated attorneys today.

It is important to remember that a wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit brought against the negligent party. This does not fall under a criminal murder or homicide case. You may have a criminal homicide case, along with a civil wrongful-death claim going on at the same time. The criminal case has no effect on your civil case.

Why should I file a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful-death claim provides a family member with the financial support necessary to continue on with life. Usually, the family experiences a loss of income from the family member’s death. Death claims will seek compensation and reimbursement for funeral and burial expenses. Oftentimes, wrongful death claims also provide family members with the closure that they need.

Wrongful death Negligence Liability

In order to prove wrongful death, your top-rated accident attorney must have to show that:

  • The defendant (the party defending themselves against the action) had a duty to the plaintiff to act in a reasonably safe manner
  • The defendant failed to act in a reasonably safe manner
  • The defendant caused the accident
  • The plaintiff now suffers injuries

What is a survival action?

Many people mistake survival actions with wrongful death claims. A survival action is different from a wrongful-death claim because it focuses on getting pain and suffering compensation on behalf of the deceased person rather than the family member. A survival action is brought by the deceased’s estate rather than the family member. These are the actions that the deceased could have brought against the negligent party. For example, in a survival action, the decedent’s estate will be able to seek pain and suffering leading up to the date of the death.

What type of compensation could I receive for my wrongful death claim in California?

Wrongful death claims are meant to compensate the family member for the losses suffered by the entire family. There are three different types of compensation that could be recovered from any wrongful-death claim. This includes:

  • Economic damages: this refers to damages that can be easily calculated such as loss of household income and funeral expenses.
  • Non-economic damages: This refers to the pain and suffering the family went through because of the decedent’s passing.
  • Punitive damages: this is awarded on a very rare occasion, and it’s only awarded if the defendant exercises malicious behavior.

When can I file my wrongful death lawsuit in California?

California’s statute of limitations provides a deadline as to when you can file your wrongful death lawsuit. Each state has a different statute of limitations. In California, the plaintiff who is filing a wrongful death lawsuit has 2 years from the date of the death. It is important to note that it is not 2 years from the date of the accident, rather, it is the date of the family member’s passing. There are several different exceptions that could extend the statute of limitations time period, such as the discovery rule. The discovery rule states that essentially the 2-year clock starts ticking the day the victim discovers their injuries.

There are also exceptions to the statute of limitations rule. For example, if you are filing a lawsuit against a government entity, you only have six months rather than two years to file your wrongful death lawsuit. A government entity can be held liable for negligently maintained roads that may have caused the accident in the first place. In order to determine who your liable parties are, contact our Fresno accident attorneys for a free no risk consultation. If you miss your statute of limitations deadline, you will potentially lose the right to file a lawsuit.

For more information, contact our wrongful-death attorneys today. We recommend that you get the assistance of an attorney immediately after your loved one has passed away.

What causes wrongful death accidents?

  • Hospital negligence
  • Car accidents 
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Premises liability accident
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Workplace accidents 
  • Product liability accidents

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in California?

Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed by a specific relative to the decedent. For example, if you are not related to the decedent, you may not be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. According to the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60, the below parties could file a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Parents
  • Children
  • Stepchildren
  • Children of a putative spouse new lines
  • Any other party that is entitled to the decedent’s property

What will our wrongful-death attorneys do?

  • Our Fresno accident attorneys will investigate your wrongful-death legal claim and determine who the liable party is.
  • Our top-rated accident attorneys will interview witnesses to make sure that we have all the details correct regarding your accident.
  • Our attorneys will negotiate with the fault parties.
  • We will handle all the litigation paperwork and documents necessary while you focus on grieving.
  • We will demand the maximum compensation you deserve for your damages.

Contact Our Wrongful-Death Attorneys Today

Our wrongful-death attorneys at Megeredchian Law understand how difficult it may be to have a family member lost from an accident. We believe that those responsible for the accident should be held liable for their negligence. Accidents are almost always preventable, and it is very unfortunate to lose a loved one in an accident, such as a car accident.

If you unexpectedly lose a family member in an accident, contact our top rated wrongful-death attorneys today to schedule a free no obligation case evaluation. We are available 24/7 to respond to any questions or concerns you may have regarding your wrongful-death legal claim.

Our accident attorneys have decades of trial experience, and are not afraid of going to trial if we do not end up settling with the at fault party. We understand just how difficult it may be, and our attorneys will be able to assist you throughout all steps of the litigation process. Contact us today to get in touch with our experienced legal team. 

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