San Juan Capistrano Wrongful Death Lawyer

San Juan Capistrano Wrongful Death Attorney

The sudden loss of a loved one can be devastating. If your loved one’s passing resulted from another person’s negligence, you can face emotional pain and financial hardship. A San Juan Capistrano wrongful death lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and fight for your deserved compensation.

San Juan Capistrano Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wrongful Death Claims in San Juan Capistrano

Wrongful death claims in San Juan Capistrano are legal actions brought by surviving family members when someone dies. These cases revolve around the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or entity. These claims can arise from various incidents, such as:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorbike accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Medical malpractice cases
  • Workplace accidents and injuries
  • Defective products, like faulty brakes on cars

If negligence caused your loved one’s death, Easton & Easton, LLP, can study the details of your situation before advising you on what steps should be taken.

What Our San Juan Capistrano Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Do for You

It can be very painful to unexpectedly lose someone you love. When you hire Easton & Easton, LLP, we can provide compassionate legal representation that respects your loved one’s life as we fight for justice. We can help you in more ways than just standing next to you in court.

Investigating the Cause of Death

Our legal team can investigate the situation to determine what caused your loved one’s passing and who is responsible for it. This investigation can involve gathering evidence from the scene, such as tire marks, debris, or malfunctioning parts.

We can also get a copy of the police report to get insight into what the officer observed and any witness statements made at the accident site. Furthermore, we can request medical records concerning your loved one to discover how severe their injuries were and how these injuries contributed to their death.

Determining Damages

With assistance from financial professionals, we can evaluate the economic losses you have incurred due to your family member’s passing. The damages we seek can include:

  • Hospital bills. These costs are linked with medical care for your family member after their accident, including ambulance services, emergency room treatment, hospitalization, surgery, medication, and therapy.
  • Wage loss. The earnings your relative would have gotten are essential to the amount of your damages. This number factors in expected future gains and possible career promotions.
  • Funeral and burial costs. Expenditures related to burial plots, tombstones, and overall services matter, too.

Handling Negotiations With Insurance Companies

We can communicate with insurance companies during your vulnerable period to ensure that they do not take advantage of you. Insurance carriers can use strategies to deny or delay claims, causing bad situations to become worse. Our negotiators can battle to ensure fair settlements that reflect the actual worth of your case.

We can also review every insurance policy available, from your loved one’s to any relevant car insurance policy. Subsequently, we can aggressively negotiate with each insurer to obtain the maximum payment for all their policies.

Providing Legal Representation in Court

Our firm can represent you in court if negotiations fail to yield a reasonable settlement amount. We can seek to obtain your optimal settlement and damage recovery. Our team can ensure that you receive what you deserve.

FAQs for Wrongful Death Lawyers

Q: Who Gets the Money in a Wrongful Death Claim in California?

A: The money in a wrongful death claim in California goes to the statutory beneficiaries. These beneficiaries can include the deceased’s spouse, domestic partner, children, or financial dependents. While the spouse, if applicable, is the primary beneficiary, other family members also have a compensation entitlement.

The court determines the specific compensation distribution based on the beneficiaries’ financial needs and former dependence on the deceased.

Q: How Long Do You Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?

A: Knowing the length of time you have to file a wrongful death claim in California determines whether you can rightfully seek compensation for your loved one’s death. While the statute of limitations matters, it is wise to act promptly due to strict deadlines. Hiring an attorney can ensure that you meet each deadline and successfully make it through the complicated legal process.

Q: Can You Get Punitive Damages for Wrongful Death in California?

A: Whether you can get punitive damages for wrongful death in California depends on the factors present in your case. A court can award punitive and compensatory damages in some wrongful death cases. A court adds punitive consequences to punish the at-fault party for conduct that they would seek to deter in the future.

Punitive damages require a higher standard of proof and can be challenging to receive. When you hire us as your personal injury attorney, we can assess your case to determine if these damages are a viable option.

Q: What Is the Cap on Wrongful Death in California?

A: California has no cap on most forms of wrongful death compensation, unlike some states. The only exception is noneconomic damages in a medical malpractice case. In other situations, the jury can award whatever monetary damages that they believe to be suitable for your losses. These include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Future earning potential
  • Loss of companionship
  • Funeral costs
  • Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased and the loved ones they left behind

Help in Your Challenging Time

Losing a loved one will never be easy. When they are taken from you through a wrongful death, it can stay heart-wrenching forever. Understanding how or why this happened to your loved one can be difficult, but things can improve.

While getting compensated for losing someone dear is vital, no amount of money can bring them back to life. Our objective goes beyond monetary recovery alone. We want to help you through the emotional turmoil attached to such a loss.

At Easton & Easton, LLP, we want you to have the space to mourn your loved one properly without wondering how you will pay their medical bills or funeral costs. You need time to grieve instead of thinking about how you will survive or need to change your life by getting a job to compensate for lost income. We are here for you in your fight for wrongful death compensation. Contact us today for help in this challenging time.

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My life changed in a matter of seconds after a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left me disabled. Brian Easton and his team worked on my case non stop for 3 years and provided me the justice I deserved. I couldn’t have been more content.
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