Santa Ana Wrongful Death Attorney

Santa Ana Wrongful Death Lawyer

When a personal injury occurs, the injured party has the right to file a civil claim against the party responsible for causing their injury. Unfortunately, not every victim survives these incidents. When an individual dies due to another party’s negligent or intentionally harmful actions, their family may wonder whether they have the right to take legal action against the party responsible for causing their loved one’s death.

Legal Counsel for Santa Ana, CA, Wrongful Death Cases

A Santa Ana wrongful death attorney is an essential asset if your family has recently lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence. Your attorney can help you gather the evidence you will need to prove liability for the death in question and guide you through the legal process of holding the at-fault party accountable for their actions.

Wrongful Death Attorney Santa Ana

Easton & Easton is a team of experienced Santa Ana wrongful death attorneys who can provide the comprehensive legal guidance you and your family need during a challenging time. We understand that any wrongful death can completely change the lives of the surviving family members of the deceased. You have the right to take legal action against any party that has caused the wrongful death of your loved one, and we can help.

What Is Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death occurs whenever one party’s negligent, reckless, or intentionally harmful actions cause the death of another person. Wrongful death claims mirror personal injury claims closely in many ways when it comes to establishing liability. Essentially, if the victim would have had grounds for a personal injury claim against the at-fault party if they survived, their family likely has grounds for a wrongful death claim when they do not. Some victims die immediately due to the negligent actions of other parties. Other victims suffer catastrophic injuries that eventually prove fatal, generating substantial medical bills and other financial challenges for their families.

Wrongful death claims are emotionally stressful and have complex legal challenges for the surviving family. While it is technically possible to file a wrongful death claim without an attorney and succeed, doing so is incredibly difficult. The average person with no formal legal training would likely experience significant challenges as they attempt to navigate the civil claim system. Hiring aSanta Ana wrongful death lawyer is the best way to hold the responsible party accountable for your loved one’s death while you and your family begin to recover with peace of mind.

Proven Case Results

We recently settled a wrongful death case for $2.75 million where the decedent was 55 years old with no wife or children, just two surviving parents in their 80s. The defendants’ insurance carrier initially expected to pay no more than $250,000 to settle the case of these 80-year-old parents who had no economic losses as a result of their son’s death. But because we demonstrated the unique bond these parents shared with their son by persuasively telling their family story, we were able to significantly increase the value of their case. After seeing how we would present this elderly couple’s case before a jury, the insurance company knew that taking the matter to trial could result in a substantially higher verdict based on our advocacy. Consequently, we were able to settle the case for an amount far in excess of our clients’ wildest dreams without them having to go through the pain and ordeal of a lengthy trial.

Santa Ana, California Wrongful Death Statutes

While wrongful death claims share many similarities to personal injury claims, they are also very different in many ways. First, California enforces specific rules concerning who may file a wrongful death claim. The right to file a wrongful death claim in California follows the state’s law of intestate succession. This means the deceased’s beneficiaries are the first to have the right to file a wrongful death claim.

The primary right to file a wrongful death claim falls to the deceased’s surviving spouse, followed by their children. Next would be the parents or siblings of the deceased, followed by extended family members. Finally, if no such kin exists, anyone who can prove they financially depended on the deceased or who holds a valid legal claim to the deceased’s estate would have the right to file a wrongful death claim instead.

There is a two-year statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in California. This means a plaintiff has two years from the date of their loved one’s death to file a wrongful death claim. This may sound like plenty of time, but every wrongful death claim is unique. Therefore, it is essential to consult a Santa Ana wrongful death attorney as soon as possible if you believe you have grounds for a wrongful death claim.

Wrongful Death Accident Claims Versus Survival Actions

It is important to note that while wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury claims, they are very different when it comes to the damages available to plaintiffs. A personal injury claim seeks compensation for the victim’s losses. A wrongful death claim seeks compensation for the damages incurred by the deceased’s loved ones. The damages available to plaintiffs in a wrongful death claim typically include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Compensation for the lost household services
  • Compensation for lost financial support from the deceased, potentially including the income they would have reasonably expected to earn until retirement had they survived
  • Pain and suffering compensation for the family’s emotional loss, including loss of affection, consortium, care, guidance, and moral support provided by the deceased

The situation that leads to wrongful death is likely to generate additional losses for the family they cannot legally recover through a wrongful death claim. For example, if the deceased’s estate incurred losses, they cannot include these as damages in their wrongful death claim. Instead, they would need to file a survival action.

Survival actions compensate the deceased’s family for damages that accrue between the incident that caused their loved one’s death and the death itself. For example, many car accidents are fatal but not immediately so. If your loved one suffered severe injuries from a car accident someone else caused and lingered in intensive care for weeks before dying, they likely accrued significant medical bills for their final treatment costs. A survival action seeks compensation for damages incurred by the deceased’s estate, and the claimants in a wrongful death case can file a survival action alongside their wrongful death claim.

In the event a loved one has died because of another party’s illegal activities, the at-fault party will likely face criminal prosecution in addition to civil liability for the wrongful death claim. In addition, the judge handling their criminal trial may sentence them to restitution. If you are concerned about how your civil claim may interact with a criminal case filed by the state, consult a Santa Ana wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to address your concerns.

How Can Wrongful Death Attorneys Help?

The right Santa Ana wrongful death attorney can provide several valuable legal services in a wrongful death claim. First, you and your family can mourn with peace of mind knowing your case is in capable hands when you have a reliable and experienced Santa Ana wrongful death lawyer handling your claim.

Your attorney will help you gather the evidence necessary for proving liability for the death in question. This may include physical evidence and eyewitness testimony if anyone saw the death occur. They can also assist you in calculating the full scope of your claimable damages, effectively helping you maximize your family’s financial recovery. Money cannot replace your lost loved one, but it can make transitioning to the next phase of your life much easier.

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Santa Ana Wrongful Death FAQs

Many potential wrongful death claimants have lots of questions about their legal options and what to expect from the wrongful death claim process. The following are some of the most common questions the team at Easton & Easton hears from our prospective wrongful death clients.

Q: How Much Is a Typical Wrongful Death Settlement?
A:
Wrongful death claims often generate substantial compensation for the victim’s family. When you account for both immediate and long-term losses resulting from a wrongful death, the total claimable damages for the deceased’s family can exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hiring a successful Santa Ana wrongful death attorney is the best way to maximize your family’s recovery through a wrongful death action.

Q: How Do I Prove Wrongful Death?
A:
Proving wrongful death often hinges on establishing a defendant’s negligence or proving they failed to uphold a duty of care owed to the deceased in a manner that directly resulted in the death. Proving wrongful death may also hinge on a criminal investigation if the defendant engaged in an intentionally harmful action against the deceased that resulted in their death.

Q: Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?
A:
California follows the state law of intestate succession when it comes to the right to file a wrongful death claim. If you are not sure whether you have grounds to file a wrongful death claim, consult a Santa Ana wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.

Most people who experience wrongful deaths in their families have many questions about their unique circumstances. Easton & Easton can provide the answers you need to your most pressing legal questions after experiencing a wrongful death in your family.

Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help With Your Case

Filing a wrongful death claim is much easier and more likely to succeed when you have reliable legal counsel on your side. The right Santa Ana wrongful death attorney can make a tremendously positive difference in the outcome of your case, helping you hold a defendant accountable and assisting you in maximizing your family’s recovery.

Easton & Easton understands the emotional toll a wrongful death takes on the deceased’s family. It’s natural to feel a mix of frustration, uncertainty, and despair after losing a loved one due to the negligence of another party. Our goal is to help you navigate this complicated situation as smoothly as possible. If you have lost a loved one due to another party’s action, we can help. Contact Easton & Easton today to schedule your consultation with a Santa Ana wrongful death attorney.

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Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.

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Matt Easton has been selected each year since 2014 as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 for California by The National Trial Lawyers — an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Personal Injury Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.

Matt Easton has been selected as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in California for 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys — an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys under the age of 40.

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel among the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys each year since 2017.

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