Wrongful death refers to the death of a loved one caused through the negligence of another person, entity or business. Depending on your personal connection to the decedent in question, you may be entitled to damages – both economic and noneconomic damages. At Nehora Law Firm, our wrongful death attorneys have helped clients throughout Orange County recover compensation. Our team navigate a successful legal path toward settlement; a path first beginning with our free consultation.
Wrongful death cases are civil cases and not criminal cases. The bar of evidence need to establish wrongful death is lower than that required to pursue a criminal case. As a result, it’s not atypical for someone to be found not guilty of murder, yet liable to pay wrongful death compensation. If you’re unsure whether you have a case, our wrongful death attorneys can discuss your case with you, during our initial free consultation, to help establish whether you have a case. Below, we list some of the most common causes of wrongful death throughout Orange County.
Of course, not every death can result in a wrongful death case. For example, families cannot pursue damages for a felon who died in the process of committing a felony. Similarly, it’s not possible for every party to pursue a different wrongful death case. Instead, a single wrongful death case is filed by all possible claimants. If there were more than one lawsuit, it may – in time – result in inconsistent results; which leads to a never-ending stream of legal ramifications. This is referred to as the “one action rule”. There are many other, no less significant exceptions, involved in these cases.
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Nor is every wrongful death lawsuit allowed to be filed. The statute of limitations holds that wrongful death lawsuits, throughout California, may not proceed after a period of two years from the date of the death of the decedent. If the wrongful death was caused by medical negligence, the statute holds for three years from the date the affected person was first injured (or one year after the plaintiff discovers, or should have discovered, the injury in question) – the statute holding for whichever case occurs first.
At Nehora Law Firm, our attorneys can help you recover compensation. The precise amount of the damages varies, of course – though it typically includes both economic (material) and noneconomic (emotional) damages. The amount can, though, prove to be quite substantial. An Illinois jury – in 2014 - awarded the family of a thirteen-year-old boy, hit and killed by an ambulance, $1.2 million in damages. Given the significant emotional consequences of cases of wrongful death, it is quite understandable why this factor features prominently in these lawsuits.
Our wrongful death attorneys have helped innumerable clients throughout Orange County; from Irvine and Anaheim, to Santa Ana and Huntington Beach.
We actively help our clients understand the nature of their case – from our initial free consultation, right through to negotiation and settlement. Our team, throughout the process, remain diligent and focused on the task at hand – helping you acquire the maximum compensation that accurately reflects the material and emotional loss you’ve been handed. Receive a free consultation today to learn whether you have a case and to learn how much compensation you may be entitled to.