Palmdale Wrongful Death Lawyers
The sudden death of a loved one is never easy to cope with. It can be even more difficult when you know that death could have been prevented. In legal terms, wrongful death is one that occurs as a result of someone else’s negligent or intentional actions. As a surviving family member, you may be able to pursue justice in court on behalf of your deceased loved one. The personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law work with families who have suffered a loss due to negligence or intentional acts. When you meet a Palmdale wrongful death attorney at our law firm, we’ll ensure you are fully informed about the process and what to expect from litigation.
What happens when you file a wrongful death lawsuit?
When you meet with a wrongful death lawyer at Ellis Injury Law, the first step is to assess the situation. Your attorney will ask you some questions about the passing of your loved one and the financial burden caused by the loss. Your attorney will also begin investigating the case by reviewing medical records, police records and accident reports, if applicable, and speaking with eyewitnesses.
It’s necessary to determine liability, or which party was at fault for the death. Once liability has been established and the evidence supports it, your attorney can file a wrongful death lawsuit on your family’s behalf. The legal process includes discovery, which is when the two parties exchange relevant documents. Settlement negotiations may take place. If you decide to accept a settlement offer, it means you agree to drop the lawsuit in exchange for a sum of money. Otherwise, the case will go to trial.
Compensation that may be awarded for a wrongful death lawsuit
If you decide not to accept a settlement offer or a settlement offer is not forthcoming, the case will be heard before a judge and jury. You will find the lawyers at Ellis to be vigorous litigators who craft persuasive arguments in court. If the jury finds in your favor, they will award compensation.
In a wrongful death case, compensation can cover the costs of your loved one’s medical care and funeral expenses, as well as the loss of your loved one’s earning capacity. Families can also recover compensation for their loved one’s pain and suffering (if they did not pass away immediately), as well as their own mental anguish and grief. Occasionally, juries award punitive damages, which are intended to punish defendants for conduct that is particularly egregious.
Contact a wrongful death lawyer today
During the past 25 years of serving families in California, the Palmdale wrongful death lawyers at Ellis Injury Law have recovered more than $350 million on behalf of our clients. Our legal team isn’t afraid to take on tough cases. While many wrongful death claims can be settled out of court, our attorneys are aggressive litigators who will pursue justice in court when need be. Call our law firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury attorney who has experience handling wrongful death claims.