Death is a natural part of life, it’s something we all experience sooner or later. The pain of such a loss can be overwhelming. Even when the death of a loved one is expected due to illness or aging it is still a challenge to get through. But when it happens unexpectedly and as a consequence of negligence or intentional harm by another party, then the loss carries an additional burden of shock, making the death even more devastating to the family and survivors.
Wrongful Death Happens
Almost 100K people die from preventable medical errors, like misdiagnosis and surgical error every year. Other instances where wrongful death can happen include fatal car accidents, elder abuse, workplace injuries (6K annually), slip and fall accidents (40K annually) poisoning (66K annually), and in association with product liabilities.
What Survivors Can Expect
The families of wrongful death victims living in California have the right to demand compensation from the party responsible for their loved one’s passing. Wrongful death claims seek compensation to help the family recover from the loss of their loved one, while providing a means to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions. While every situation is different, the claims filed may be eligible for compensation of the following damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Non-economic damages (pain & suffering, loss of consortium as examples)
- Punitive Damages
No matter the circumstances of your loved one’s passing, if their death was caused by the actions or inaction of another, filing a personal injury claim for wrongful death, may be the only way to ensure your family has the means to move on.
When You Need Help
The Law Offices of Dr. Russell W. Sawyer are prepared to provide you with the representation you need and deserve to receive full and fair compensation. Contact Dr. Russell W. Sawyer for a free consultation at (707) 888-1118. We represent clients throughout California.