Wrongful Death

San Francisco Wrongful Death Attorneys

Compassionate Counsel for Grieving Families

When another party’s negligence causes a death, the surviving family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the at-fault party (or parties) accountable. A successful wrongful death claim may result in compensation for the harm caused, including, funeral and burial expenses, the loss of love, society, protection, and companionship, as well as lost income. As of January 1, 2022, California allows for recovery of the compensation the decedent would have been entitled to for pain and suffering caused by the negligent party.

A wrongful death lawsuit also forces the at-fault party (or parties) to confront any negligence that may have contributed to the incident, which will help prevent future incidents from happening again.

Retaining an experienced San Francisco wrongful death lawyer is the best way for the surviving family to pursue a successful claim and receive maximum compensation owed under the law. At Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, we understand that participating in a lawsuit may be the last thing you want to do when you are grieving, which is why we work hard to make it as easy as possible for you. We take a compassionate approach to your needs but an aggressive approach to advocating for you against any at-fault party.

Contact Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman online to schedule a free consultation with a San Francisco wrongful death attorney.

Types of Wrongful Death Cases

When an individual or company causes the death of another person through an intentional or unintentional wrongful act, the decedent is considered to have suffered a “wrongful death.” When choosing legal representation, it is essential to look for attorneys skilled in wrongful death law and the type of accident/incident at the center of your case.

Baum Hedlund’s team of trial lawyers has represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims across a wide variety of practice areas, including:

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Generally speaking, the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit belongs to the closest relative (or relatives) of the decedent but these laws vary in each state:

  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Children
  • Dependent step-children
  • Minor(s) living with the decedent for six months or more
  • Dependent parents

If none of these people can file suit, the right to file moves to:

  • Parents
  • Siblings and their children
  • Grandparents

If you believe you have grounds for a case, even if you are unsure, consult with a San Francisco wrongful death lawyer to learn more about your legal rights. Acting quickly to pursue a case helps ensure that key pieces of evidence are preserved and that important information to bolster your case is not lost.

Furthermore, there is a time limit (statute of limitations) for how long you have to file a wrongful death action. California allows grieving families two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim.

How Hard Is It to Prove Wrongful Death?

All wrongful death plaintiffs (those filing suit) must show that the defendant (the party being sued) was liable “by a preponderance of the evidence,” which simply means that the defendant is more likely to have been responsible for the decedent’s death than not. In this way, wrongful death cases differ from criminal homicide cases, which require that the defendant must be proven guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Still, this does not mean a wrongful death defendant will be any more willing to admit fault. Many parties and their insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid or limit their liability in a wrongful death case. Hiring an experienced law firm will strengthen your case and increase your chances of full compensation for all your losses.

Compensation for Wrongful Death Cases

The value of your case depends on several factors. Wrongful death claimants seek compensation for damages like funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the loss of comfort, love, society, guidance, protection and companionship, among others. In many cases, the decedent suffered severe pain and suffering caused by the negligent party. California now allows recovery for the amount that would have been owed to the decedent had he or she lived.

It is important to remember that the surviving family also loses the financial help that the deceased earned. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the projected loss of income from the deceased can be awarded for the duration of the decedent’s expected life span or the family member bringing the claim, whichever is shortest.

Call a San Francisco Wrongful Death Lawyer

At Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, we put our clients first. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases. Nothing can truly make up for the loss of someone you love. We aim to hold the negligent party fully accountable so that you can gain some peace of mind knowing justice was served.

Our wrongful death attorney team has a reputation of winning high-profile cases, a few of which include:

  • $15,000,000 settlement for a truck that hit and severely injured a pedestrian
  • $7,000,000 verdict for a truck crash that ended in a wrongful death;
  • $2,800,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a train passenger;
  • $1,800,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a tour bus passenger; and
  • 75 more truck accident settlements of $1 million or more

Call (855) 948-5098 today to speak with a San Francisco wrongful death lawyer in a free and no-obligation case evaluation. We accept cases across the state and nation, with offices in Los Angeles, Larkspur, Bakersfield, Ontario, Sacramento, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.

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