I’m Andy Gillin, a Fresno Wrongful Death Lawyer. If you think you may need a wrongful death lawyer please call us, for a free no obligation case evaluation. Hiring an experienced lawyer can help maximize your chances of success and your recovery amount.
Here are a few reasons to call us:
- We offer free case evaluations
- We are rated one of the best wrongful death law firms in the country by US News & World Report
- We have a 99%+ success rate
- We have recovered over $950 Million dollars for our clients and have had some of the largest wrongful death settlement amounts.
How often do these accidents happen?
Cancer, heart attack, and other medical conditions are definitely serious concerns as far as cause of death in the US, but statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a different picture.
Accidental injuries top the list of the 10 Leading Causes of Death by Age Group for individuals aged 1 – 44 years old. Unintentional bodily harm ranks third as a cause of death for people 45 – 64 years old. The lives of surviving loved ones are forever changed.
At GJEL Accident Attorneys, we know that
legal action cannot bring back someone who died because of another person’s
misconduct. Still, we’re committed to making you as whole as possible after you
lose a loved one in an accident. Surviving family members have rights, and a Fresno wrongful
death lawyer can tell you more about them. Please contact
our office to schedule a free consultation today.
Your Rights as a Surviving Family Member
A wrongful death case falls under the
legal category of personal injury, except that the victim succumbed to his or
her injuries instead of merely getting hurt. Certain surviving loved ones
suffer losses for which they may be entitled to compensation under California
law. The key is being legally allowed to bring a claim, a concept known as
having “standing.” You can pursue a wrongful death action if you’re a:
- Surviving spouse, domestic partner, or child;
- Further distant relative that would be entitled
to inherit the victim’s property through the probate process; or,
- Designated individual who was dependent upon the
deceased for financial support.
Negligence in Wrongful Death Claims
Accidents happen because someone was
careless or reckless, which is termed “negligence” in the field of law. As with
a personal injury case, you can establish liability in a wrongful death case by
showing that someone breached the legal duty to exercise reasonable care. You
must also show that the breach was a direct cause of your loved one’s death, and
that you suffered losses due to his or her passing.
Note that it’s also possible to pursue a
wrongful death claim based upon intentional conduct, such as assault and
Seeking Compensation for Your Losses
Monetary damages in a wrongful death action
are intended to compensate for:
- Expenses related to medical care incurred to
treat the decedent before death;
- The costs of a funeral and burial;
- The lost income that the decedent would have
earned had he or she not suffered fatal injuries;
- Losses based upon the non-economic contributions
the deceased would have provided, such as support, guidance, education,
companionship, and many others.
Discuss Your Rights with a Fresno Wrongful Death Lawyer
You’ll always feel the impact after a loved one dies in an accident, but you don’t need to experience financial strain. To learn more about your remedies in a wrongful death action, please contact GJEL Accident Attorneys at 866-249-2142 or visit our website.
We can schedule a no-cost case evaluation to review your situation and get started on a strategy to enforce your rights as a survivor.