GJEL is a San Francisco Wrongful death law firm that specializes in complex cases. We have recovered over $950 Million dollars for injured and killed victims due to the negligence of others.

If someone you love was killed in an accident let GJEL help you get the justice you deserve. Call us for a free, no-obligation consultation and we will be by your side every step of the way.

Hold Wrongdoers Accountable

It’s always difficult to lose a loved one due to natural causes, but having someone’s life taken away because of an accident can leave you even more traumatized.

Yet, unintentional injuries rank at the top of the 10 Leading Causes of Death by Age Group, according to statistics compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Accidents take the number one spot for fatalities among people aged 1 – 44 years old, and they’re third for individuals aged 45 – 64 years old. Surviving family members are left to deal with financial hardship in addition to their grief.

Fortunately, California law may provide you with a legal remedy known as a wrongful death claim.

Our GJEL Accident Attorneys can explain your options for recovering compensation, so please contact our office to set up a free case evaluation. We may not be able to bring a loved one back, but a San Francisco wrongful death lawyer can assist with alleviating the financial struggles that often accompany these tragedies.

California Law Protects Surviving Family Members

The foundation of a wrongful death case
is that many people suffer due to the void left behind by a loved one’s death.
However, only certain individuals have legal standing and are eligible to bring
such a case, including:

  1. The decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic
    partner, and children;
  2. Further distant relatives if there are not
    individuals who qualify under #1;
  3. Some individuals who depended on the
    decedent for support, including minors who resided in the decedent’s
    household for at least 180 days prior to the fatal accident.

Legal Basis for Wrongful Death Claims

Many wrongful death cases are based upon
negligent acts of another person. If you have standing, you can recover
compensation by proving that the responsible party breached a legal duty of
care. You must also establish a direct link between the breach and the accident
in which the decedent was killed. Examples of negligence-based wrongful death
cases include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents;
  • Slip and fall incidents;
  • Medical malpractice; and,
  • Claims based upon defective, dangerous products.

In addition, intentional conduct can form
the basis of a wrongful death claim, such as an attack, shooting, or other
criminal acts.

Types of Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case

Monetary damages in a wrongful death
action are designed to compensate you for such losses as:

  • Medical care to treat the decedent before death;
  • Funeral and burial expenses;
  • Lost wages that the decedent would have earned as
    income; and,
  • Lost contributions the decedent would have
    provided for emotional support, guidance, education, and companionship.

Set Up a Free Consultation with a San Francisco Wrongful Death Lawyer

If you lost a loved one in an accident,
retaining solid legal counsel is the best strategy to enforce your right to
compensation. Our team at GJEL Accident Attorneys will advocate for you in
dealings with an insurance company, but we’re equally prepared to fight for you
in court. To learn more about how we can help with a wrongful death claim,
please call 866-249-2142 or go online to schedule a
complimentary case assessment.