Since the firm was formed in 1972 the partners at GJEL have helped hundreds of clients with their wrongful death cases. We have recovered over $1 Billion for our clients who have been seriously injured or killed in accidents.
GJEL has the resources to take your case to trial and hold the wrongdoers accountable for their actions at no upfront cost to you. When you work with GJEL you won’t pay us unless and until we win your case.
What is a wrongful death lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is a lawsuit that is filed in civil court to hold wrongdoers responsible for their actions that resulted in the death of a family member. Typically wrongful death lawsuits are a way to hold the responsible party financially accountable for their actions that resulted in the death.
- Car Accidents: Where negligent drivers caused a car accident resulting in death.
- Defective Products: Where a product design flaw caused the incident.
- Pedestrian Accidents: When pedestrians are hit by cars or other motor vehicles
- Motorcycle & Truck Accidents: Freeway accidents where a commercial truck or motorcycle is involved.
- Employer Negligence & Workplace Accidents: Where an employer hosted an event that resulted in the death of someone due to their negligence.
What We Can Do for You
Our wrongful death attorneys work hard to help families who lose loved ones in an accident.
We seek justice for the victims of accidents and thoroughly investigate accidents to hold wrongdoers responsible for their actions. An experienced attorney can help you maximize your financial recovery and help your family get peace of mind.
What to Look For When Hiring a Wrongful Death Lawyer
When deciding who to hire for a wrongful death claim you must do the proper research before contacting a law firm. Smaller firms with less experience may try to quickly settle a case instead of taking it to trial. Smaller less established firms may also not have the substantial resources that GJEL has to take and see cases all of the way through trial.
- Have you handled wrongful death cases before? GJEL has handled hundreds of wrongful death cases
- What is your success rate with these cases? GJEL maintains a 99% success rate
- How much money have you recovered for your clients? GJEL has recovered over One Billion Dollars for our clients
Types of Compensation Available
The last thing you want to worry about after experiencing the loss of a loved one is bills. But the reality is that the loss of a breadwinner can have a life-long significance Typically during the average wrongful death claim, we will look at the different types of compensation available for recovery. The most common recoveries we can recover are:
- Expenses for funerals and the burial
- Lifetime loss of income from the deceased individual and family support
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
Many different types of accidents can cause harm or even death. Some of the most common ones include construction accidents, drunk driving accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip, and fall accidents, truck accidents.
We have extensive experience in the recovery for compensation under personal injury law. We will fight for you so you can receive the maximum compensation available.
At GJEL we are passionate about helping people through tough times. We work diligently so that you can rest free from financial worries.
Past Experience With San Jose Wrongful Death Cases
San Jose‘s wrongful death actions have many complications that other cases do. The deceased can’t speak for himself/herself. Feelings run extremely high during these times. Defendants might feel especially motivated not to accept their fault. Parallel criminal proceedings going on. Intrusion on family privacy. Publicity and intrusion on family privacy.
Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations in California
California Code of Civil Procedure 335 provides the deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit after someone dies. A person must file a wrongful death claim within two years of when the death occurred. This means that if you want to sue someone for wrongful death, you need to do so within two years of when that person died. However, this doesn’t mean that you should wait until then to seek legal help. You should contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible to start building your case.