East Bay family awarded $11.7 million in Marsh Creek Road wrongful death accident

Late last week, a jury ordered Contra Costa County to pay $11.7 million to the family of William Tindall, who was killed in a crash on Marsh Creek Road in August 2008. The jury found that the County had created, and had notice of, a dangerous condition of public property at the accident location while the road was being resurfaced. Luke Ellis of this firm represented the Tindalls in their lawsuit against the County and the California Highway Patrol.

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Problems With Wrongful Death Cases

Issues Related to Wrongful Death Damages in California When considering representation and suit as to a client’s losses arising from wrongful death in California, there are several initial…

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Do California Courts Undervalue Life in Wrongful Death Lawsuits?

Clearly, no value can be put on a human life. When a family member or friend has died in a tragic accident, a lawsuit settlement or jury victory will not bring them back or restore their future. That said, monetary settlements are the way our court system deals with such deaths, and when the victim is responsible for supporting a family, financial rewards are completely justified. So it’s always a difficult undertaking when government agencies attempt to put a specific value on a human life. But if you look closely, California courts are particularly guilty of undervaluing lives lost in medical accidents.

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Wrongful Death DUI

$1.1 million in a wrongful death case where a driver lost control of his car coming from a Christmas party.

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