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When someone is killed by the wrongful actions of someone else it is called "wrongful death" These are among the most tragic of cases.  Many happen as the result of motorcycle accidents car accidents and other cases involving negligence.  If you have a loved one that tragically lost there life as the result of the negligence of someoene els give us a call and we can help you recover the money you deserve. 

We have represented many people under the same circumstances you are facing and understand just how tragic this situation can be.  We can get you through this the reason I do this job is to help people in the some of the worst situations life can throw at them recover.

When someone dies as a result of the negligence of others the law provides that their next of kin and their estate may act as plaintiffs to bring a civil action to recover economic and non economic damages.  This can be true even if the deceased was partially at fault.  (comparative fault).  If the death was a result of a drunk driver than punitive damages may be awarded. 

WHO IS CONSIDERED NEXT OF KIN

The people who are considered next of kin include family members of the deceased such as husband, wife, domestic partner, children, parents, or siblings, in order of priority of claim.  If a parent dies the surviving spouse / partner and children may all be plaintiffs. 

 

WHAT EXPENSES CAN BE RECOVERED?

FUNERAL AND BURIAL EXPENSES

LOSS OF INCOME FROM THE DECEDENT

MEDICAL EXPENSES PRIOR TO DEATH

LOSS OF HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT

LOSS OF CHILD REARING SUPPORT

LOSS OF MEDICAL AND RETIRMENT BENEFITS

NON ECONOMIC DAMAGES SUCH AS LOSS OF SUPPORT, COMPANIONSHIP AND AFFECTION

 

A surviving spouse or partner having lost their lfie comanion also has a seperate right damages for the terrible injury to the relationship. 

This is called loss of consortium. 

you should act promptly if you believe that someone you love has been the victim of a wrongful death claim.  Statute of limitations on accidental death claims can be as little as six months. 

The time you have depends on who caused the accident and other factors. 

Contact us so that we can give you a case evaluation and we do all the work on a contingency fee basis if we take your case.  That means we require no payment until we help you win compensation.  We can help you get through this give us a call 559 441-1418.

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Gerald Schwab, Jr.

PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY SERVING ALL OF CALIFORNIA

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Fresno Personal Injury Attorney
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Fresno, CA 93704
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