Everything You Need to Know About Wrongful Death
At Beckerman Anderson, APC, we serve our community with many practice areas, such as auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, and wrongful death. Wrongful death can be confusing to define, so let us give you the most straightforward explanation:
A wrongful death claim arises when someone dies because of the negligent or intentional act of another. These claims allow the estate and/or those close to the deceased person to file a lawsuit against the person/company legally responsible for the death.
We at Beckerman Anderson, APC, empathize with the loss of a loved one and know that it is one of the hardest experiences that any husband, wife, or child ever has to deal with. The emotional and financial impacts can be downright devastating and it is not something that a family should deal with alone. At our law firm, our caring lawyers can navigate the legal realities of the situation and help you recover not just for the health care expenses, burial expenses, and lost income, but also for the lost love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, and moral support.
If you think you might have a Wrongful Death case, here are some more helpful things to consider:
- As stated above, Wrongful Death occurs when somebody dies because of the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity. Wrongful Death though is a civil claim. This means that even if there is not a criminal prosecution related to the death, there still might be a civil case which can be pursued.
- Because Wrongful Death is a civil claim, the family does not need to prove the claim beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof will be a “preponderance of the evidence” standard. This means that it only must be proven that it was more likely than not that someone else was legally responsible.
- For your reference, some examples of Wrongful Death include a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver, an unfit roadway or defective vehicle, use of a defective product, or medical malpractice. A Wrongful Death claim could arise from a broad spectrum of situations. If you’re unsure whether you have a case, please reach out to us at the phone number provided below for a free consultation.
We at Beckerman Anderson, APC do our best to help empower our clients and community by educating them on their legal rights. Perhaps, through reading this article, you were able to understand more about Wrongful Death and can make the correlation of whether it applies in your case or not. If you have any further questions about the matter, please feel free to reach out at (949)474-2254. Don’t forget; we are here to serve you!