Wrongful Death ATTORNEYS
There is absolutely nothing more life-altering, and more difficult to recover from, than losing someone you love due to the action, negligence, or carelessness of another human being. And in the midst of the resulting emotional and physical pain, there are often financial and practical challenges that must be overcome.
You may very well find yourself at your wit’s end, with no clarity as to what to do. But if your loved one died due to the wrongful actions of another, then you are entitled to pursue financial compensation for your loss. Obviously, money cannot begin to compare to what you have lost—who you have lost—but at the very least, can help you provide for yourself and your family.
For more than 25 years, Penney & Associates has been helping people all over the country take legal action against those who have caused harm. We can help guide you through these legally and emotionally complex circumstances, so that you can focus your attentions on your family and your own well-being. To learn more about how we can help you, contact Penney & Associates today.
WHAT CONSTITUTES WRONGFUL DEATH?
In California, state law defines wrongful death as being a death that results from the negligence or misconduct of another person. Wrongful death can occur in a variety of ways and circumstances, including:
No amount of money can adequately compensate you for the loss of your loved one, but can at the very least begin to give you the financial security you deserve.
Recognizing—and successfully fighting for—what you are entitled to requires a detailed understanding of the law, and how it applies to your case. To ensure the fairest possible treatment in your case, ensure that you have the best possible legal representation.
THE LOSS OF A LOVED ON DUE TO WRONGFUL DEATH CAN RESULT IN A VARIETY OF UNFORSEEN FINACIAL LOSSES WHICH THE LAW RECOGNIZES AND PROVIDES FOR.
The unexpected death of a family member is not just a devastating emotional loss, but also often a serious financial loss as well:
- Medical & Funeral Costs: Not everyone is fortunate enough to have medical coverage, and even excellent health insurance can have deductibles of thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, or not fully cover significant health interventions. Funeral costs can add thousands of dollars more in costs to be dealt with.
- Physical damages: The loss of your loved one may also have resulted in serious damage to your home, a vehicle you depended upon to get to work, or other property.
- Retirement: In some cases, death before retirement age may result in the diminishment or negation of retirement and pension plans.
- Future Earnings: Even in households with two incomes, the loss of income from one person can seriously compromise a family’s financial security.
- Loss of companionship: In some instances, the law provides for financial compensation for a spouse’s or partner’s loss of companionship which was provided by the deceased.
- Inheritance: The surviving partner of the deceased may not be entitled to what would have been a shared inheritance.
- Pain and suffering: In some cases, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the pain and suffering endured both by you and your deceased family member.
Depending on the circumstances, a negotiated settlement or jury award may compensate you to some degree for any or all of the above. You may also be eligible for punitive damages in instances where the other party acted intentionally, or in a particularly negligent manner.