Alameda Wrongful Death Lawyer

The pain, grief, and emotional trauma of losing a loved one can be overwhelming, even without adding additional emotional and legal issues. Families who lose a loved one to wrongful death have to not only cope with emotional pain, but must simultaneously deal with the financial burdens that accompany the wrongful death of a family member.

Often, families who lose a loved one in a wrongful death case suffer financial losses immediately and in the future. These losses can include burial costs, medical care, and loss of future earnings. The pain, suffering, and losses that surviving family members must endure are incalculable. A skilled Alameda wrongful death attorney can explain your rights and help you through the process of a wrongful death lawsuit to help you get justice for your lost loved one and your family.

What Is Considered Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is a term used to describe cases in which someone’s death is caused by another person or entity’s negligence. In many cases, the deceased suffered a fatal injury in an accident. It’s important to note that not every accident-related death is considered a wrongful death. Wrongful death occurs because of someone’s negligence. When an individual or entity fails to take the legal standard of reasonable care to avoid harming another person, that failure causes serious injury to someone—this is called negligence. This negligence is the element that makes a case for wrongful death. 

California law allows certain surviving family members to sue the negligent party for the death of their loved one.



Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Under California law, a person entitled to pursue a wrongful death suit is the deceased’s surviving spouse, children, or grandchildren. Domestic partners may also file a lawsuit. If there are no close surviving family members, more removed family members such as siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins can file the lawsuit.

Elements of a Wrongful Death Case

A wrongful death case has three different factors that must be satisfied for a lawsuit to be successful. The following elements must be proven for the surviving family to receive compensation in California. These elements are:

  • Death of the individual
  • The death was the result of negligence or intent to harm
  • The victim’s family is suffering from financial hardship as a result of the victim’s death

Numerous types of accidents may result in a wrongful death lawsuit. Common accidents that cause wrongful deaths include:

  • Car accidents
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents
  • Defective products
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents

Intentional acts may also be the basis for a wrongful death case, including:

  • Manslaughter
  • Assault
  • Arson
  • Murder

Proving negligence on the part of the offending individual or entity is essential to a wrongful death lawsuit. You will need to prove that your loved one’s death was a result of negligent actions by another party. An experienced wrongful death attorney understands that causation is the most crucial element in a wrongful death case. They will prepare your case to give you the best chance to receive the outcome you and your family deserve.

Compensation in an Alameda Wrongful Death Case

While wrongful death is a personal injury lawsuit, the damages are different from those of a regular personal injury lawsuit. Potential damages in a wrongful death case include:

  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Loss of consortium
  • Financial support the deceased would have contributed to your family 
  • Loss of companionship
  • Value of household services that the deceased victim would have provided

Families who lose a loved one to a wrongful death accident deserve to find justice and recover compensation for their loss. It may seem incalculable; that is why a trusted and skilled attorney is vital to the success of your wrongful death case. An attorney will not only have the expertise and resources to build a strong case, but they will also have the clear head necessary to help achieve the best possible outcome. 

How an Alameda Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help

Handling a wrongful death case can be emotionally and personally challenging. When you work with the right attorney, they can help relieve some of the legal stress of the situation. An attorney will help make the process as easy as possible. By selecting the right attorney to represent you and your family, they can help execute the strongest legal strategy possible under the circumstances. A skilled and experienced attorney can help: 

  • Maintain communication with the liable party and their insurance company
  • Take care of the complicated matters so that you can focus on your healing
  • Let you know what is going on with your case
  • Investigate the accident to determine exactly what happened, and who was at fault
  • Use special resources to your advantage
  • Prepare your case for trial
  • Settle for maximum compensation

Financial compensation for the loss of your loved one is not enough to help grieve and build a new life without them, but it can help ease the transition by offering some measure of support. Monetary support can help you feel less overwhelmed about at least a few aspects of your life. To have the best chance at a successful outcome, contact an experienced Alameda wrongful death lawyer.

Experienced Alameda Wrongful Death Lawyer at Karns & Karns

At Karns & Karns, we are determined to help our clients through one of the most challenging times in their lives. We understand the toll that a wrongful death accident and a case can take on the surviving family, which is why we will work closely with you to help ensure the best outcome for you and your family. Our attorneys have the resources, skills, and passion for helping your family through this legal process. Our goal is to protect your rights and best interests and get you the justice and compensation you deserve.

Consult with one of our attorneys today by filling out our contact form or calling (888) 381-8044.


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