Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer

Unexpected death is painful and disorienting for the surviving family members. The grief and devastation after such an accident can be immeasurable. While the death of a loved one is incalculable, California law allows families a chance to seek justice and receive monetary support through a wrongful death lawsuit. Surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive compensation for the damages caused by their sudden loss. Wrongful death claims are separate from criminal cases, so it’s common for a person charged with murder or manslaughter to pay damages in a civil suit on top of their criminal penalties.

Tackling a legal lawsuit in addition to grieving and dealing with the loss is a lot to handle, but you and your family don’t need to do it alone. When you work with a skilled and trusted Sacramento wrongful death lawyer, you can be confident that there is someone in your corner protecting you and fighting for the justice you deserve.

What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit can be pursued when a person’s death results from negligence or malice on the part of another person or entity. Pursuing a wrongful death claim is challenging because you must be able to prove that the actions or inactions of another party caused or contributed to the death of your loved one. Common accidents or incidents that lead to wrongful death include:

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Most car accident fatalities are due to the negligence of at least one driver due to reckless or careless behaviors such as:

  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving 
  • Speeding
  • Fatigued driving 

If a driver is negligent, they are breaching their legal standard of reasonable care to help prevent harming another person. The negligent driver can be held responsible for the death they caused.

Medical Malpractice 

Medical professionals are highly skilled and trained, but they’re still human and can intentionally or unintentionally make mistakes. These mistakes can include cutting corners, not following correct procedures, or simply forgetting something. While these errors are not always done with malicious intent, they can have dire consequences. The most common wrongful death cases seen in medical malpractice cases are often misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a condition.

Workplace Accidents

High-risk occupations, such as manual labor and construction, have higher incidents of workplace fatalities, but wrongful death accidents can occur even in office environments. 

Defective Products

Product manufacturers, sellers, and distributors are legally responsible for ensuring their products are reasonably safe and are required to give the consumer a fair warning of potential risks. When companies fail to take reasonable steps to ensure their products are safe and they harm someone, they can be held liable for the harm. If you’ve suffered a loss of a family member because of a defective product, the company responsible can be held liable for those damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Lastly, intentional violence that causes death is also grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. In those cases, the person or persons responsible may also be prosecuted under criminal law.

It’s important to know that California law limits the amount of time to file a lawsuit. While the general statute allows up to two years, this can be shorter in medical malpractice cases and other circumstances. If you feel you may have a claim, it is critical you speak with a Sacramento wrongful death attorney promptly.



Essential Elements of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Details of a wrongful death case vary from case to case. However, there are generally at least four common elements:

  • Negligence or another wrongful act
  • The death must be caused by another person’s negligence or other wrongful action
  • There must be a correlation between the person’s action and the victim’s death
  • The negligence must have led to damages

Proving negligence is vital to most personal injury cases as they are built on a theory of negligence to establish liability. While it may seem like an easy task to establish a connection between the other party’s actions or inactions, it can be far more complicated than one would wish. Insurance companies and the other party will try to diminish their liability as much as possible. Tackling the loss of your loved one is hard enough without adding legal matters to the plate. The best thing for you and your wrongful death lawsuit is to work with a trusted lawyer who can help you pursue justice so you can focus on mourning and on your family.

Possible Damages in a Wrongful Death Case

When liability is proven in a wrongful death case, the surviving family members receive financial compensation. If your wrongful death claim is successful, the court will order the responsible party to pay a sum of money to the victim’s family members. Monetary damages from a wrongful death lawsuit can include compensation for:   

  • Burial and funeral expenses for the decedent
  • Medical expenses
  • Amounts the deceased would have earned as income
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support

Calculating funeral expenses and the remaining medical expenses of your loved one can be simple. It can get complicated when it comes to more complex damages such as pain and suffering. Nothing will make up for the loss of a loved one, but financial compensation can help you and your family make a rough time less challenging. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help you pursue justice for your family while you focus on yourself and your family.

Find a Skilled Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer at Karns & Karns

Losing a loved one is an unimaginable event, especially at the hands of someone’s negligence. At Karns & Karns, we understand these are difficult times and are determined to help you and your family through them. Our attorneys have over 65 years of combined experience, so we have the skills and experience to fight for justice and the compensation owed to you. 

Tackling a wrongful death claim is challenging, but you don’t need to do it alone. Consult with one of our attorneys today by filling out our contact form or calling (888) 381-8044.


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