At Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP, our wrongful death attorneys in Glendora, California understand how difficult it is when families lose their loved ones to negligence. When someone is killed by a drunk or distracted driver, or under other reckless and preventable circumstances, the family may have mixed emotions about pursuing the negligent party for financial recovery for their losses.
Our Glendora personal injury attorneys know that no amount of money will bring your loved one back, but it may give you and your surviving loved ones the time they need to fully grieve, without the financial losses associated with the death overwhelming them.
Our Glendora wrongful death attorneys will listen to your story during a free consultation and discuss your eligibility to file a claim, so you can prioritize your emotional well-being and begin the healing process.
How Will I Know Whether a Wrongful Death Claim can be Pursued After the Loss of a Loved One?
Pursuing a wrongful death claim in Glendora, California requires sufficiently satisfying the legal elements of negligence, including the fact that the liable party — the party we are pursuing for compensation — had a certain duty of care to your family member.
Next, we must prove the party breached that duty of care, and that it led to the injuries that caused your loved one’s death, which resulted in losses to you and your family.
Some of the most common causes of wrongful death in Glendora, California may include:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Work-related accidents
- Failure to maintain safe premises
- Medical malpractice
- Construction accidents
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Violent acts or attacks
- Unsafe products
Wrongful death cases require a complete investigation, which is why we encourage eligible family members to contact our wrongful death lawyers in Glendora as soon as they can, so we can begin preserving the necessary evidence to help build their case.
Is a Drunk Driving Fatality Considered Wrongful Death in Glendora, California?
Multiple types of vehicle collisions may reach the threshold for a wrongful death claim and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is among them.
When a driver is negligently operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resulting in the death of another, our Glendora wrongful death attorneys will review the facts of the case, including the police report, arrest report, and other factors that point to a drunk driver being involved.
Drunk driving — and drunk driving resulting in death — is a crime in California, which means the responsible party will likely be arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Our case, however, will be filed as a civil claim, not a criminal one, which requires a different, and often lesser burden of proof to achieve success. While our claim will have no bearing on the criminal case, a criminal conviction may be used to help build the civil claim.
At Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP, our skilled Glendora wrongful death attorneys will outline the details of your claim to ensure we are pursuing the best legal angle available to reach the outcome your family deserves.
What Type of Financial Recovery May I Pursue During a Wrongful Death Claim in Glendora, California?
When you lose a loved one, your immediate responsibility is making tough decisions about things you never thought you would have to consider, including funeral and burial plans.
After the initial decisions are made, grief has a way of masking the bigger picture, as the family struggles to move past the heartache of their loss.
That typically means the totality of your loss, including the financial losses your family will be confronted with, may not reveal itself for months.
We can help outline your financial recovery needs, while you take the time you need to fully grieve, so your case is moving forward while you comfort your family in their time of need.
Each Glendora wrongful death case is unique, and so are the available financial recovery options.
They may include, but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses that occurred before the death of your loved one
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost income and potential income earnings
- Loss of anticipated financial support
- Loss of benefits, including insurance and retirement
- Loss of affection and moral support
- Value of household services
If you have lost a loved one to negligence, contact our compassionate wrongful death attorneys in Glendora today to discuss your eligibility to pursue a claim.
Am I Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Glendora, California?
Certain California family members may be eligible to pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent party that caused their loss.
In order of eligibility, they include the surviving:
- Domestic partner
The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in the State of California is two years from the date of your loved one’s death.
If you have lost a loved one to negligence in California, contact our skilled Glendora wrongful death attorneys at Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP today by calling 626-317-0367 to learn how we can pursue the financial recovery you are entitled to, so you can take the time you need to grieve with your family.
Frequently Asked Questions for Our Wrongful Death Attorneys in Glendora, California
Who Pays the Damages in a California Auto Accident Wrongful Death Suit?
Typically, if your loved one was killed by a negligent driver, it will be their insurance company that pays the financial damages you have suffered from the loss of your loved one.
If that person was uninsured or underinsured at the time of the crash that took your loved one’s life, we may look to the deceased’s insurance policy to pursue their un/underinsured motorist policy for the outstanding amount.
If the driver who caused your loved one’s death was directly working for their employer, including a delivery service, the employer may also be liable for damages.
How are Wrongful Death Settlements Paid in California?
Wrongful Death settlements are typically paid to the surviving family members in a lump sum, minus the attorney’s fee and any other potential costs associated with procuring a positive legal resolution.
There is a possibility that a wrongful death settlement could be paid through a structured settlement, which is invested with interest and paid monthly or annually to the eligible surviving family members.
Will I Have to Appear in Court to Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
At Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP, our Glendora wrongful death attorneys will do everything legally possible to pursue your claim outside of the courtroom, so you do not have to sit through a trial. Most cases are resolved during settlement negotiations, but we will always be prepared to litigate your case inside the courtroom.
Are Wrongful Death Settlements Public Record in California?
When a wrongful death settlement is agreed upon through negotiations or mediation, outside the courtroom, the outcome is private. That means only the attorneys, insurance provider, and family members who agree to the settlement know the outcome.
However, if your wrongful death case goes to trial, all records are made available to the public, including the amount of the verdict that the Jury awards the plaintiffs.