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California Wrongful Death Attorneys

Serving Santa Barbara, Oxnard and Ventura

A wrongful death — one that was caused by someone else’s unlawful actions — is especially hard for the families who must carry on. Losing a loved one results in more than just the emotional impact; families must also contend with loss of income, loss of help, and costs related to the death. If you are considering legal action related to a wrongful death, the experienced lawyers at Crane Flores, LLP can help you navigate the legal system and get the best results during a difficult time. Read our Wrongful Death FAQ page.

According to California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) 3921, in a wrongful death lawsuit where a family loses an adult member, the claimant may receive two types of damages — economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages

Economic damages that a surviving family member would expect to receive include:

  • Financial support
  • Loss of gifts or benefits
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Monetary amount of household services

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages include compensation for:

  • Plaintiff’s grief, sorrow, and mental anguish
  • Loss of society and comfort

When we evaluate a case, we have expert economists calculate the financial impact of the death on the family. These experts estimate the value of a spouse’s lost earnings as well as non-economic contribution to the home. Similarly, when surviving family members need to hire someone to help with childcare, grocery shopping, and other daily chores, they are also entitled to compensation for the costs of these services.

Lastly, we do understand and are sensitive to the fact that losing a loved one is not something any amount of money can “fix.”  We know that the deeper costs, truer costs — the human cost of a wrongful death and its effect on a family are much more difficult to measure. However, we use all resources to ensure that those losses are compensated as fairly and as fully as possible in every case.

Incidents involving wrongful death

Many different types of situations can result in a fatality,  and a wrongful death attorney can determine if negligence was involved. Types of wrongful death claims often arise as a result of:

  • Nursing home abuse
  • Airplane crashes
  • Toxic exposure
  • Deadly fires
  • Explosions
  • Construction accidents
  • Oilfield accidents
  • Swimming pool drowning

A wrongful death claim can help re-establish financial security when a family provider dies. It also acts as a safeguard to protect other families from a similar tragedy by holding negligent or liable parties accountable.

Contact our law firm today

Arrange a free consultation to discuss whether you have a wrongful death case. We provide a no-charge case evaluation, and you owe no fees unless we recover through settlement or verdict. Call 805.568.5927, 24 hours a day or contact Crane Flores, LLP online.

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