When an accidental death is caused by another individual's gross negligence, wrongful actions or inaction it is called a wrongful death. Fatal accidents that occur under these circumstances are the most tragic and cause extreme grief, suffering and even economic damage to the family and friends left behind.
Whether the deceased is or is not considered to be comparatively at fault in their wrongful demise, their close relatives, estate or next of kin may file a civil action for the recovery of economic and non-economic damages and act as the plaintiffs in that action.
If your loved one has suffered a wrongful death in Los Angeles due to negligence, you may wonder if you need a workplace wrongful death lawyer. Contact Greenberg and Ruby Injury Attorneys today to discuss your case. They are dedicated to providing support and assistance so that you are able to secure compensation during this trying time.
Why Choose Greenberg And Ruby Injury Attorneys?
- Their Los Angeles injury attorneys conduct thorough investigations into wrongful death lawsuits.
- They are caring with their clients and relentless with insurance companies.
- Attorney Emily Ruby has secured more than $30M over the last 10 years alone.
- They skillfully handle negotiations and deal with any unexpected legal hurdles
- They provide their services on contingency. Meaning if you don't win, you don't pay.
- Their Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers provide free case evaluations.
How Wrongful Death Accidents Occur
There are a number of different circumstances in Los Angeles that can result in a wrongful death. The leading causes of wrongful death in Los Angeles are motor vehicle accidents involving cars, buses, trucks and especially motorcycles, medical malpractice and prescription drug reactions, unsafe premises accidents, construction accidents and other workplace accidents and traumatic brain injuries.
Los Angeles wrongful death fatalities may also result from amusement park accidents, swimming or boating accidents, faulty vehicular safety equipment, public transportation accidents, illness and injury from hazardous material exposure and faulty medical equipment or devices.
Types Of Wrongful Death Accidents
Los Angeles wrongful death lawsuits generally fall under the categories of medical mistakes and failure to diagnose, work-related accidents and injuries, vehicular accidents including motor vehicles, bicycles and planes, unsafe premises accidents, water-related accidents from swimming, boating or scuba-diving, sports-related accidents and criminal violence or personal assault.
Medical mistakes, incorrect prescription drug dosages or fatal prescription drug reactions, and the failure to diagnose fatal conditions contribute to or cause thousands of unnecessary fatalities each year. Although many medically related deaths are unavoidable, when a doctor or health care provider has been grossly negligent, uninformed, or has failed to exercise due diligence in diagnosis and treatment it may be considered a wrongful death.
In many states, motor vehicle accidents resulting in a fatality caused by driver negligence can be considered for wrongful death civil actions. Additionally, the failure of those responsible to properly test, inspect and repair plane, truck, bus and automobiles can be considered gross negligence resulting in wrongful death. Motor vehicle and plane accidents and fatalities resulting from faulty safety or other mechanical features including poorly designed or assembled parts may be considered under Los Angeles product liability laws in a wrongful death civil action.
Los Angeles wrongful death premises accidents occur when an individual is fatally injured due to unsafe conditions on private property, public walkways and roadways or businesses such as department stores. Improper lighting, wet or slippery floors, unsafe stairs, elevators or escalators, windows without screens and ice or snow conditions may all be considered the property owner's or government's responsibility when a fatal injury ensues as a result.
Water-related activities and sports are all considered to be inherently risky and any individual engaging in them must exercise a reasonable amount of care for his or her safety. However, if the water-related accident occurred on a rental boat, at a diving center or public pool or at any other sport center or resort, the owner of the Los Angeles organization may be considered responsible or partially responsible.
How Can A Wrongful Death Lawyer Help?
When a loved one unexpectedly dies through no fault of their own, then words cannot begin to describe how devastating this can be to the family of the victim, both emotionally and in many cases financially too.
In circumstances such as these, it is understandable that the family's first thoughts are probably not to call upon the services of a team of wrongful death attorneys, as they begin to come to terms with what's happened. However, because of the strict statute of limitations in cases such as these, then this is exactly what they should be doing.
A wrongful death lawyer can thoroughly investigate the wrongful death and the incident that caused it. In many cases, they have the resource to call upon a wealth of independent experts who can investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and can seek to prove negligence. This includes accident investigators, specialist machinery experts, safety and heath advisers and even forensic scientists.
This leaves the wrongful death lawyer and their team able to take down witness statements. The expert findings can be coupled together with the witness statements to give the attorney a clearer picture of who is to be held accountable. From this, they can look to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
What Damages Can I Recover?
When it comes to seeking compensation, a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer can help clients recover a slew of damages. This includes:
- Funeral/burial expenses
- Loss of main breadwinner wages
- Grief and suffering caused to the family
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of father figure (if applicable)
- Any loss of inheritance
- Loss of sexual relations
- Punitive damages (in some cases)
Get Help From Proven Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorneys Today
If your loved one suffered a wrongful death in Los Angeles, contact Greenberg and Ruby Injury Attorneys today to see how they can help. For many, suffering the sudden, avoidable death of a loved one can be a horrendous experience. Securing compensation certainly will not ease the pain in a wrongful death case, but it can hopefully help to get your life back on the path to a full recovery. The statute of limitations does make filing wrongful death claims time-sensitive issues. Call today for a free consultation.