Modesto Wrongful Death Lawyers
Dedicated Representation in Sacramento, Stockton & the Surrounding Areas
Wrongful death is defined as “the death of a person caused by the conduct or negligence of another.” A wrongful death lawyer knows the claim is not based on damages to the deceased but rather on the surviving spouse, family members, or even parents.
A wrongful death claim is intended to recover expenses in the absence of the deceased. This includes:
- Loss of salary
- Health benefits
- Pain and suffering
It also includes other factors that place burdens on the surviving family members or “distributes.”
If you believe your loved one’s death was preventable, we encourage you to reach out to our Modesto wrongful death lawyers for a free consultation. We can discuss your legal rights and inform you of your options. With over 30 years of experience, Rancaño & Rancaño, APLC is ready to advocate tirelessly for you and your family.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death refers to a lawsuit that alleges the victim was killed as a result of the negligent conduct or misdeeds of another.
Often, wrongful death suits arise as a result of:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Dangerous or defective products or drugs
However, a wrongful death claim can arise from any accident or incident caused by negligence that led to the death of a victim.
Wrongful Death Claim Example
Easily one of the most famous examples of a successful yet complicated wrongful death claim was the one filed against O.J. Simpson for the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. The criminal prosecution of O.J. Simpson made international headlines, and he was controversially acquitted of the charges. Not being found guilty in criminal court does not make one immune to being held liable in civil court, though. The Brown and Goldman families sued O.J. Simpson and his estate for the wrongful deaths of their loved ones and won more than $33 million in damages.
How is it that O.J. was found not guilty in criminal court but effectively “found guilty” in civil court? The seemingly contradictory case results are possible due to the different evidential burdens in criminal and civil courts. When trying to convince a crime, guilt must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt,” but a civil jury or judge can be satisfied to reach a ruling on just a “preponderance of evidence.”
It Is Important to Seek Representation Early
Hiring a wrongful death lawyer in the immediate aftermath of a loved one's death may seem unimportant in the face of such a severe loss. But hiring the right lawyer is a critical decision that may dramatically affect the lives of the surviving spouse and family members.
Unfortunately, the person or party responsible for causing the death is frequently not held accountable due to the failure of surviving family members to institute prompt legal action. All too often, critical evidence is destroyed in the days and weeks following a fatal accident, and complex state laws governing wrongful death may eliminate the possibility of recovery or bar legal action when certain legal criteria or time limitations are not satisfied.
Surviving family members are strongly urged to consult with a wrongful death lawyer immediately.
How We Can Help
At Rancaño & Rancaño, APLC, we understand that the loss of a family member or loved one caused by negligence is a tragedy that financial compensation can never undo. However, we take these cases to heart when it comes to collecting just and fair compensation.
If you've been affected by a wrongful death, your well-being comes first; your rights are next. We have more than 30 years of experience representing the families of victims. Our Modesto wrongful death lawyers have successfully represented and fought for clients in numerous related cases. We will fight until the end in our efforts to make sure you receive full compensation for your losses. We will even go to trial to take on major corporations and insurance companies if necessary.
Give us a call at (209) 850-7379 or reach out to us using our online contact form to request a free consultation today.
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