The loss of a family member is never easy. Questions may exist whether the death was natural or the result of a wrongful or negligent act. Wrongful deaths occur when a person’s life is cut short because of another person or party’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing.
Our Sacramento wrongful death lawyers help families discover what happened to their loved ones. We help you hold the party responsible for your family member’s death accountable. If you suspect that your loved one’s death was caused by the actions or inactions of another party, contact our office for a free case review.
What are the Causes of Wrongful Death in California?
A wrongful death claim may arise because of an accident or injury. Several situations might result in a legal claim for damages caused by a wrongful death.
Wrongful death lawsuits might be related to:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Thousands of people die each year in motor vehicle accidents. If a traffic accident causes a death, the family may recover compensation from the person who caused the accident. You must prove that the other party caused the accident and the accident led to the death of your family member.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Pedestrians and bicyclists have a high risk of sustaining life-threatening injuries and conditions when struck by a vehicle. Bicyclists and pedestrians have no protection from the force of the impact. Holding drivers responsible by filing a wrongful death claim can help bring attention to the dangers and risks faced by pedestrians and bicyclists in California.
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Dog bites and animal attacks can result in a variety of injuries, including broken bones, puncture wounds, and infections. In some cases, a dog attack can result in death. The dog owner or property owner may be liable for damages a family faces when they lose a loved one because of a dog attack.
Defective products can cause injuries that lead to death. A product liability case may result in damages when the person survives the injuries. However, if a person dies because of a defective product, the manufacturer, designer, distributor, and other parties might be liable under a wrongful death lawsuit.
Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse and neglect can result in serious conditions and injuries for patients. However, some cases of nursing home abuse and neglect result in death. It is important to hold the parties and the nursing home accountable for the negligence and wrongdoing that led to a patient’s death.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Many slip and fall accidents result in broken bones, back injuries, and neck injuries that are not life-threatening. However, some falls can result in death. Property owners can be held liable for wrongful deaths that occur on their property if the property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous or hazardous condition and did nothing about the situation.
Contact a Sacramento Wrongful Death Attorney for More Information
We are very sorry for your loss, and we understand that talking to an attorney may be difficult. Our legal team is here to provide guidance, support, and legal advice when you are ready to discuss the circumstances that led to your loved one’s death.
However, the California statutes of limitations restrict the time to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Do not wait too long to contact an attorney or you could lose your right to hold the party who caused your family member’s death accountable.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Sacramento wrongful death attorneys.