wrongful-death-new-1A wrongful death ensues when an individual loses his or her life due to the intentional, accidental, or negligent actions or omissions of another party. This death can result from various accidents or incidents, such as vehicular accidents, vicious dog bites, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products, slip and fall accidents, or work place safety violations.

Should a wrongful death occur, the decedent’s family members, heirs and other beneficiaries may have the grounds to file a wrongful death claim against the person or party responsible.

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Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

A wrongful death, under California Civil Code, is a Tort action that can be classified as intentional, negligence, or strict liability.

Intentional – Under a wrongful death intentional tort, it must be proven that the defendant was aware that his or her actions would result in injury or death, but that he or she disregarded safety recklessly or willfully. As a result of the defendant’s actions, an individual must have been killed.

Negligence – The negligence tort of a wrongful death lawsuit must involve a defendant who unintentionally hurt another person due to careless acts.

Strict Liability – This tort is imposed on defendants who were engaged in hazardous or dangers activities, regardless of their degree of fault or the amount of care they exercised.

Wrongful death claims are strictly regulated in both California and Nevada. Only individuals with a specific relationship to the decedent may file a wrongful death lawsuit, and this must be done in a certain order of priority. The decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, and children are first on this list.

Orange County Wrongful Death Attorneys with 30 Years of Experience

We at The Seegmiller Law Firm have been handling wrongful death cases in California and Nevada for almost 30 years. Our expert legal team has a wealth of experience and knowledge in this particular area of law. We are compassionate yet aggressive lawyers who will work tirelessly to negotiate for the best possible settlement or award to compensate for the loss of your loved one.

At The Seegmiller Law Firm, our OC wrongful death attorneys can help you and your family obtain financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, the pain and suffering of surviving family members, loss of future anticipated earnings, loss of companionship, affection and care, loss of benefits to heirs, and even punitive damages.

California and Nevada’s statutes of limitation states that a plaintiff has two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a defendant should an individual’s death result from the negligent or wrongful actions of another. If this is not filed within two years, then the plaintiff loses all rights to file an action. It is important, therefore, to seek legal representation from an attorney right away if you wish to file a wrongful death claim.

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If you lose a loved one due to the wrongful or negligent acts of another person or party, the best thing to do is consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney from The Seegmiller Law Firm right away. An attorney will be able to protect your best interests, and will help you to achieve the best outcome possible.

We offer our services on a contingency basis, which simply means that our services are available to you at no charge unless we acquire a settlement on your behalf. There’s no need to worry about upfront fees, filing expenses, or court fees. We only get paid when you do.

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To better meet your legal needs, The Seegmiller Law Firm has offices all throughout Southern California and Nevada. Call The Seegmiller Law Firm at (855) 275-9378 to schedule a free consultation.