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Orange County Wrongful Death Attorney

The preventable death of a loved one can be a shattering, traumatic experience. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit may seem selfish or irrelevant – after all, says conventional wisdom, money won’t bring back your loved one.

Our Orange County wrongful death lawyers understand that to be considered a wrongful death, the death must have been partially or completely preventable. The prosecution must prove the defendant committed reckless, negligent or intentional action.

In large, metropolitan areas like Orange County, negligent actions that lead to wrongful death – tragically – happen very often.

Here are some of the common causes of a wrongful death in Orange County:

  • Motorcycle, auto, trucking or bicycle accidents
  • Murder and other intentional acts
  • Slips and falls
  • Poisoning or defective products (may often lead to a recall of said product)
  • Work-related accidents such as construction jobs

Orange County Wrongful Death Lawsuits

A wrongful death lawsuit is brought against a negligent party by the family of a deceased person. Wrongful death suits can be raised from careless acts like a car accident that results in a death or an intentional one like murder.

California law regarding wrongful death is straightforward: if a family member or loved one has died as a result of someone else’s wrongful act, the victim’s family is allowed to file a lawsuit that seeks compensation for death-related expenses.

Additionally, California law allows the victim’s relatives to sue for their own damages, especially if they were financially or emotionally dependent on the victim. In this case, an injury to the victim is also perceived as an injury to the victim’s spouse, children, or other family members. Damages are calculated based on what might have occurred in the future, such as an estimate of the lifelong earnings of the victim. These calculations require the expert services of a certified economist. The law also allows the victim’s family to recover damages for the loss of “care, comfort and society” due to the deceased person’s absence. Information regarding the wrongful death statute of limitations can be found here.

If you are looking for immediate help or answers about a claim for wrongful death damages, call our accomplished, trustworthy and experienced team of Orange County wrongful death lawyers.

At Panish, Shea and Boyle, we understand that anyone who brings a wrongful death suit is going through an incredibly difficult time. Our experienced team of attorneys gives you the personal attention and sensitivity you need while you still may be grieving. We make the process as easy as possible as we help you navigate the legal system. While the monetary damages from a wrongful death suit won’t bring the victim back, they can be used to ease the burden on the victim’s loved ones and set their – and your – lives back on track.

A wrongful death suit can seek compensation for medical and funeral bills, emotional pain and suffering caused by the death, and loss of financial support. While it may seem daunting to face a legal battle at this time, an experienced and thoughtful Orange County wrongful death attorney can help secure the money and closure you need to move forward.

Panish Shea & Boyle Gets Results

Our firm has successfully obtained compensation for a number of families affected by a wrongful death. Partner Brian Panish won a $25.5 million jury verdict for the relatives of a family of three that were killed by a drunk driver. Panish worked with partner Kevin Boyle to recover $2.8 million for the elderly parents of a 48-year old man killed in a collision between a freight train and a commuter train.

If you are interested in a consultation about Orange County wrongful death or a possible lawsuit, contact our experienced team of wrongful death attorneys in Orange County today. Let the experience and knowledge of our personal injury attorneys carry you and your family through this difficult time and get you the compensation that will allow you to move forward.


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