Bakersfield Wrongful Death Lawyers
Lawyers Fighting On Behalf Of The Survivors Of Wrongful Death Victims In Bakersfield
Wrongful Death | The death of a loved one is a tragic event that leaves family members and friends to pick up the pieces. Many people may be confused as to where to turn following someone’s untimely passing.
But if your family member died as a result of someone else’s actions, you have important legal rights you must know about.
What You Need to Know about Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death actions are civil actions, like lawsuits for personal injuries. Note that a wrongful death suit does not prosecute someone for criminal penalties. Wrongful death actions are generally based on the following:
- Negligence — Negligence refers to the failure of someone to use the care that a reasonable person would use in the same situation. In wrongful death cases, that negligence is alleged to be the cause of another person’s demise. For example, a company that manufactured a defective product that caused your loved one’s death may be held responsible.
- Intentional acts — A wrongful death action is the civil remedy for family members after a loved one dies as a result of murder or manslaughter. A fight that resulted in fatal head trauma is an example of an intentional act that can result in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Negligence is the most common basis for a wrongful death action and can have a variety of causes, including car and truck accidents. Although dog bite cases are strict liability actions under California law, a fatal dog attack is also a basis for a wrongful death claim.
A successful lawsuit for wrongful death allows a surviving family member to recover the costs that a decedent sustained or incurred before death. Family members can also be awarded punitive or exemplary damages. These are costs a court imposes to punish defendants for their actions.
However, surviving family members cannot be awarded damages for pain or suffering in California. Our California wrongful death attorneys can help you determine whether your loved one’s death qualifies for a civil action.
A Law Firm that Can Take on any Kind of Wrongful Death Action
The attorneys at Young Wooldridge, LLP handle all types of bodily injury and wrongful death cases resulting from:
- Motor Vehicles accidents,
- Oil field accidents,
- Defective products,
- Medical malpractice; and
- Intentional torts
Services include all stages of litigation, from filing an action to appellate review. The attorneys aggressively represent clients’ right and have received many successful jury verdicts or settlements for the decedent’s estate.
Contact a Compassionate Firm for a Free Initial Consultation about the Death of Your Loved One
Losing someone close to you is never easy. Young Wooldridge, LLP provides legal services to those who have lost someone through an accident or the acts of another person. The firm’s lawyers can guide you every step of the way. Contact the firm at 661.451.5449 or online to schedule a free initial consultation with a wrongful death attorney.