What Constitutes a Wrongful Death?

January 4, 2012

Simply put, a "wrongful death" is a death that occurs because of someone or something else besides the deceased.

We're Talking about Murder?

No, not necessarily. Wrongful death can cover a lot of territory, from intentional harm to simple negligence, and from product liability to medical malpractice or car accidents. In fact, in 2001 a woman brought a wrongful death suit against her neighbors after their dogs viciously attacked and killed her wife.

Why Bring a Wrongful Death Suit?

A wrongful death suit means that you will be entitled to whatever harms and losses are incurred as a result of the loss of your loved one. This includes economic losses like income the deceased would have made over the course of his or her lifetime. It also includes the pain and suffering resulting for the loss of love, support and companionship. Each case has specific nuances that may limit or expand the liability of the person or entity responsible for the death.

O'Mara and Padilla can help you sort through a wrongful death claim. We have extensive experience with personal injury, car accident, and wrongful death law. Visit the 'wrongful death' page on our website or call (858) 481-5454 to find out about wrongful death in California, and what we can do to help you.

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