San Francisco is a growing and vibrant city. With more than 800,000 individuals living in a limited geographic area, you can find almost anything in terms of food, entertainment, education, and career opportunities. Yet there is a downside to such a densely populated city. All types of accidents occur, leading to injuries and fatalities. When these accidents occur because of someone’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing, then the victims have the legal right to file a claim seeking compensation. If the accident causes an individual’s death, then his or her family members should speak with a San Francisco wrongful death attorney at Brod Law Firm to discuss their damages and the claims process. Experienced and skilled attorney Greg Brod is here to listen to your situation, explain your rights, and discuss your legal options after a tragic accident.Common Causes of Wrongful Death Claims
Many kinds of accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and death, including but not limited to:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Commercial Trucking Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Work-related Accidents
- Defective Products
- Slip and Falls
- Medical Malpractice
While these are common types of accidents in which a person’s negligence can lead to fatalities, a wrongful death claim can arise from any type of incident. Your situation does not need to be common for you to have a legal claim. For you to be able to bring an insurance claim or lawsuit, you need evidence of another person’s negligence. Legally speaking, this is a breach of a person’s legal duty toward your loved one. Another way to look at it is whether the person behaved carelessly or recklessly, directly leading to the accident. You may also have a civil legal claim if the other person was intentionally acting in a way that could cause harm.
Whether you lost a loved one in a situation described above or some other situation, do not hesitate to call a wrongful death attorney in San Francisco to discuss your options.Limitations on Who can File a Wrongful Death Claim
Based on the California Code of Civil Procedure §377.60, only certain individuals can file a wrongful death lawsuit after losing a loved one in an accident. You should speak with an attorney about a claim if you are a surviving:
- Spouse or putative spouse
- Domestic partner
- Grandchild of a deceased child
A putative spouse is an individual who believes, in good faith, to be married to the victim of the accident, though the marriage was actually void or voidable under the law. In many cases, you may not realize you are a putative spouse until a legal issue arises and someone questions the validity of the marriage. For California’s purposes, you are considered the deceased individual’s spouse if you were legally married or reasonably believed yourself to be legally married. A technicality that voids your marriage may not bar you from seeking wrongful death compensation.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding who can or should file a wrongful death claim after a fatal accident, contact a San Francisco wrongful death lawyer as soon as you can.Why You Should Consider a Wrongful Death Claim
After suffering an unexpected and tragic loss, you may wonder why you would bother with a complicated insurance or legal claim. You have enough on your plate. At Brod Law Firm, we understand that it is rarely what you want to do. However, it may be what you and your family need.
Moving forward with a wrongful death claim enables you to seek justice for your loved one, particularly when the at-fault person or business’s actions do not lead to criminal charges. You may also find yourself in a difficult financial position. After such a loss, your family may be solely responsible for your loved one’s medical bills and funeral burial expenses. Without their compensation and benefits from work, you could suddenly find yourself in a one-income household. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to cover these necessary expenses and reimburse you for the loss of financial support.
A wrongful death claim also recognizes the emotional and psychological injuries resulting from your loved one’s death. It enables you to hold the other party responsible for the harm you and your family members have suffered. You are entitled to pursue compensation for this harm in addition to compensation for your expenses and financial losses.
If you are unsure of the benefit of bringing a wrongful death claim or the compensation to which you may be entitled, speak with a wrongful death lawyer practicing in San Francisco. Attorney Greg Brod offers you an honest discussion of the potential benefits and difficulties of seeking compensation for your loss through an insurance claim or lawsuit. He will explain the process and potential value of your claim in order to help you make the right decision for your family.We Have Years of Experience Helping Families Recover From Unexpected Loss
After suffering a loss in your family, there is no need to rush into a decision. After you have spent time with your family, consider calling us at Brod Law Firm. We will never pressure you into filing a claim that you feel will not benefit your family. We will offer you the objective facts regarding a wrongful death claim as well as our experienced opinion. If you wish to move forward with a claim, we will guide you through this process and fight for you to receive the best possible outcome.
When you are ready to discuss your legal options, call us at (800) 427-7020 to schedule a free consultation.