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Orange County Wrongful Death Lawyer

Legal Representation for Orange County Wrongful Death Cases

wrongful deathIf a close family member is dead because of the negligence or intentional act of another, you may be able to collect compensation from the responsible party.

After someone is fatally injured, in addition to possible criminal charges, you may hold those who caused the death financially accountable through civil law.

Aaron Hicks is an Orange County wrongful death attorney. He understands the stress and grief families suffer after the death of a loved one. If you want to discuss your legal options, call the Hicks Law Firm at (949) 541-9944.

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

Personal injury cases usually involve a party negligently or intentionally harming another, and the victim makes an insurance claim. It will probably be resolved, but if not, the case can go to trial.

Wrongful death cases occur in similar circumstances, but the injury is fatal. The deceased can’t take legal action, but in California, their heirs can. As with personal injury cases, they usually settle before a trial occurs.

What Could Lead Up to a Wrongful Death Case?

Any fatal accident or incident involving intentional harm might lead to a valid wrongful death claim. Some of the more common situations include:

  • Vehicle accidents: Any fatal accident could be the basis of a wrongful death case. It could involve speeding, an impaired or distracted driver. Mechanical failures on the deceased’s vehicle or the vehicle that struck them could be a cause. You may have a claim if someone killed your loved one in a road rage incident. If the road, highway, or intersection where a deadly collision took place was negligently designed or maintained, those responsible might be held accountable

  • Medical malpractice: A case may be maintained if a healthcare provider acted negligently and their mistakes caused your family member’s death. It could be a misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, or a doctor in a busy practice may not have devoted enough time and attention to your loved one

  • Workplace accidents: Workplaces can be hazardous, and if safety precautions aren’t maintained, they can be deadly. Problems could be inadequate training, faulty equipment, or employer negligence. Construction site incidents, industrial accidents, falls from heights, or exposure to toxic substances can result in fatal injuries. A family may need to file a workers’ compensation claim, and if a third party was involved (a defective machine or tool supplier or a subcontractor at a construction site), they might be a defendant in a lawsuit

  • Defective products: Product manufacturers must ensure their products are safe before they reach consumers. Unfortunately, defective or dangerous products can cause severe harm, including fatal injuries. Whether it’s a malfunctioning vehicle part, a faulty appliance, or a defective medical device, the responsibility lies with the manufacturer, distributor, and seller to provide safe products

  • Accidents in public places: Those responsible for shopping malls, amusement parks, and sidewalks must maintain a safe environment for users. Negligence in maintaining premises can lead to accidents resulting in fatal injuries. Slip and fall incidents, inadequate security leading to assaults, fires, or structural failures can all contribute to wrongful death claims

These cases are only limited by their facts and applicable laws.

Who May Be Part of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful death cases are heirs of a person killed by the wrongful act or negligence of another. Each heir may recover compensation for their losses because of the decedent’s death. Those heirs can be:

  • Surviving spouse and children
  • Other family members (like the decedent’s parents or siblings), in limited circumstances, may have a case if the evidence shows they were financially dependent on the deceased

All of the heirs must be part of a single wrongful death case.

What Can a Plaintiff Seek?

We can help qualifying family members and heirs can seek compensation for:

  • Loss of support
  • Loss of services
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of companionship and sexual cohabitation

Usually, if the case is successful and more than one heir is involved, the jury will award a lump sum to the group. The amount will be divided by the individuals based on an agreement. The court will divide the award among the heirs if there is none.

Contact Orange County Wrongful Death Lawyer Aaron Hicks at the Hicks Law Firm

The Hicks Law Firm has a team of compassionate and highly-effective wrongful death attorneys who will aggressively pursue your claim, achieve justice for your loved one, and help you recover from the financial impact of your family member’s death.

Thanks to our experience with Orange County wrongful death cases, we can guide you through this difficult time and do our best to minimize the stress of this process while recovering compensation for your loss.

Call us today at 949-541-9944 or fill out our online contact form to discuss your case, how California law may apply, and what you should do next.