Have you or a loved one suffered the unhappiness of a negligent fatality or wrongful suicide? Loss of a spouse, child, grandma, granddad, or life partner in the expansive City of Angels is not uncommon? But a wrongful death occurs when a defendant in a civil case, wrongfully or carelessly takes the life of another human being with or without malice aforethought. (more detailed info and elements are found here.)
So this civil law, statutory scheme differs from the crime of murder. Contrasting this with a crime, the only hardship befalling a defendant getting sued, is a civil judgment and award of money damages. Also, historically, it was cheaper to take another individual’s life than it was to injure them. Hence, the only consequence the killer usually faced was jail-time or capital punishment.
Thankfully, this injustice to those left behind became cured in the mid 19th century. So in most American, states wrongful death laws got created by legislative enactment. Since then, survivors going through this tough ordeal have become empowered to seek a chance in court. So now they have a shot at getting money damages. Because of this, they may be able to cover some of the financial losses to the pride in losing a prized family member. But there is no jail-time for an evildoer under the civil wrongful death statutes themselves.
But that said, a defendant can still become held to answer criminally by the prosecutor. Also, defendants can be simultaneously sued civilly for remuneration. As a result, the accused is not in double jeopardy by getting sued while still locked up criminally. Most noteworthy here, we are the attorneys who do the actual suing.
Who Can Help The Survivors of Death Claims?
With decades of experience at hand, the attorneys at Ehline Law Firm PC are your best option when dealing with a case of wrongful death. Our lawyers have been in this field for many years. Also, they know how things can be made difficult for victims. First of all, the insurance company of the offender and the offender is usually less than helpful.
But insurance adjusters can only stonewall and evade for as long as they see you alone on the matter. By having our experienced and insightful attorneys by your side, you can always expect that you will be receiving justice. Hence, you can rest assured your loss will get compensated in most satisfying way possible.
That’s the Ehline Difference. Proven outcomes and Millions recovered. “Do or Die.” Hire award-winning, and nationally renowned tort lawyer, Michael P. Ehline, Esq. Call for a FREE legal consultation. No recovery, no attorney’s fee. (888) 400-9721.
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Wrongful Death Lawsuits in L.A.
Los Angeles County’s location is in California, the Golden State. The last U.S. census showed a populous of 9,818,605 people. (Source U.S. Census 2010.) It is the United State’s largest county. Additionally, the city of LA, is the second biggest city in America and largest one in California. There are many ways a person could suffer an injury get snuffed out like a candle in this bustling area. Cessation of life related to shipping, receiving and consumer activities like tourism, is staggering. Finding an accidental wrongful death lawyer for a lawsuit may be a necessity at some point.
In the U.S., more people die in accidents than any other event. According to the National Safety Council, one’s doom is sealed every five minutes in this country, due negligence. So usually this involves inattentive or downright pernicious people hurting innocent victims. Statistics tell us that at least 101,500 decedents met their bitter end this way, in the U.S., in 2003 alone. (Source: CDC Website Accidental Deaths or Injuries.)
Topping the list of these doom sealing misfortunes, are of course, automobile wrecks. Right after that, most happenings are from slips and falls, things like food poisoning, choking on food, or smoke inhalation. More gruesome deaths can be from getting burned in an inferno, such as a house or car fire. (Actor Paul Walker comes to mind.)
Ehline Law Firm PC Selflessly Assists Bereaving Victims in all Northern and Southern California Cities
No matter how experienced and seasoned our lawyers are, we can never repair everything. Most of all, we understand the other damage caused by the loss of a loved one in the family. So we know you can’t expect to keep up with the legal issues that are ongoing when you are already distressed. Also, once emotionally affected, your judgment is not clear. Furthermore, most victims are not trained in the art of personal injury litigation.
Therefore, you need legal help so you can focus on taking care of end of life matters. Survivors have to deal with things like funeral arrangements. Perhaps they are busy clearing out the decedent’s old residence. Ehline Law Firm attorneys understand the nuances. Hence, we will make sure that offending party gets brought under the law. We will make them civilly accountable for showing the negligent behavior.
Also, we have achieved monumental results. Thus, we recognized pros in this statutory field of law. But a survivor must act quickly, as the statute of limitations (time to sue), is only two years from the fatality in California judicial districts. Besides that, memories of witnesses fade over time. Also, those individuals too can pass away. Plus, valuable evidence can get lost or destroyed. Conversely, this is less likely if a claimant rapidly retains aggressive advocates. This is no joke. This type of damages lawsuit requires a personal injury pro. Naturally, we are the pros with access to cutting edge technology and investigators. So we can help you conquer this herculean task. Ehline Law assists those poor souls left behind, as their compassionate, caring legal champion.
The pain and suffering are sometimes greater than if the extinction of life was from a natural demise. No amount of money will get your loved one back. But you will need financial support now more than ever. Bills like funeral expenses are piling up; your depressed, and bereaving, may have kids perhaps. So they are trying to appear strong to those around you. But they are probably falling apart inside. You want someone to represent you who is empathetic to all these things. Now more than ever, you need not only a lawyer but a friend. That’s us!
We will come to you, and cater to your needs as a grieving victim who suffered a monumental loss. We have sympathetically and expertly recovered millions of dollars for California families in the courts of LA. But we also fight for families in other Northern and Southern California cities. We want to help you in this most delicate, sensitive time of your life.
Ehline Law Firm PC Offers Personal Attention To Winning Your Legal Battle
Our elite, boutique law firm allows us to work with injured, bereaving clients personally. Also, it gives us a close working relationship with the expert witnesses. Consequently, we may retain them to help us evaluate your injury damages claims. And we are not scared to fight big corporations when advocating for your legal rights.
We will help you delegate some of your grief while you’re on the road to recovery. Thus, if we can resolve the case in a judge ordered mediation, the victim is usually compensated for special and general damages. Also, sometimes even punitive damages are recoverable (If not, then you go to trial.) Furthermore, in some cases, the defendant may be subject to strict liability. (e.g. explosives factory blows up and kills nearby resident).
So in cases like that you only need to pin down damages and you argue how much. If subject liability is automatic, there are virtually zero defenses. Only a lawyer can rule in or out other potentially liable parties. So it makes sense to contact us for a free legal consultation. We are ready to serve 24 Hours a Day.
An entitled wrongful death victim’s family or “survivor” may recover money for the killing. Plaintiffs seek the monetary equivalent of the loss of love, affection and financial support from decedent’s estate. So this could mean dollars for things like the funeral expenses. Also, out-of-pocket expenses are recoverable. Hence, the cost of a child’s college, house payments, and car payments are recoverable. Furthermore, it can include general damages for loss of love and mental support.
Of course, bringing back the person who has lost his life is not possible. But our attorneys make sure that your family isn’t made to go through further pain. We have dealt with such cases in the past. Thus, we are dealing with them now, and we can take care of your matter too. All you need to do is trust in your seasoned professionals. Also, these are people who know how to make the offending party feel guilty for their wrongdoing. So these are experts who can put pressure. Lawyers like this make wrongdoers come forward to compensate the victims.
Survivors in order of priority include: parents, siblings, step kids, and in some situations can include grandparents. In some cases, the judge may appoint a conservator to hire a lawyer to sue for the survivors. Conservators are simply people who stand in the shoes of someone legally incompetent.
These representatives usually have the power of attorney. Consequently, they get approved and appointed by a probate judge. Once a verdict or settlement gets agreed upon, the proceeds get disbursed. Typically, money goes into a trust for a minor. But this in only until the young plaintiff finally reaches majority. Otherwise, such as a case of a demented senior, a court-supervised trustee delves out funds. But this gets done on an as needed basis – on behalf of their incompetent charge.
Ehline Law Firm PC has also litigated many very significant, high profile legal matters in other California cities as well, in the following scenarios:
- Aircraft Fatalities
- Automobile Deaths
- Bike Fatalities
- Boat Drownings
- Cruise Ship Man Overboard Deaths
- Dangerous Truck Fatalities
- Dog Bite Maulings
You heard right. If you don’t recover, we recover no attorney’s fee. But we won’t take on a case unless we believe there is merit. So the chances are good you will recover with us at the helm. We will go about trying to recover money with meticulous care and skill. Also, we do this for you while you go on living and rebuilding your life. The Grimm Reaper didn’t end your life. So we can help lessen your devastation left in his unexpected funeral wake.
We urge you to contact us. So even if your particular case doesn’t fall under any of these categories we can confide. Also, we are providing a free first consultation to discuss the matters with you. Naturally, we will guide you on everything that needs to get done from your side to resolve the issue. So get in touch with us right now. Why not get ready to receive compensation for the financial loss? Contrast this with doing nothing and sleeping on your rights.
Entitled you may to bring a claim on behalf of yourself or your loved ones. Let our California and Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorneys deal with your case. So call the accident hotline now at (888) 400-9721. Get valuable legal help and a consultation. Particularly crucial, this is the first step in recovering for the demise of your loved ones.