Wrongful Death Attorneys – San Diego, CA
San Diego Wrongful Death Attorneys
Anytime someone passes away unexpectedly it’s tragic. However, when someone else’s negligence causes a person to die before his or her time, it can make the already horrific death even more stressful.
No one wants to deal with lawyers, courts, and insurance companies while grieving the loss of a loved ones. But, in instances where an individual dies because of the negligence or reckless conduct of others, negligent parties simply must be held accountable. Trustworthy attorneys can actually help families focus on the grieving process, while the lawyers focus on helping the surviving family members recover monetary damages and other relief that a civil court may allow.
At Buche & Associates P.C., we understand that no amount of money will ever equate to the life of your loved one. However, we also understand that filing a wrongful death claim is the best mechanism available in our civil justice system to make negligent people pay for their wrongdoings.
If you had a loved one whose death was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need a wrongful death lawyer who’s compassionate, caring, and experienced. The lawyers at Buche & Associates P.C. can help you. Schedule your free consultation today.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Wrongful death lawsuits stem from the death of a loved one that’s caused by someone else’s negligence. For example, if your loved one was killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, the driver was the negligent party. He or she would be responsible for your loved one’s death, and because driving drunk is completely avoidable, it was his or her negligence that caused the fatal accident — or wrongful death.
San Diego wrongful death attorneys are personal injury lawyers that handle fatal accidents. They represent the victim’s family, beneficiaries, and heirs to ensure they receive the compensation needed to get through this incredibly trying time.
If you’re ready to explore your options, schedule a free consultation with Buche & Associates today.
What Is the Statute of Limitations For Wrongful Death Claims in California?
When it comes to wrongful death cases, each state has its own statutes and laws to abide by. California law requires wrongful death claims to be filed within two years of the victim’s death. However, it’s important to note that only certain people can file a wrongful death claim.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
Wrongful death claims can’t be filed by anyone and everyone who knew the deceased — only certain people in the victim’s life have a right to file a claim and receive monetary damages on his or her behalf for the loss suffered due to their loved one’s accidental death.
You have the right to file a wrongful death claim in San Diego, California if you’re the victim’s:
- Surviving spouse
- Domestic partner
- Surviving children
If the victim doesn’t have any surviving people in his or her line of decent, a wrongful death lawsuit can then be started on the behalf of anyone who “would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.” This might include the victim’s parents, siblings, or other family members. However, these rights depend on who in the victim’s family is alive at the time the fatal accident occurred, so it’s best to contact a wrongful death attorney to determine if you have the right to file a claim.
If you were financially dependent on the victim, you may also be allowed to file a wrongful death claim in California, as long as you meet other requirements. People financially dependent on the victim who may have the right to file a wrongful death claim may include:
- The deceased person’s punitive spouse and children of the punitive spouse
- The deceased individual’s stepchildren
- The victim’s parents
Like with other personal injury claims, wrongful death claims are complicated. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced wrongful death attorney on your side throughout the process. When you’re ready to explore your legal options, book a free consultation with Buche & Associates P.C..
What Damages Are Available in a San Diego Wrongful Death Claim?
In California, the type of damages awarded in wrongful death cases is typically a combination of several personal injury damages. The specific amount awarded depend on each individual case, and damages are divided between the deceased’s estate and surviving family members.
Damages typically awarded to the victim’s estate include:
- The cost of medical and hospital bills for the deceased individual’s final injury or illness
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost income, including any potential lost income the deceased individual would have been expected to earn if he or she continued to live
Damages typically awarded to the deceased’s surviving family members include:
- The value of household services
- Loss of anticipated financial support
- Loss of love, attention, community, affection, guidance, and moral support
Finding the Right San Diego Wrongful Death Attorney and Why It’s Important
The lawyer you choose to help you throughout the wrongful death claims process can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. There are many avenues to helping the victim’s family members seek a settlement they rightfully deserve. To maximize your results, you need a lawyer who’s ready and willing to help you evaluate and prepare your case. It’s also important to find a lawyer who can help you seek compensation outside of the courtroom if possible and pursue litigation if needed.
Ultimately, you need a wrongful death attorney who understands that these types of claims are about more than money. You need someone who is compassionate and ready to walk you through the entire process without adding any additional stress to your life.
If you’re wanting to explore options about a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one, schedule a free consultation with Buche & Associates P.C..
What Does It Cost to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The cost of filing a wrongful death claim varies between lawyers. However, when you choose Buche & Associates to handle your wrongful death claim, you don’t have to worry about paying any costs upfront.
We offer free consultations to anyone who believes they might be able to file a wrongful death claim. During this consultation, our lawyers gather information about your case and your relationship to the victim to determine if you have the right to file a claim.
If, under California law, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim, we handle your case on a contingency basis. This means you don’t pay us a dime unless we reach a settlement for you. Our fees come out of your settlement so that you don’t have any out-of-pocket expenses to worry about while you’re still grieving the loss of your loved one. If we can’t win your case with a judgment or reach a settlement for some reason, you don’t owe us any money at all.
Experienced San Diego Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you’re serious about filing a wrongful death claim, you need a lawyer who has the experience needed to go up against big corporations for you. Insurance companies have all kinds of resources at their disposal, but Buche & Associates P.C. is a full-service law firm. Our lawyers practice various areas of law, and because of that, we have plenty of resources at our disposal too. We are experienced doing battle with the best attorneys, and the biggest law firms, from all across the country. Our attorneys are experienced with complex litigation, and large damages claims. Unlike many other firms, our attorneys also all have advanced technical academic backgrounds that help us decipher technological matters that come up in modern cases about injuries and causation—whether those issues involve human physiology, biomechanics, physics or chemistry.
Our wrongful death lawyers can help you establish your case, create a solid plan for going forward with your case, and either win at trial or negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. We understand that you and your family are grieving and we don’t want to add any stress to your plate. So we do our best only to take on cases we know we can win. The last thing we want to do is drag you through the claims process without getting you results.
If you’re ready to start the wrongful death claims process, contact Buche & Associates P.C. for your free consultation today.
San Diego Wrongful Death Lawyers Who Care About You
At Buche & Associates P.C., we understand that our clients are going through a very trying time. We do everything in our power to support each of our clients. Our lawyers work hard to help you establish negligence in your case and walk you through the entire process.
When you hire Buche & Associates P.C. to handle your wrongful death claim, you’re hiring a lawyer that cares about you and your family. Our lawyers work hard to secure you the highest possible recovery, whether that comes through a jury verdict, or a reasonable settlement. When you’re ready to have a conversation about your rights, contact us here schedule your free consultation. You can call our San Diego office at 858-459-9111, or Houston, Texas office at 713-589-2214.
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