Do You Have a Wrongful Death Case?

Father hugging two kids and grieving, wrongful death attorney Frank PenneyIf you have suffered the sudden death of a loved one at the legal fault of another, you may have means for a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits are filed by the survivors of the deceased when death was the result of another party’s negligence or improper actions. Wrongful death cases can only be filed by the deceased party’s executor and the cases are usually handled by a personal injury lawyer.

You May Have a Wrongful Death Case

Any money awarded in the claim goes to the estate of the deceased and is distributed according to their will. Compensation may include reimbursement of medical expenses and funeral costs as well as damages awarded for emotional distress, lost wages, loss of companionship and financial support. In some cases punitive damages may be awarded if malice is provable. A malicious act causing wrongful death must be proven to be willful and reckless.

Negligent drivers and faulty vehicles cause thousands of accidents a year. Some of these cases may warrant a wrongful death lawsuit depending on whether or not the driver was negligent or reckless. Other common types of accidents that may lead to wrongful death include:

  • Defective Drugs
  • Defective Products
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Exposure to hazardous materials

File a Wrongful Death Case

When you are considering filing a wrongful death claim in California, Sacramento Wrongful Death Attorney Frank Penney recommends that you act fast. There is a statute of limitations in California that states that a claim must be filed within two years of when the accident occurred.

Wrongful death cases can be very emotionally driven and it can take a toll on the well being of you and your family. Learn more about how Sacramento wrongful death attorney Frank Penney https://www.penneylaw.com/personal-injury-lawyer/wrongful-death-attorneywill get your family the compensation they deserve.

Recent Blog Posts

  • classroom where a school accident might happen

    Can You Sue if Your Child Suffers Personal Injury at School?

    Laws about whether or not you can file a lawsuit against a school vary from state to state. In California you certainly can, but first you must file a Notice of Claim within six months of the date of injury. School districts are government entities and as such are protected by what is known as […]

    Read More
  • uber app

    New California Drunk Driving Law Restricts Uber & Lyft Drivers

    Commencing July 1, 2018, a California DUI law will go into effect making it illegal for drivers with a blood alcohol content level of .04 percent or higher to operate a vehicle that carries a passenger for hire. “Passenger for hire” is a legal definition meaning “a passenger for whom consideration is contributed as a […]

    Read More
  • police force in riot gear

    Wrongful Death by Police: Should You Take a Settlement?

    For at least the last few years, anyone tuned into national news is aware of what seems a wave of police brutality and cases of wrongful death by police shooting working through the newspapers and courts. The Los Angeles Police Department reported that 2017 was a record year for settlement payments, at nearly $81 million (not […]

    Read More
  • Sacramento Office
  • 333 University Avenue, Suite 200
  • Sacramento, CA
  • (916) 756-0772
  • Roseville Office
  • 1544 Eureka Road, Suite 120
  • Roseville, CA
  • (916) 788-1960
  • Oakland Office
  • 1300 Clay St, Suite 600
  • Oakland, CA
  • (510) 962-4610

© 2018 Penney Law, Serving the Areas of Sacramento, Roseville, Fairfield, Modesto, Stockton & Oakland California