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Falling Tree Accident Kills Elderly Man at Yuba City

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February 06, 2024
Edward Smith

Man Killed in Falling Tree Accident on Tres Picos Drive

A falling tree accident at Yuba City on February 4 killed a man, age 82, when a large redwood fell on him. The tragedy occurred sometime before 7:00 p.m. at Tres Picos Drive when the Yuba City Police Department received a call from one of the man’s neighbors. Upon arrival, they discovered the man, David Gomes, under the tree in his backyard. 

Neighbor Contacts Police in Falling Tree Accident

A lieutenant with the police department said the man might have been on a ladder and was attempting to clear the tree away from his home. A neighbor who called said they heard the tree fall at about 5:00 p.m. and went over to the house and found the deceased man. Although first responders attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the man was unable to be revived. 

California Falling Trees and Accident Liability

Determining liability can be complex in an accident involving a fallen tree that causes property damage or personal injury. Typically, the responsibility falls on the tree owner, a private individual, a business, or a governmental entity. However, liability depends on the degree of care the owner is reasonably expected to exercise. If the owner contracted the maintenance with a professional tree care company, they may be liable if the tree falls, kills, or injures someone.

How a Tree Accident Lawyer Can Help You Recover Compensation

An injury lawyer plays a vital role in navigating the intricacies of liability and compensation after a falling tree accident. They bring expertise in personal injury and property damage law, particularly in the context of arboreal accidents. 

Insurance Company Tactics

One tactic insurance companies use to deny a claim is that they say a falling tree accident was an act of God. In other words, weather conditions were the cause. However, our tree accident lawyers can help determine whether negligence played a part in the incident and can gather the necessary evidence to support this claim. By analyzing legal precedents, reviewing property owner’s maintenance records, and enlisting arborists’ expertise, we can build a strong case for our clients. 

Our tree accident lawyers are adept at negotiating with insurance companies to work hard to see that the deceased’s family receives just compensation for their losses. Representation is invaluable in court proceedings and out-of-court settlements, where we strive to achieve a fair resolution. Over the years, we have successfully handled many cases involving injuries and fatalities caused by falling trees and obtained the compensation our clients deserve.

In this video, accident attorney Ed Smith explains wrongful death lawsuits:


California Tree Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith. I am a California tree accident lawyer. Compensation may be available if you or a loved one is injured or killed by a falling limb or tree. If you need free, friendly advice, please call (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. You can also reach us through our online form if that is more convenient for you. We can arrange for you to meet with one of our accident lawyers in person or online. We will review your case, answer your questions, and discuss your compensation options during your consultation.

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