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Stages of Grief after the Sudden Death of a Loved One

Stages of Grief after the Sudden Death of a Loved One

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. A sudden death of a loved one can be one of the most shocking and traumatic experiences to go through. If someone you love died suddenly, it’s likely you will face several different stages of emotional grief.

Coping with the Loss of a Child

Coping with the Loss of a Child
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death attorney. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and something a parent is never prepared for: the loss of a child. Parents are not supposed to bury their children. The pain is great no matter what age your child was when he or she passed. Dealing with the emotional trauma of this type of loss can be sudden and profound.


Pedestrian Dies on Interstate 5 After Being Hit by Multiple Vehicles 

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento pedestrian accident lawyer. An accident in Sacramento along Interstate 5 on October 16 claimed the life of a pedestrian as he attempted to cross the highway and was struck by multiple vehicles. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is encouraging anyone who knows anything regarding this tragic fatality to call.

Midtown Fatal Crash
Midtown Fatal Crash

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento auto accident attorney. On Sunday, November 27, 2016 a woman from Wilton, a location in the greater Sacramento metropolitan area, lost her life due to injuries sustained in a car crash that occurred on Thanksgiving Day.

Some injury claims occur when a motorist or passenger is injured due to a lack of roadside maintenance. In situations where failure to properly maintain the trees or vegetative growth on or near a highway results in injury or death, a claim can be pursued against the state or a local responsible governmental agency (either city or county.)

State and local government officials have provided roads and highways and find themselves responsible for not only the actual maintenance of the road but also must provide roadside maintenance to trees, shrubbery or vegetation growing along the roadway.  However, just because a car strikes a tree, it does not automatically mean the State or local governmental agency is responsible.  What factors are involved in roadside maintenance claims?

In common law jurisdictions — and this includes all states of the United States except Louisiana — a wrongful death claim is a type of claim that can be brought against against a person or persons who are liable for the death of an individual. This claim is a type of civil action, although there may also be a related criminal action if the death resulted from a crime. The claim is ordinarily brought by the close relatives of the person who died, who is known as the “decedent.” The specific persons who can bring a wrongful death claim varies from state to state. In most states, wrongful death claims and the list of relatives who are entitled to bring them are specified in statutes. In California, this includes sections 377.60 to 377.62 of the Code of Civil Procedure, which specify that claims may be brought generally by the spouse, domestic partner, and children of the deceased person, as well as certain other relatives and dependents.

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Waiving a Survival Action in California
In California, if someone is suddenly killed by the wrongful act of another, there are typically two actions that the heirs or the estate can bring. One action is called a Wrongful Death Action. The other is called a Survival Action.

What is a Wrongful Death Action?

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