Wrongful Death Cases in Napa
I’m Ed Smith, a Napa wrongful death lawyer. Deadly collisions are often devastating and can be extremely difficult for those who lose a loved one. Sadly, Napa is no stranger to fatal car accidents. According to information from UC Berkeley, Napa County has seen more than 100 fatal car accidents over the last decade. As recently as last month, a fatal crash took place along a rural Napa roadway and left one man from Vallejo with injuries that cost him his life. Not long before this crash, a Sacramento woman was killed in northern Napa on Highway 128 after the driver of the vehicle she was riding in drifted off of the road and struck a tree.
What is Wrongful Death?
When a person suddenly loses their life, the people they leave behind usually face severe emotional hardships. On top of this, families who have lost somebody often struggle with finances due to a loss of income, medical bills, or other expenses related to their loved one’s death. However, when fatal accidents are caused by negligent parties such as careless drivers, families are usually able to claim repayments for their losses.
These damages can be recovered through what is referred to as a “wrongful death claim.” This type of claim seeks to ensure that grieving family members and dependents of people killed in avoidable accidents have financial security and some peace of mind while they are mourning.
Watch YouTube Video: What Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?
The following video discusses the variety of damages for which you can recover in a wrongful death claim.
What Damages Can Be Recovered?
Two main types of damages can be recovered in a case of wrongful death. These two types are economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are easy to quantify and relate to specific costs such as medical bills incurred before a person’s death, funeral expenses, and lost income.
Non-economic damages can be more difficult to assess. Since these damages represent losses related to a person’s emotional well-being and quality of life, it is often hard to say how much money they are worth. Disagreements on the value of non-economic damages may even need to be decided on by a jury if an agreeable settlement cannot be reached. These damages include losses like losing the companionship of a spouse, the emotional support and guidance of a parent, or emotional trauma suffered from the sudden shock of a loved one’s untimely death.
How a Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help
A fatal accident can turn your world upside-down. Many who have lost someone they love often find it very hard to return to normal daily life, and the extra work of pursuing wrongful death payments can often seem far-off. However, responsible parties usually begin defending themselves from legal responsibility immediately. In order to prevent these parties from disclaiming responsibility for the death of your loved one, retaining an attorney as soon as you can is vital.
Not only will an attorney conduct their own investigations into the accident, but they will also take care of all of the details of your case. An experienced Napa wrongful death attorney can make sure that your case is prepared, negotiated, and argued in a way that ensures you receive fair compensation for your loved one’s unfortunate demise.
Napa Wrongful Death Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Napa wrongful death lawyer. If a fatal accident has affected your family, get in touch with me to receive compassionate, free, and friendly advice about your potential options. You may contact me at (707) 564-1900 locally or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.
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