Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one unexpectedly is a horrible thing to go through, and regardless of the circumstances surrounding the incident that lead to their death, we understand how stressful and traumatic it can be trying to pick up the pieces and move forward. 

The Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel has experience representing surviving family members in Oakland, and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, in wrongful death cases. If you have lost a loved one, our experienced wrongful death attorneys can help you hold those who are responsible for your loss accountable. We will fight for you to gain relief from the financial stress that often accompanies a death in the family. 

California’s Wrongful Death Act

California’s Wrongful Death Act allows surviving family members to bring an action against the party or parties whose negligence or wrongful acts caused the death of a loved one. Under this state law, family members qualified to bring an action include:

  • Surviving spouses (including presumed spouses)
  • Domestic partners
  • Children (including stepchildren)
  • Grandchildren
  • Minors and dependants
  • Heirs by intestate succession if no other relatives survive

In addition to dealing with the emotional trauma of losing a loved one, family members often face financial hardships due to the decedent’s medical costs, funeral expenses, as well as lost income and health care benefits. At the Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel, we will work tirelessly to obtain the maximum financial compensation to which surviving family members are entitled.

Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Case

In California, a wrongful death lawsuit is intended to pursue compensation for surviving family members to cover damages incurred as a result of the loss of their family member. Damages suffered by the injured victim before their death, such as their medical bills, can only be recovered by a representative of the deceased’s estate in a separate "survival action."

Surviving family members are eligible to recover two types of damages: economic and non-economic damages. 

Economic Damages May Include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost pensions, retirement, gifts, or other benefits
  • The reasonable value of household services
  • Loss of future earnings the deceased would have provided for the surviving family members

Non-Economic Damages May Include:

  • Loss of companionship, love, comfort, care, protection, and moral support
  • Loss of guidance for children
  • Mental anguish and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

Wrongful Death Statutes of Limitations

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or reckless act of another, you should seek legal representation and guidance without delay. California’s statute of limitations states that you have two years from the date of your loved one's death to file a wrongful death claim, which is why you shouldn’t wait to take the necessary steps to file your claim against the responsible party. 

Reliable Representation in the San Francisco Bay Area

We understand that no amount of money can bring back a loved one or right the wrong of such unexpected loss, but it can help to take the additional stress out of the situation and allow you to focus on recovering from your grief. We have the skills and experience to help you with every aspect of your wrongful death case and increase your chances of a favorable outcome.

Wrongful Death Attorney in San Francisco, California

San Francisco Bay Area attorney Baron Drexel has the experience to represent families in wrongful death cases, and works on a contingency basis, meaning you pay no legal fees unless he successfully obtains compensation on your behalf. For a free consultation to discuss your claim, contact the Law Offices of Baron J. Drexel today.