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The victims of a wrongful death extend out much further than just the person who died. Indeed, the family members and close relatives are also victims. We believe that, in many cases, the family members deserve compensation for their loved one’s death. The law agrees with us: The California Wrongful Death Statutes and Survivor Statutes states that if the death was the result of recklessness, criminal conduct, improper conduct, negligence, or the inaction of another person, the survivors should receive monetary damages.

All wrongful death cases are unique and they are very hard for the survivors to go through, and our San Bernardino wrongful death lawyers are committed to being with you every step of the way. Since the late 1970s, our law firm has been successfully representing survivors and helping them with the legal process. Wrongful deaths happen every day in this country as a result of an endless list of injuries, situations, and accidents. Contact our firm today to schedule a free case consultation.

What Are Common Wrongful Death Lawsuits in San Bernardino?

Coping emotionally and financially with the death of a loved one is very challenging. A wrongful death claim causes the whole matter to become more exhausting and complex. We want to ease your burden. Let an experienced and ethical San Bernardino wrongful death attorney from DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo take your side.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer for a Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death claims in San Bernardino can be complex. This is particularly true for individuals who are grieving the loss of their loved one and usually do not have much legal experience. It is crucial to work with an attorney who has experience handling wrongful death insurance claims and the civil lawsuit process.

A wrongful death attorney will be able to use their resources to conduct a complete investigation into the incident in order to uncover any evidence needed to prove what happened. The process of investigation and then the following negotiations can be costly and time-consuming, but an attorney will handle all of these expenses and vigorously negotiate or cover fair compensation for their client.

Importantly, an attorney will fully prepare the claim for trial. Being ready to take a wrongful death claim in San Bernardino all the way to trial sends a signal to the other parties that you and your legal team will not back down and will go all the way to ensure justice, closure, and compensation is secured.

Our California Accident Attorneys Are On Your Side

Regardless of how the wrongful death happened, the passing of a loved one and family member is heartbreaking. We are sure that the last thing you want to worry about is dealing with the legal system. But, you do have legal rights and you should be compensated for your loss. We are here to make sure your rights are protected. DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo’s San Bernardino wrongful death lawyers have been advising, supporting, and winning monetary damages for the grieving survivors for over three decades.

Who Can File a San Bernardino Wrongful Death Claim?

The laws are specific: The California Wrongful Death Statute and Survivor Statute express that a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by the survivors of the deceased family member. The San Bernardino, California injury law firm of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo has been standing by the side of the grieving families and winning for them maximum recovery since 1970.

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The survivors who are eligible by law to bring the suit for wrongful death are the surviving spouse, the children, and the surviving children of any deceased children of the victim. They can file together separately but most families will come together to file jointly. If the wrongful death victim does not have any available relatives who are part of their direct family as listed above, then the victim’s parents, siblings, children of siblings, and then their lineal descendants may have a right to bring the wrongful death lawsuit. You can discuss your personal situation with our law firm to see how your case would move forward.

How Can I Go About Maximizing Compensation?

The San Bernardino wrongful death lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo will use its solid, longstanding, and ethical reputation throughout the California legal community to the fullest to maximize the compensation you or your family is due. Eligible survivors could get monetary compensation for the following reasons:

  1. Medical bills that are a result of the victim’s injuries and procedures;
  2. The future financial support you and/or the family would have received if not for the victim’s wrongful death;
  3. Burial expenses;
  4. The loss of “care, comfort and society” which includes monetary compensation for your loss of companionship, moral support, consolation, love, solace, affection, and (if a spouse is a claimant) consortium; and
  5. The monetary value of the assistance and chores for the household that your loved one would have provided.

Time Limit for Filing a Wrongful Death Case

Wrongful death claims must be filed on time. This includes abiding by any deadlines put forth by the insurance carriers involved in the claim and also being cognizant of the overall California wrongful death statute for limitations which is two years from the date of death. Any family or personal representative of the deceased who fails to file a lawsuit within this two-year time frame will forfeit their ability to recover compensation for the loss of their loved one.

However, there are some exceptions to this overall statute of limitations:

  • Minors. If a minor is filing a claim for the loss of a parent or guardian, they have up to two years after their 18th birthday to file the case in civil court.
  • Medical malpractice. In the event the death was caused by the negligent actions of a medical professional, there are two separate deadlines that individuals need to be aware of. The claim must be filed within the shorter of these two timeframes:
    • One year after discovering that the death was caused by medical malpractice, or
    • Three years from the date of death
  • Government entities. If the loss of life occurred as a result of a government entity or a government employee in California, there is a shortened deadline. These claims must be filed with the government entity responsible within six months from the date of death.

How Do You Afford a Wrongful Death Attorney in San Bernardino?

Paying for a wrongful death attorney in San Bernardino can seem like an impossible challenge, but that is not the case. We are proud to take these claims on a contingency fee basis, and this means a few things for family members. First, you will not have to worry about paying any upfront costs or any ongoing costs while your case is proceeding forward. Additionally, you will not owe any legal fees until after we successfully recover the compensation you are entitled to. If we do not win your case, your family will not have to pay us any legal fees.

Contact Our San Bernardino Law Firm for a Free Consultation

Every person or family who contacts us will be given an initial case consultation for free. The meeting will be with a skilled accident attorney who will discuss your concerns, answer all of your questions and assist you in preparing for the wrongful death claim. Throughout your case, you will not incur any legal fees or costs for the firm’s assistance and time until we win your wrongful death case and maximize the compensation. We work on a contingency basis like this to help people have fair access to quality legal help and to help families during this tough time.

The wrongful death attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo are available to meet you and your family at our office, your hospital room, or your home Monday through Friday from 8:30 in the morning to 5:30 at night. Our attorneys and staff are also available any other time you need us, including evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays (by appointment only).

If you are unable to come to us, our injury attorneys will come to you. The wrongful death attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, San Bernardino will meet you and/or your family in the comfort of your house or immediately at the hospital. Call us, day or night, to discuss your case or to schedule your initial consultation.

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