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Losing a beloved family member is an incredibly hard experience. However, when the death is preventable, the grief and turmoil become even more confusing and complex. It’s during this time that you need to reach out and seek legal counsel and advice.

At TopDog Law Personal Injury Lawyers, our California wrongful death attorneys are committed to helping families receive justice and compensation for an untimely loss.

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Your Guide to Wrongful Death Cases in California

Let Our California Wrongful Death Lawyers Seek Justice
and Fair Compensation After a Devastating Loss 

Right now, you may be experiencing profound emotional pain. Perhaps you’re burdened with uncovered medical expenses and suffer hardship because of a loss of income and support. At this point, you need to learn more about your legal rights.

Reach out to a personal injury lawyer in California at TopDog Law Personal Injury Lawyers in California right now for a free consultation and case review. The statute of limitations runs out after two years in California, so the time to act is now.

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Where Do You Turn When You Loved One Dies Unfairly?  

Again, the experienced California wrongful death attorneys at TopDog Law Personal Injury Lawyers fully understand the challenges our clients face after a tragic, preventable death.

We represent families in their fight for accountability, justice, and due compensation after accidents resulting from safety failures, violence, medical malpractice, car crashes, and similar incidents. With our dedicated legal guidance, clients can pursue the truth of what happened to their loved ones while focusing on healing and recovery.

Where You Can Find TopDog Law’s California Wrongful Death Lawyers

You can find TopDog Law Personal Injury Lawyers in California at 8124 W 3rd St, Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA 90048. We are located east of Beverly Grove and The Grove shopping strip and south of Television City. Call us anytime at (323) 922-5650. We’re always here to schedule a time for a free consultation and case review.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Sue for Wrongful Death Compensation?

California’s wrongful death laws and legal system are complicated. So, if you try to handle a case on your own, you’ll have a difficult time if you go through the process yourself.

An attorney can support your efforts by:

  • Meeting strict filing deadlines and procedural rules 
  • Filling out complicated legal forms  
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses and retaining qualified expert witnesses
  • Gathering supporting evidence like medical records and incident reports
  • Determining all responsible parties in your wrongful death claim 
  • Calculating and proving all classifications of financial damages  
  • Skillfully negotiating fair settlements with insurance companies or taking cases to court
  • Applying the laws of negligence, liability, the statutes of limitations, and allowable compensation

Top Dog Law Personal Injury Lawyers know the state laws so we can build a strong wrongful death or personal injury claim. With a trusted lawyer, you can feel confident you’ll secure the maximum compensation you need and deserve.

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Compassionate Support and Dedicated Representation When You Need It Most

Losing someone you love is utterly life-shattering. Therefore, the attorneys and staff at Top Dog Law Personal Injury Lawyers extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to you and your family.

We know the anguish you feel can’t disappear overnight, but securing justice can make the healing journey less traumatizing and hurtful. With our caring counsel supporting you, you won’t have to face this troubling time alone.

How We Can Help You

Our skilled California wrongful death lawyers can employ a variety of tactics and seek different potential insurance coverages to maximize payouts for clients. Let’s look at some of the ways we do this.

Strategies for Maximizing Wrongful Death Payouts

  • Thoroughly investigate liability and damages to build an ironclad case 
  • Bring in multiple medical and financial experts to substantiate claims
  • Calculate lifetime earnings and benefits the deceased would have received
  • Demand punitive damages from defendants and insurers if gross negligence caused the death  
  • File liens against an estate or assets the defendant may have
  • Litigate aggressively through discovery and pretrial motions 
  • Develop a reputation for going to trial, putting pressure on insurance companies 

Potential Insurance Sources for Wrongful Death Claims

  • The defendant’s commercial general liability insurance – covers liability accidents involving businesses
  • Homeowners or renters insurance of a defendant 
  • Auto liability insurance policies after vehicle-related deaths  
  • Medical professional liability coverage in cases of medical negligence
  • Life insurance, workers compensation, or ERISA policies of the deceased 
  • Underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage 

By reviewing all available coverage options and skillfully negotiating with adjusters, we can fight for the maximum settlement or court award.

How We’ll Support Your Claim for Damages

At TopDogLaw Personal Injury Lawyers, we’re fully committed to helping our clients receive the damages they’re entitled to in wrongful death cases.

Types of Damages for Wrongful Death in California

Economic Damages. This type of compensation aims to cover losses directly resulting from a wrongful death.

Damages include:

  • Support that the deceased would have provided to their family if they had lived
  • Benefits like insurance, retirement funds, or investment income that are no longer accessible
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical costs related to the accident leading to death

Non-Economic Damages. This category addresses losses often referred to as noneconomic losses, such as:

  • Loss of companionship, love, affection, care, protection, advice, or guidance that the deceased would have provided
  • Loss of intimate relations or consortium
  • Emotional pain, grief, sorrow, distress experienced by surviving family members, or a diminished enjoyment of life

Punitive Damages. In cases where the defendant’s behavior leading to death is deemed reckless or egregious by the court, the court may punish them by awarding you additional punitive damages.

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The specific amount of compensation for damages for wrongful death varies – based on factors such as the age of the deceased, their income level, family size, and the circumstances surrounding their death.

Wrongful death claimants include the surviving spouse or domestic partner or children or minor children who were dependent on the decedent for half or more financial support when they were alive.

The larger part of a settlement for wrongful death goes to the surviving spouse and/or children, and the remainder is divided equally among the other parties.

Calculate Precise Actual Losses – We will retain financial experts to produce ironclad economic projections of all lost income, benefits, services, and support your family has suffered. Detailed actuarial data leaves less room for insurers to undermine losses.

Maximize Non-Economic Damages – Adjusters often minimize intangible damages. Our lawyers will gather wrenching testimony and evidence that conveys the real emotional devastation to demand higher payouts.

Litigate Aggressively – We are fully ready to take cases to civil court when offers are unsatisfactory, a strategy we leverage during settlement talks. Our record of litigation success puts pressure on insurers.

Our wrongful death lawyers have the advocacy skills and resources to stand up to corporate interests and fight for what your family deserves. With us by your side, you can focus on healing while we handle the legal fight.

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