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San Mateo Wrongful Death Lawyer

When someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or other wrongful conduct results in a fatality, that fatality is known under the law as a “wrongful death.” If you recently lost someone close to you in any type of accident or incident, contact us at Danko Meredith Trial Lawyers. Our San Mateo wrongful death attorneys can help you and your family seek justice and fair compensation.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our lawyers succeed because they work tirelessly to uncover the truth, as well as to find evidence that will demonstrate that truth to a judge or jury.
  • Our lawyers are passionate about holding negligent and wrongful parties accountable for their actions.
  • Our attorneys have a reputation for taking cases to trial and winning. Our reputation will often encourage defendants to offer higher settlements.
  • Our law firm charges attorney’s fees only if the lawyer wins the case. We work on a contingency fee basis.

When to Speak to an Attorney

The negligence or wrongful conduct of another can cause many different types of injuries. When the injuries are fatal, the resulting wrongful death can devastate a family. A wrongful death lawyer can help the family navigate the aftermath, and empower the family to hold the responsible party accountable.  In most cases, claims must be brought within California’s two year deadline. But depending on the situation, the deadlines might be shorter. For example, if a governmental entity was involved, claims must be filed within a 6 month deadline. Your attorney will determine and comply with the deadlines involved in the wrongful death claims process while family members focus on each other.

Wrongful Death Laws in California

Each state’s wrongful death law is unique. Only certain parties have the right to bring a wrongful death claim. In California, they may include:

  • Surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • Surviving children
  • Those entitled to inherit the deceased person’s property
  • The personal representative of the deceased’s estate

If financially dependent on the decedent, then the surviving parents, a putative spouse, children of the putative spouse, and stepchildren may also bring a claim.

Others may also qualify.  Contact us about your particular situation.

Damages Available

Damages refer to the parts of the family’s loss that the family members are entitled to recover from the one responsible for the wrongful death. The damages available in a wrongful death claim differ from a standard personal injury lawsuit. They include:

  • Medical expenses leading up to the death
  • The income the decedent would likely have earned for the family had he or she lived
  • The monetary value of the decedent’s household services
  • Monetary compensation for the loss of the decedent’s love, community, attention, moral support, guidance and affection
  • Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages

Contact Us Today

If you believe you have grounds for a wrongful death claim, contact our San Mateo County law firm. We will meet with you for a free consultation at our Peninsula law office.