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Burlingame, CA Wrongful Death Attorney

Fatal Wreck

Legal Expertise Serving Families of Wrongful Death Victims in the San Fransisco Bay Area 

When a family member dies it is very emotional no matter what the circumstances. But when your loved one is taken away because of someone else's negligence there is a bitterness and difficulty to cope. Having counseled the loved ones of many such victims the one analogy which is unfortunately true is that it leaves a hole in your heart which will never be filled. While taking legal action will not bring your loved one back to you, it can hold accountable those who are responsible for your loss. Admittedly there is always an emotional conflict between wanting closure and pursuing a legal claim. But putting the loss behind you is not worth letting the wrongdoer get away with their negligence. You do not want to look back and think you should have done something only to realize that it was too late.

A wrongful death is a loss which will never be made whole. It can have a huge impact on people's lives. But when a legal action is successful there can be a feeling of satisfaction even though the loved one is lost forever. It is an emotional process and you need a wrongful death attorney like Mr. Shapiro who will not only be able to determine whether there is a case worth pursuing based on the merits but will also be sensitive to how difficult it is to go through the process. At Shapiro Legal Group, Mr. Shapiro understands the delicacy of wrongful death suits and we will try to resolve the wrongful death claim in a tactful manner. 

Who Can Bring a Case and What are the Damages?

Criminal law and civil law serve different purposes. While some actions result in both types of cases, wrongful death lawsuits serve an important role in holding wrongdoers accountable and compensating the heirs, especially in cases of negligence that do not rise to criminal conduct. Whether the criminal justice system takes action or not, which will depend on the specifics of the case, the civil justice system serves to compensate the heirs for the very real, tangible loss felt to the family. 

A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by the heirs of a person who is killed because of the negligence of another person or a company. The law has strict statutes which determine which heirs, or relatives, have the right to bring an action and which family members do not. In all such circumstances, it is best if the members of the deceased family work together and hire a single attorney as all eligible heirs must be included in any necessary legal action. Every case is unique and we have specific experience dealing with all types of families. Some families are very close and everyone gets along. For other families, this is not the case. Mr. Shapiro has experience in working with all eligible heirs in a respectful manner so that everyone's legal interest is fairly protected and any internal difficulties do not interfere with the overall objective of compensating the loss and holding the tortfeasor accountable.

The recoverable damages will depend on the relationship between the decedent and the heirs. There may be economic damages such as loss of earnings and funeral expenses. There can also be economic damages for the estate of the deceased to cover outstanding medical expenses for care prior to the death. There will always be noneconomic damages for the loss of the relationships between the deceased and the heirs. For damages, it is important to gather evidence which will allow the deceased to be "brought back to life" in the courtroom. Videos, photographs, messages, cards, and even phone records, should all be saved so they can be reviewed.

If you suspect someone you loved was the victim of a wrongful death, please take the time to contact Mr. Shapiro to have your specific facts reviewed. Losing a loved one is a difficult thing to go through, but being in the hands of an experienced and compassionate wrongful death attorney is the best thing you can do. Call us today at 650-274-0180 or fill out the online form for a free consultation to discuss your case with Mr. Shapiro.



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