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Wrongful death cases are particularly difficult to prove because all deaths feel wrong. Legally, however, “wrongful death” is only wrong if it is caused by the negligence or intentional actions of another. In the state of California, a loved one may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If the plaintiff can prove that the death of their loved one was due to the negligence of another, they may be able to recover financial compensation for economic losses. 

This type of lawsuit is handled in civil court regardless of whether it is also being examined in criminal court. If one of your loved ones has been killed and you believe it is because of the negligence of another, you may have a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact the professionals at West Coast Trial Lawyers for a free evaluation of your case.   

Common Wrongful Death Cases In California

  • Car Accidents and Wrongful Death. 
    • Car crashes rank the highest in wrongful death and personal injury claims for age groups between 5-34
  • Truck Accidents and Wrongful Death.
    • California averages about 250 truck accident fatalities per year. 
    • 40% of fatalities included drivers without seat belts 
    • Fatal accidents that involved trucks rose by 16% in 2017
    • Firearm Deaths.
    • There have been 3,184 wrongful deaths due to firearms in 2017
  • Homicide.
    • There have been 2,022 wrongful deaths due to homicide in 2017 
  • Drug Overdose Deaths. 
    • There have been over 4,868 wrongful deaths due to drug overdose in 2017 
  • Bike Injuries and Death. 
    • California was ranked as the state with the highest amount of bike deaths in 2012. Between 2007 and 2012, about 834 cyclists died
    • In 1997, 13,700 cyclists suffered preventable head injuries
    • In 2014, 4,416 cyclists were killed or injured in bike accidents
    • In 2017, 782 people were killed
    • An average of 139 bicyclists die every year
    • 98% of cyclists death involve a motor vehicle 
    • In California, cyclist deaths makeup 4% of all the auto accidents in the state. This is twice the national average, making California the first in the nation for cyclist death
    • From 2010-2012, six states made up 54% of the nation’s bicyclist deaths, while California was the highest of them all 
  • Slip and Fall Deaths. 
    • In the United States, there are about 25,000 deaths related to slip and fall accidents 
  • Deaths by Poisoning. 
    • An approximate 30,000 deaths happened in the United States due to poisoning    
  • Motorcycle Death
    • Represent about 4% of the registered vehicles in California 
    • Accounts for 16% of road deaths

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. 

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss  of Enjoyment of Life
  • Other Non-Economic Damanges

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Serves The Loved Ones Of Wrongful Death Victims In Los Angeles and the Surrounding Areas

Loved ones who survive victims of wrong death accidents are subject to costly repairs, bodily damage, and mental anguish. We at West Coast Trial Lawyers understand how stressful these situations can be and we handle each case with the individual attention and compassion you deserve. Our experienced dog bite lawyers will make it a top priority in making sure that you have a satisfactory end result with your settlement. We will help you recover financial and emotional damages that you have suffered because of the accident. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, property damage, and pain and suffering. 

There are no financial risks when you use our services. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. No fees are charged until your case has been settled. Reach out to our friendly personal injury lawyers 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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