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Wrongful Death

Modesto Wrongful Death Lawyer

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable in California

At the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis, we know that losing a loved one is an emotional and challenging experience. The pain can be even more profound when that loss results from someone else's negligence or wrongful actions. Our team is here to provide compassionate and skilled representation to those seeking justice in the face of a wrongful death.

Call the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis today at (209) 528-0404 or contact us online to meet with our wrongful death attorney in Modesto!

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases stem from various circumstances, each representing a tragic intersection of negligence and loss. Understanding the common causes can shed light on the potential grounds for a wrongful death claim:

  • Medical Malpractice: Errors made by healthcare professionals can lead to fatal consequences. Misdiagnoses, surgical mistakes, or medication errors are examples of medical malpractice that may result in wrongful death.
  • Car Accidents: Negligent or reckless driving often leads to fatal collisions. Whether it's a drunk driver, a distracted driver, or someone violating traffic laws, the consequences can be devastating.
  • Product Liability: Defective products, from faulty machinery to unsafe medications, can lead to fatal accidents. Manufacturers and distributors may be held accountable for such instances.
  • Workplace Accidents: Hazardous work environments or inadequate safety measures can result in fatal accidents. Employers may be liable for wrongful death if they fail to provide a safe workplace.
  • Criminal Acts: If someone's wrongful actions lead to the death of another, whether through assault, battery, or other criminal acts, a wrongful death claim may be pursued in civil court alongside any criminal charges.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?

In a wrongful death claim, various damages may be pursued to provide compensation for the financial, emotional, and practical aspects of the loss. These damages can include:

  • Economic Damages: This category encompasses tangible financial losses, such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income, and the value of household services provided by the deceased.
  • Non-Economic Damages: These damages are less tangible but equally significant. They include compensation for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and emotional distress experienced by the surviving family members.
  • Punitive Damages: In some cases, the court may award punitive damages to punish the defendant for particularly egregious conduct, serving as a deterrent to others.

Our experienced Modesto wrongful death lawyers work diligently to assess the full scope of damages applicable to each case, ensuring our clients receive fair compensation for their loss.

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Wrongful Death Claim in California?

The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in California is typically two years from the date of the deceased person's death.

However, certain circumstances can alter this timeframe. For instance, if the death resulted from medical malpractice, the two-year clock typically starts when the malpractice was discovered or should have been reasonably discovered. It is critical to consult with our legal team promptly to ensure compliance with the applicable statute of limitations and to preserve your right to seek compensation.

Contact Our Modesto Wrongful Death Attorney Today

Losing a loved one is a challenging experience, and pursuing a wrongful death claim may be the last thing on your mind. However, seeking justice for your loved one's untimely death can provide a sense of closure and financial support during a challenging time. The Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis is committed to guiding you through the legal process with compassion, tenacity, and a commitment to securing the compensation you deserve.

Contact the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis today to schedule a meeting with our wrongful death lawyer in Modesto!

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