Wrongful Death Attorney
Handling Wrongful Death Claims in Pasadena and Beyond
Losing a loved one is difficult under any circumstances, but when someone else’s negligence is to blame, the pain can be unbearable. For some people, bringing the wrongdoer to justice helps alleviate some of this pain and suffering. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can also help plaintiffs cope with the financial consequences of a death in the family.
In addition to grief, you may have to deal with premortem medical bills, funerary expenses, and changes to your household income. The Claypool Law Firm can help you account for these challenges. For more information about starting a wrongful death lawsuit, call us at (626) 602-1333 today.
What Is Wrongful Death?
Death rarely feels right, but certain situations can make an individual’s passing cause for legal action. By way of example, we currently represent a mother in Alaska whose son was killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting. We sued MGM/Mandalay Bay for being the primary cause of the death by virtue of its reckless security within the Mandalay Bay.
We are also representing an 8-year-old girl whose father was murdered by a mental health patient at a Los Angeles mental health clinic. We seek to hold the mental health facility legally responsible for the father's death because the facility placed the young man in a room with another patient who had homicidal tendencies.
If you believe someone else is responsible for your loved one’s death, the Claypool Law Firm is here to help.
Wrongful Death Statistics
Every year, 169,936 people die from unintentional injuries. The majority of these people die from accidental falls and motor vehicle accidents. Nevertheless, not all of these tragedies will lead to a wrongful death action.
Wrongful Death Requirements
Laws for wrongful death vary from state to state.
In general, to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must have the following elements:
- The death of a human being
- Caused by negligence or intentional acts
- Surviving family members
- A personal representative for the decedent’s estate
The best way to find out if you have a case is to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney.
If you have questions about your case, our very own Brian Claypool is always available for a free consultation.
Who Can File for Wrongful Death?
Although every state has its own laws, the immediate family of a deceased person can usually file a wrongful death claim against the person who caused their death.
For instance, people who can file for wrongful death in California include:
- A surviving spouse or domestic partner
- Adult children
- Other beneficiaries
In California, certain parties have to show they were financially dependent on the deceased person. Typically, spouses, domestic partners, and surviving children have priority, but anyone “who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession” can file if the deceased person was unmarried and/or did not have children.
Some states require the decedent’s personal representative to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their estate. Even if the damages ultimately benefit surviving family members, the estate and its representative are most important.
The firm is currently representing family members of a two-year-old boy in western Pennsylvania who was allegedly sexually abused and murdered by the boyfriend of the mother. In that case, we are suing the county child services agency for failing to remove the little boy from the home after they had learned that he was being physically abused.
Our firm handles cases nationwide, so we can help you navigate the rules and regulations for wrongful death no matter where you’re filing from. We are also well-connected to other top firms, so if we can’t take your case, we’ll help you find someone who can.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Fatal accidents can happen anywhere, but our firm tends to see similar claims come up again and again.
The most common causes of wrongful death include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Drunk driving
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Workplace accidents
- Defective medical devices
- Pharmaceutical injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Intentional acts of violence
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Many of the situations that inspire wrongful death claims are also against the law. Sometimes, a defendant will be charged with a DUI and found liable for wrongful death, as well. In other cases, people found not guilty of murder can still be found liable for wrongful death.
Contact the Claypool Law Firm Today
At our firm, we truly care about our clients and believe our work can make a difference in the community around us. We are experienced with complex wrongful death claims and have successfully represented victims of mass shootings and other tragedies.
Attorney Brian Claypool practices to help victims of preventable wrongdoings. He hopes he gets the opportunity to represent you, too.
For a free, no-obligation consultation with Mr. Claypool, call us at (626) 602-1333 or contact us online today.
$42 Million Settlement Landmark Child Sexual Abuse Case
Recovered $42 million for 45 child sexual assault victims of Eric Uller in lawsuit against the City of Santa Monica and the Police Activities League.
$38 Million Recovery Child Sexual Abuse Case Against LAUSD
We recovered $38,000,000 on behalf of 19 children in the Miramonte child abuse case against Los Angeles Unified School District.
$32 Million Tentative Settlement Child Sexual Abuse Case
We recovered $32,000,000 on behalf of the family of Anthony Avalos, a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly tortured along with 3 other children. Attorney Claypool was assisted by Attornies Nathalie Vallejos, Jay Deratany, and Thomas Stewart.
$6.5 Million Settlement Abuse Case Against Foster Care Provider
On the eve of a jury trial, a $6,500,000 settlement on behalf of 5 children against a private foster care agency for physical and emotional abuse. (San Bernardino County Court).
$4.5 Million Settlement Fatal Police Shooting of Unarmed Man
We obtained a $4.5 million settlement in a Federal Civil Rights action on behalf of the wife and children of an unarmed young man named Michael Nidah who was shot in the back and killed by a City of Downey Police Officer. (Assisted by co-lead counsel Dale K. Galipo).
$4.5 Million Verdict Jury Verdict Against Long Beach PD
A Federal court jury awarded $4.5 million in a civil rights case against the Long Beach Police Department stemming from the shooting death of an unarmed man named Doug Zerby. (Assisted by co-counsel).
$4.5 Million Recovery Hazing Case Against Local School District
We recovered $4.5 million dollars against La Puente / Hacienda Unified School District on behalf of 6 high school boys who were hazed by fellow soccer players
$2.5 Million Settlement Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting
$2.5 million settlement in a Federal lawsuit against the Port Authority of San Diego Police Department in a fatal officer-involved shooting of an unarmed man named Steven Hirschfield. (Assisted by co-counsel).
A History of Success for Our Clients
The firm has an approximate 90% success rate. Mr. Claypool has conducted in excess of 100 jury trials in state and federal courts.
Undivided Attention on Your Case
Mr. Claypool is personally involved in every case and is committed to building strong personal connections with his clients.
To ensure that every client receives the attention and support he or she deserves, our firm maintains a select caseload and will not hesitate to partner with other upstanding lawyers in Southern California.
Dedicated to Social Change
Our firm is committed to helping victims of injustice break the code of silence that often permeates within private and government entities.
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