Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Have you lost a loved one in an accident?

The most important decision you can make for your family is selecting the right law firm to help you through these difficult times.  You need a law firm with the experience, resources and track record of successfully handling wrongful death claims.


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Wrongful death is defined as the death of a human being as the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional act of another person, and may arise as the result of any kind of accident, including motor vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, trucking, or pedestrian accidents, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, medical malpractice, a defective product, or construction accidents.

Husbands, wives, domestic partners, children, parents, brothers, sisters, and financially dependent children (formally adopted or not) can bring wrongful death claims when negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct has caused the death of a family member.

To succeed on a wrongful death claim, the surviving family must establish four elements:

1. Death of a person

2. Caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional conduct of another

3. Surviving family members are financially suffering because of the death

4. There is a personal representative to bring the suit on behalf of the decedent’s estate

Assuming these four elements are satisfied, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for both economic and non-economic losses, including:


  • Medical Expenses
  • Pain and Suffering of your loved one prior to death

Loss of Financial Support to the surviving spouse or child for rent and housing, transportation costs, educational expenses, health care and other expenses a loved one would have provided, based on their expected future earnings

Loss of Services for the everyday contribution of your loved, such as for cleaning, cooking, advice, training, and other contributions they would have made to taking care of your home and family.

Loss of Society, Comfort, Care and Companionship of your loved one, including for lost affection, moral support and guidance, sexual enjoyment, and other services for a surviving spouse.

Funeral and Burial Expenses

Other compensation

Some states also allow surviving family members to be compensated for their personal grief and suffering.


If your family has experienced a wrongful death, no matter the cause:

Contact an experienced and compassionate attorney.

The laws regarding wrongful death cases are complex. It is vital that surviving family members seek the advice of an experienced wrongful death attorney to explain and protect your rights, as well as those of your loved one.

Slaughter & Slaughter are experienced fatal accident lawyers who understand the emotional difficulty you experience when dealing with the death of a close family member, and can help ease your burden. They are extremely sensitive to what you are going through and can provide you with experienced guidance dedicated to helping you recover.

Wrongful death attorneys know compensation can never replace your lost loved one, but it can bring you closure and help you pick up the pieces to move forward with your life. Slaughter & Slaughter will accurately and honestly evaluate your claim and strive to get the maximum settlement or judgment to compensate you for your loss

The Law Offices of

Slaughter & Slaughter

402 West Broadway,

Suite 400

San Diego CA 92101


There is no reason to suffer alone from the effects of a wrongful death. We can help you bring a claim and strive to get the compensation you and your family will need for a lifetime of coping with this tragedy. Our compassionate wrongful death lawyers want to see you achieve the best resolution possible.

We serve clients throughout Southern California, including Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and the communities of La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, Encinitas, Escondido, Pacific Beach, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chula Vista, and surrounding areas.

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