The California Wrongful Death Attorneys of Bisnar Chase have been representing and winning cases for over 43 years. Having won over $750 million for our clients, we’ve established a 99% success rate and an authoritative and impressive reputation in the courtroom and the real world.
This law firm is passionate and dedicated to bringing the victims of wrongful deaths to justice, and helping rebuild the lives that were shattered in many different types of cases, but more specifically, wrongful deaths.
When you are a client of Bisnar Chase, you are a part of the family. Your questions will always be answered and made to feel at home with us.
The paralegals, negotiators, mediators, and other legal staff are known for their friendly and charismatic personalities, professional and efficient work ethics, and ability to always take each step while holding your hand through this incredibly difficult experience.
We are here to help and will take every step to make sure you are comfortable and know what’s going on at all times.
Get your Free Consultation and Case Evaluation today. For immediate help or to get answers about a wrongful death damages claim, contact our experienced and trusted California wrongful death lawyers at 800-561-4887.
We will discuss your options with you and if we are able to help you, we’ll provide a no-fee guarantee that if we don’t win your wrongful death case, you won’t pay.
In addition, we shield you from liability throughout your case by advancing all costs until your case settles. We have experienced wrongful death trial attorneys and litigation staff. This is important because not all wrongful death attorneys go to trial. We do.
Attorney John Bisnar Talks About California Wrongful Death Claims
Recovering from the loss of a family member is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Following your loss, the weight of the new responsibilities that rest upon your shoulders may seem too difficult to bear.
Our wrongful death attorneys have assisted more than 14,000 clients since 1978 and have developed a 99% success rate while recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for those they represent.
We understand how to treat clients recovering from debilitating grief and will give you straightforward answers to help you put your life back on track.
Whether you have a wrongful death damages case or not, you can count on Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys to give you straightforward answers and advice to help you make the best decision for you and your family.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of someone’s negligence, contact us today to take advantage of our free professional consultation.
Brian Chase, the senior partner, has achieved unrivaled courtroom success; in the last year alone he has recovered millions of dollars for his clients.
Damages That Can Be Recovered From a CA Wrongful Death Claim
A California wrongful death claim can be complicated and particular, which is why it is so important to have an experienced wrongful death attorney on your side.
As the survivor of a loved one, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit for the recovery of the following three kinds of damages:
- The loss of the love, companionship, comfort, affection, society, solace, moral support, and (if a spouse is a claimant) consortium of the decedent;
- The value of the household services the decedent would have provided in the future if any, and
- The value of the financial support which the claimant would have received from the decedent but for the death.
After a loved one has passed away, there are only certain people who may file a wrongful death claim. First in line are the surviving spouse, children, and surviving issue of deceased children of the decedent. These survivors can file separately or jointly. If these types of claimants do not exist, next in line is the person’s:
- then brothers and sisters
- then the children of deceased brothers and sisters
- then grandparents
- and then their lineal descendants
A second group of claimants, which are not covered in the first group are:
- putative spouse (a person who can prove that he/she had good faith belief that they were married to the decedent, but were not married by law)
- children of the putative spouse
- and parents of the decedent
The only way that those qualified under the second group can file a wrongful death claim is if they can prove that they were dependent upon the decedent at the time of death.
The final class of claimant is any minor who can prove that they were a resident of the decedent’s household for 180 days prior to the death and that they were dependent upon the decedent for at least 50% of their support at the time of death.
The Potential Value of a California Wrongful Death Claim
Sometimes, the value of a wrongful death claim is determined by the defendant’s liability insurance coverage or his or her assets. However, an experienced California wrongful death attorney can help victims’ families obtain maximum compensation by carefully examining the specific aspects of the case at hand.
First, it may have to be determined if an estate should be created. When there are several individuals claiming compensation, a probate estate may be created. The wrongful death claim will then be brought in the name of the estate rather than the individual claimants.
Another important step in a wrongful death case is to establish the life expectancy of the decedent. Some of the factors that may be taken into consideration include the victim’s age, lifestyle, medical history, and occupation.
It can also be a challenge to determine how much financial support survivors lost as a result of their loved one’s death. This would require an assessment of the decedent’s employment and salary history, anticipated future wages including promotions, raises, etc.
Wrongful Death Versus Murder
What is the difference between wrongful death and murder? Wrongful death lawsuits are civil action. These are lawsuits brought forth by the deceased victim’s estate or family members, most often, immediate family members.
The claimants attempt to prove that the defendant was responsible or civilly liable for the deceased person’s death as the result of a careless, deliberate, or negligent act. The burden of proof is also different and lesser in civil lawsuits.
Murder or homicide cases on the other hand are criminal cases. The burden of proof in criminal cases is on the prosecution. The prosecutor must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the person committed the murder.
It is important to remember that the wrongdoer will be punished and ordered to pay restitution in a murder case. But only a civil wrongful death claim can help compensate victims’ families monetarily for the losses sustained.
Contacting an Experienced CA Wrongful Death Attorney
We understand what families are going through after a loved one’s death. We understand that no amount of money can bring back a beloved family member. But, we are here to help you through this difficult time and do everything in our power to help you get justice and fair compensation for your losses.
To determine if you are eligible in any category to file a California wrongful death claim, it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side. By retaining a CA wrongful death attorney from Bisnar Chase, you can be assured that we will take care of all the paperwork, research, and answer all of your questions.
Please call our office for your free and confidential consultation with one of our wrongful death attorneys. We can help you answer any questions and tell you how to handle the case.
Call us at 949-203-3814 For a Free, No-Hassle, Confidential, No-Obligation Consultation.