Nothing strikes at the heart like the death of a loved one. In some cases, the death would never have happened except for the negligence, recklessness, or bad action of an individual or entity. California law entitles you to compensation if you have lost a loved one because of unjust circumstances.

Nordean Law specializes in California wrongful death lawsuits, ranging from traffic accidents to medical malpractice to workplace accidents. Success in a wrongful death case requires establishing liability through a thorough investigation, painstaking legal work, and aggressive courtroom representation. Nordean Law works tirelessly to get our clients the justice they deserve.

What Is Wrongful Death?

California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 CCP, also known as California’s wrongful death statute, provides the basis for family members to bring a wrongful death action against allegedly liable parties. Eligible plaintiffs include the following:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Children

To prevail in a wrongful death claim, plaintiffs must show that the defendant(s) caused or contributed to the decedent’s death through negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions.

For instance, a hospital administering a medication that triggered a deadly allergic reaction may face a wrongful death claim based on negligence. A driver who caused a fatal accident by speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and tailgating may face a wrongful death claim for recklessness. Violent actions that result in death often bring about criminal charges and a wrongful death lawsuit.

Why Choose Nordean Law For Your Wrongful Death Claim In Orange County?

Wrongful death claims require establishing the defendant(s) duty of care, breach of that duty, and that the breach resulted in the death. Often, defendants attempt to deflect blame from themselves by raising doubt as to the cause of the accident or even blaming the victim. Nordean Law’s Orange County wrongful death lawyers know how to combat these strategies and keep the focus on the negligence, recklessness, or bad actions of the defendant.

"We never lose sight of the pain and suffering of your recovery, not to mention emotional trauma that lasts for years."

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Wrongful Death Claim In Orange County?

If another caused the wrongful death of your loved one, you need an expert in wrongful death litigation to establish your claim, investigate the circumstances, and represent you in court. Wrongful death claims must meet specific standards of proof according to California law. Your wrongful death attorney will construct a case that meets these requirements and negates the defendant’s attempts to conceal or minimize responsibility.

Common Types Of Wrongful Death. 

Wrongful death claims can emerge from a variety of situations. Under California law, a claim for wrongful death exists when a person dies because another individual or entity breaches a duty of care. Common types of wrongful death include the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents

The defendant(s) have a duty of care in all these examples. For example, drivers must obey traffic laws and proceed with due caution; doctors must follow medically sound processes and work in their patients’ best interests; employers must comply with workplace safety standards and protect their employees.

A duty of care must have been breached for a wrongful death claim to succeed, and that breach must be, at least in part, the cause of the death.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Legally speaking, wrongful deaths occur when a person or entity breaches a duty of care, and that breach causes tragedy. The breach can occur because of negligence, recklessness, or intentional action.

Vehicle accidents rank as one of the more prevalent forms of wrongful death. All drivers have a duty of care, and this duty is all too frequently breached. A typical car accident involves an individual driver who caused an accident through negligence, such as failing to watch the road. Other vehicle accidents result from recklessness, such as aggressive driving. Also, intentional actions, such as road rage incidents and drunk driving, are common causes of wrongful death.

Most medical malpractice claims result from negligence. A doctor or other medical professional performed their job poorly, resulting in wrongful death. Many workplace accident fatalities also occur because of negligence. Failure to follow OSHA requirements, for example, is a common cause of wrongful death.


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What To Do After Wrongful Death In Orange County?

After losing a family member, it’s difficult to fathom what you must do to protect your legal claims. However, it’s essential to lay the groundwork for your wrongful death claim so you can receive justice.

The following steps protect your legal rights:

Report the Incident

If you believe a wrongful death occurred, report the matter to the proper authorities. For a traffic accident, this starts with law enforcement. For medical malpractice, it begins with the hospital administration.

Contact a Wrongful Death Litigation Specialist

Wrongful death cases are a particular type of personal injury law. This type of claim has its standards, and you need an experienced advocate to establish your case, negotiate with the opposition, and represent you in court.

Document All the Details

Keeping notes of what occurred can make the difference between a solid case and one where the defense benefits from wiggle room. Creating a chronology of events and sharing it with your attorney prepares your case and ensures no key details are missed.

How Does the Investigation Process Work?

Wrongful death investigations uncover the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions that caused the death of your loved one. If you believe another’s wrongful acts killed your family member, contact a wrongful death litigation specialist to begin an investigation into the incident. The litigation process gives your legal team the tools needed to get to the bottom of the tragedy. 

Common types of wrongful death investigations include the following:

Medical Malpractice Investigations

Medical malpractice investigations review medical evidence to uncover negligent and improper medical practices.

Industrial Accidents

When a loved one dies from a work-related accident, the cause is often negligent workplace safety practices. Industrial accident investigations determine what occurred and who is responsible.

Products Liability Investigations

Products that are used as intended should never cause injury or death. Investigations into product liability determine how the accident occurred and where the flaw in the product existed.

Nordean Law specializes in California wrongful death lawsuits, ranging from traffic accidents to medical malpractice to workplace accidents. Success in a wrongful death case requires establishing liability through a thorough investigation, painstaking legal work, and aggressive courtroom representation. Nordean Law works tirelessly to get our clients the justice they deserve.

How Much Is Wrongful Death Case Worth?

Wrongful death claims settle anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars. Several factors weigh the case’s value, including financial losses to the family, intangible impacts, such as lost relationships and grief, and the amount of blame a court is likely to assign to the defendant(s).

Financial losses can include the following:

  • Lost income
  • Lost household services
  • Lost future income
  • Lost benefits
  • Lost future gifts

Intangible losses are harder to quantify but often worth much more than the financial losses, including the following:

  • Lost relationships
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of life enjoyment
  • Bereavement
  • Pain and suffering

The court may reduce the total damages if it finds the victim contributed to the accident. For instance, if a wrongful death claim results in $500,000 in damages and the court find the victim 10% responsible, it reduces the award to $450,000.

Contact a Top-Rated Orange County Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

If you have lost a loved one because of another’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional action, contact Nordean Law’s Orange County wrongful death attorneys.

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Hiring the right Wrongful Death Attorney will make a significant difference in your challenging and stressful situation. You may spend many hours attempting to figure out what you should do next at Orange County Courthouse. You’ll lose hours of time trying to figure out what you need to do next if you don’t hire an attorney. Even more, you will also receive about 40% less when the settlement finally arrives, which will happen much faster with professional assistance.

Please contact us if you have any queries or would want to know what you could be owed. In California, you have two years from the date of injury to file a claim and sue for compensation. If you want to go it alone in court, the Orange County Courthouse is located at 700 W Civic Center Dr, Santa Ana, CA 9270. If you want to take professional help, our wrongful death lawyer in Orange County will be more than happy to help you.

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Orange County Wrongful Death FAQs

Check to see if anyone is injured and call for emergency medical services. Do not refuse medical treatment at the accident scene and follow up with your doctor as soon as possible. Never admit fault for the cause of the car crash. If possible, take pictures, make a video, and ask eyewitnesses for their contact information. 

It is best not to provide written or record statements or answer questions about the car accident until you speak with our Orange County car accident lawyer. The insurance company is searching for evidence it can use to deny your claim or lower the value of your damages. Tell the company you will have your lawyer call them back, and then contact our office to talk with a personal injury lawyer in Orange County.

Do not admit fault for a car accident. You could be confused or stunned in the aftermath of a car accident. Instead, talk with a car accident lawyer immediately. Insurance companies like to shift the blame to the victim to save money, even if the victim is not at fault for the crash. 

Even if you are partially to blame for the cause of the car wreck, you might still receive money for your injuries. Under California’s pure comparative fault law, you could receive compensation for 70 percent of your damages, even though you were 30 percent at fault for the crash. Allow our legal team to investigate the accident before you admit fault. 

Most car accident lawsuits must be filed within two years from the accident date, though there could be exceptions. Therefore, it is best to call our office as soon as possible to determine the deadline for filing your claim. Also, car accident investigations could take several months to complete. 

You should be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket costs. You should also be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering damages, including physical pain and emotional suffering. 

We understand that a car accident can result in significant financial hardships. Therefore, at Nordean Law, we try to make it affordable to obtain legal advice and hire a car accident lawyer in Orange County.

Your initial consultation is free of charge. It costs nothing to meet with our Orange County car accident attorney to obtain legal advice. Your consultation is confidential, and you are under no obligation to hire our law firm after meeting with our attorney.

We handle car accident cases on a contingency basis. You do not pay a retainer fee or upfront attorney fees to hire us. We deduct our attorneys’ fees from your settlement or jury verdict. Therefore, if we do not recover any money for your car accident claim, you do not owe us any attorneys’ fees.

Have you been injured in a car accident? We want to help. Call 888-254-3222 now to speak with a member of our legal team. 

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