Advocating for the Loved Ones of Wrongful Death Victims for 85+ Years
A wrongful death case is a civil action brought against an at-fault party whose actions and negligence resulted in the wrongful and untimely death of a person. Although the claim process varies by state, generally speaking, wrongful death claims can only be filed by the victim’s surviving loved ones, such as spouses, children (minor or adult), or parents. The wrongful death could have happened during a train, boat, car, or truck accident, or even as a result of carbon monoxide exposure.
At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, we know the pain families go through after losing a loved one. That’s why our attorneys are here to walk you through this difficult time and provide you with the support you need. We truly care about our clients, and if you lost someone you love because of another’s negligence, we want to help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
Why Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP?
During a time of tragedy, it may seem unthinkable to cut through legal red tape on your own. That is why we’re proud to represent clients for claims of wrongful death. Our attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP collectively have more than 85 years of legal experience. We have won millions of dollars for our clients, and we don’t back down from a case— no matter how complex.
Some may view lawsuits with a stigma, but it is your legal right to obtain reparation for the immense tragedies brought down on you by negligent parties. Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP approaches each case with the highest degree of ethical standards and great legal expertise; our attorneys earned Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® ratings for demonstrating this throughout their years of practice.
Our Wrongful Death Case Results
Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP has recovered millions for families affected by the wrongful death of a loved one. Some of our recent case results include:
Call Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP at (800) 900-0863 today to speak to a Campbell wrongful death attorney.
Do I Qualify for Compensation?
We know that financial compensation cannot replace a loved one, but it can help surviving family members deal with the expenses the death has incurred.
To be eligible to file a claim for wrongful death, you must be related to the deceased party in one of the following ways:
- Surviving spouse or domestic partner
- A dependent but not legal spouse
- Adopted or biological children
- Parent or parents
- Dependent minors in the victim’s household
- Grandparent, sibling, or other intestate heir
- A person with another type of dependent relationship to the victim
There are, however, some limitations to filing a wrongful death claim. Primarily, the state of California gives you two years after the date of your loved one’s death to begin the pursuit of a wrongful death claim. If the death was due to medical malpractice, you have three years from the date of the injury or death or one year after you discover, or can be reasonably expected to discover, the injury or death — whichever occurs first. On the other hand, government liability cases give only six months from the date of injury to file a claim.
Due to these time limitations, and potential for other time limitations, it is important to reach out to a knowledgeable attorney immediately.
The damages you can recover for a wrongful death lawsuit may include the following:
- Loss of love, care, companionship, comfort, affection, protection, and consortium
- Loss of training, advice, nurturing, and mentorship
- Loss of financial support, contributions and services
- Medical costs related to the death
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
Compensation is also dependent on the wrongfully deceased’s life expectancy, as well as the relationship you had with them. For instance, if the victim was your spouse of 35 years or your mother who you were very close with, it is likely the court or jury will scale up the compensation higher than it would for a distant great uncle.
If your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death accident in Campbell, our award-winning attorneys are here to fight for your rightful compensation. As soon as you decide to work with us, our team at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP will work on your case with great ferocity against the at-fault party.
We understand that this is an extremely difficult time, which is why we always treat our clients with the utmost compassion and care. Allow us to handle the legal nuances of your case as you and your family grieve and heal during this tragic time.
Contact our firm if you believe your loved one’s passing could warrant a wrongful death claim: (800) 900-0863.