Compassionate Wrongful Death Attorneys
in San Diego, CA

At Harbor Accident Lawyers, we understand that losing a loved one is devastating, especially when the death is preventable. After a loved one's death, the victim's surviving family members may be dealing with medical expenses, funeral, and burial expenses, while trying to process and grieve their devastating loss.

We are here to help victims’ family members navigate California’s complex claims process. Our law firm has recovered millions of dollars for grieving family members. We advocate tirelessly for your rights and strive for the maximum recovery in your wrongful death claim. Our San Diego wrongful death lawyers can hold the wrongdoers responsible for the damages they caused. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.

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Car Accidents are a Common Occurrence in the U.S.

Auto accidents are a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2020, there were 35,766 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States. These crashes accounted for 38,824 total deaths. After a fatal accident, the surviving spouse and family members may feel alone, angry, and overwhelmed. Surviving family members may have to pay out-of-pocket funeral and burial expenses and may be left with other bills. The average cost of a traditional service burial in California is approximately $6,893.

What Compensation is Available in a
Wrongful Death Claim

If you lost a family member in an accident, you may be able to recover compensation for damages in a wrongful death claim or a wrongful death lawsuit including economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages have a monetary value and are typically easy to determine. It’s important to collect your medical records, medical expenses, as well as car accident-related expenses you’ve incurred as evidence of your losses.

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral expenses
  • Burial expenses
  • Lost income and financial support
  • Loss of inheritance
  • The value of lost household services
  • Lost employment benefits, retirement, and pension

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damage is subjective in nature and therefore more difficult to determine. These types of damages can include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental distress
  • Loss of love, care, support, and protection
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of parental support and guidance

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages may also be granted in special cases where the defendant committed egregious negligence. These kinds of damages are awarded at the court’s discretion when the defendant’s conduct is found to be particularly harmful.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California?

Most wrongful death cases are settled outside of court. However, under California law, certain individuals are entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Those who may be able to pursue a wrongful death suit include:

The decedent’s spouse or domestic partner

If the decedent was legally married, the surviving spouse or registered domestic partner may pursue a wrongful death suit.

Children of the deceased person

The decedent's children may be able to file a wrongful death claim if they are the biological children, fully adopted children, or stepchildren of the deceased person.

an experienced wrongful death attorney can help surviving family members file wrongful death cases

Relatives, including the parents and siblings of the decedent

Parents who were financially dependent on the deceased person may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. If the decedent is a minor, the parents can file a wrongful death suit.

The deceased individual’s personal representative

A personal representative of the decedent’s estate can file a wrongful death action on the behalf of the surviving family members.

We are like family

You're not just a number but a member of our family with us. Expect courtesy calls and constant updates from our team. Our friendly staff is available to take your calls whenever you need anything.

We strive for maximum recovery

We are your loyal advocate who understands your needs. You can expect honest advice and aggressive representation from us. Together, we will decide on the best strategy to benefit you and your recovery.

No money out-of-pocket

Because we work on a contingency basis, you do not pay a thing up-front until your case is settled. We take pride in providing you with free legal advice whether or not you hire us.

What is My California Wrongful Death Claim Worth?

a san diego wrongful death lawyer can help with wrongful death claims

The value of your wrongful death case depends on factors like the medical bills prior to the death, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income the decedent could have earned, and loss of companionship, care, guidance, love, and support. Monetary damages like medical bills and funeral expenses are more objective and easier to calculate. However, damages that are less clear-cut, like emotional trauma, and mental distress are not easy to prove.

An experienced wrongful death lawyer can help you calculate and prove your losses including more subjective damages. Our San Diego personal injury lawyers can help you navigate the complex wrongful death claims process after a fatal accident.

How Can a
Wrongful Death Attorney Help Me?

bring wrongful death claims after the loss of a family member

If you lost a spouse or family member in a fatal accident, don't hesitate to consult a San Diego wrongful death lawyer. Wrongful death claims are very complex, and the financial stakes are high. Your wrongful death case may even proceed to court. If so, the process will become more complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. It's essential to consult a San Diego wrongful death attorney who can take care of the paperwork for you, gather necessary evidence, enlist the help of experts who can strengthen your case, and resolve your wrongful death case in a timely manner.

At Harbor Accident Lawyers, our trial lawyers are very familiar with the greater San Diego area and local courts. We will protect your rights and provide you with the best legal advocacy. The statute of limitations in California for wrongful death claims is 2 years from your loved one's death. To be sure, it's best to consult a San Diego wrongful death attorney to find out when your statute of limitations runs out.

Contact Our San Diego Wrongful Death Lawyers Today

The easiest way to answer all your questions is for you to give us a call.

No Fees Until We Win Your Wrongful Death Claim

At Harbor Accident Lawyers, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge any legal fees until we win your wrongful death case. We also offer free consultations where we can discuss your legal options and assess the strength of your wrongful death case. Call us at (858)-757-8724 to schedule your free case evaluation. We have won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for wrongful death cases. Get the financial compensation you are entitled to after a loved one's death.

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"We highly recommend Harbor Accident Lawyers. They were very professional, from the initial interview to the final resolution. Over several months, they never failed to keep us updated on the status of our case, address concerns or questions, and discussed our options without pushing us in any direction. Professional support staff, as well. Good job."

Marvin S. San Diego, CA

"Harbor Accident Lawyers are awesome, caring, compassionate people to work with. I was apprehensive about calling a Lawyer re. My accident until I read about him. He has taken my fears of lawyers away and worked with me to get the max possible. They are always available or will call you back in a timely manner to answer. I would recommend him to anyone at the drop of a pin. Thank you for everything."

Brittany A. San Diego, CA

Contact a San Diego Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

San Diego is a flourishing Southern California city with over 1,380,000 residents calling it home. San Diego is a hotspot for tourism and sees over 35 million visitors each year. San Diego has an abundance of entertainment including many restaurants, breweries, shops, museums, parks, beaches, and cruises. Some key attractions in San Diego include Balboa Park, Petco Park, San Diego Convention Center, Comic-Con International, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, USS Midway Museum, and La Jolla Cove.

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With millions of tourists each year, it’s no surprise that San Diego streets are bustling with motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Consequently, there are also thousands of traffic accidents each year. In 2019, there were over 19,900 car accidents in San Diego County that resulted in injuries and fatalities. About 4,722 accounted for speeding-related accidents and 2,518 involved driving under the influence of alcohol.

If you lost a loved one in a San Diego car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. At Harbor Accident Lawyers, our San Diego wrongful death lawyers will fight to hold the wrongdoers accountable for their actions. Schedule a free consultation today.

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