It's many people's worst nightmare. Receiving a phone call or a visit that bears news of the sudden loss of a loved one. Shock is normally the first and prominent reaction, followed usually by any emotional reaction in the book. Most can't believe that this is really happening. Once realization sets in, many have questions about how and why this happened.
Last week, this Alameda-based personal injury legal blog offered a post on the tragic loss of nearly 3 dozen lives in a boat fire in Southern California. The victims perished when the dive boat they were sleeping on caught fire and they were unable to escape to safety. As investigations into the fire continue, families throughout the state are left reeling from unimaginable losses and extreme emotional pain.
California is a beautiful state that contains some of the nation's most precious natural environments. From the mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the desert of Death Valley, California provides its residents with practically every type of terrain that they could want. This includes water as well, because California contains many pristine lakes as well as hundreds of miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean.
A doctor is charged with providing their patient with care that may improve the patient's health. While not all medical conditions can be healed fully and some medical conditions are not treatable, a doctor should take the time to explore the possible causes of their patient's discomfort and seek therapies, medications, and other treatments to improve their quality of life. A doctor who fails to uphold their duties to those under their care may be liable for medical malpractice.
The loss of elderly loved ones to old age is hard on those who loved and cared for them, while the deaths of young friends and family members can be devastating when the losses are unexpected. Not every death that occurs in the California will be considered wrongful, but it is important to understand just what constitutes a wrongful death under the law.
Sometimes a person dies due to an accident. The accident may be simply that -- an "accident" that was unexpected and was the fault of no one. However, all too often people die in accidents that are the fault of another party. For example, a person could die in a car crash caused by a negligent driver, or a person could be the victim of medical malpractice. When a loved one dies due to the actions of another party, the victim's loved ones may want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it is important that they do not wait too long to do so, since there is a "statute of limitations" on wrongful claims in California that limits how long a person has to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Although we all expect motorists to be attentive, rested, and sober behind the wheel, the sad reality is that many of them act in dangerous ways. This puts innocent individuals at risk, including pedestrians. These individuals, who are without the safety protections afforded by vehicles, are extremely vulnerable to suffering extensive harm in these accidents, as can be seen by one recent incident.
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed when a person dies due to the negligence, recklessness, or misconduct of another. The Defendant may be an individual or a business, depending on the circumstances. In this post, we will look at some specific examples where a wrongful death lawsuit could be filed. First, let's discuss what types of damages may be awarded in such a case.
The wrongful death of a loved one can leave a family reeling from both emotional and financial damage. Unexpected bills and burdens present extreme financial hardship. The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to help ease those burdens and provide means for a family to pick up the pieces and move forward without those undue hardships.
A 56-year-old Oakland man was crossing the road at 24th Street and Broadway around 10:39 p.m. on February 22nd when he was struck by an unknown driver. The vehicle failed to stop and, to date, has not been located. The man was transported to Highland Hospital where he later died. Since the investigation is still ongoing, it is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol were involved.