Wrongful Death Attorney in Riverside, CA

Trusted Personal Injury & Wrong Death Lawyers

Coping with the loss of a loved one is extremely difficult, and your grief may be made even worse if your loved one has been killed in a preventable accident caused by the negligence or malicious actions of an individual or organization. The Law Offices of Harlan B. Kistler specializes in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, CA. If you have a loved one who was the victim of wrongful death, you should explore pursuing legal action to recover funds that can cover funeral expenses, loss of income, and more. We know that nothing can replace your loved one, but you may be able to hold responsible parties accountable while relieving the financial burden of your loss so that you can focus on honoring your loved one. Wrongful death cases may arise in many ways, and our wrongful death lawyers can represent any of these cases to achieve a favorable outcome for you and your family. Our personal injury attorneys would be happy to offer you a free case evaluation, so get in touch with us today.

What Is Wrongful Death?

The term wrongful death is sometimes misunderstood, but our wrongful death attorney is here to help you better understand what qualifies as wrongful death, who can receive compensation, what type of compensation may be recovered, and more. A wrongful death case may occur following or in the absence of a criminal case against an individual, organization, or group of defendants. Some of the reasons you may choose to pursue a wrongful death case include auto accidents, criminal behavior, airplane accidents, preventable occupational hazards, medical malpractice, environmental hazards, and more. Direct action against an individual does not need to be present in a wrongful death case. Many cases are built on proving negligence on behalf of another party. Our personal injury lawyer in Riverside can help you determine if the loss of your loved one was due to wrongful death.

Who Can Recover Compensation?

Plaintiffs in wrongful death cases are usually the children or spouse of the deceased, but any family member or dependent suffering financially from the loss can pursue a case. If you’re unsure whether a wrongful death case is appropriate, The Law Offices of Harlan B. Kistler will gladly provide you with a free consultation to discuss your situation and options. A wide range of cases fall into the category of wrongful death, and you may not even realize you are eligible to receive compensation.

What Type of Compensation Can Be Received?

There are many types of compensation that can be received in a wrongful death case. The amount of compensation awarded is referred to as pecuniary loss. This figure can include the costs of funeral and burial expenses, income loss, loss of guidance or training, loss of benefits from the deceased, loss of household or caregiving services, and more. It is typically necessary to determine the earning potential of the deceased while considering the relationship between the plaintiff in the case and the deceased individual.

How Long Do Wrongful Death Cases Take?

You may be struggling to make ends meet after losing a loved one, and you might want to settle your wrongful death lawsuit quickly to receive a settlement. We do not recommend accepting an insurance company’s offer because you will almost always settle for too little compensation. It can take some time to settle a wrongful death claim, but you can count on our experienced lawyers to get you the compensation you’re entitled to. We will keep you updated on your case and are always available for questions.

California Wrongful Death Experts

The Law Offices of Harlan B. Kistler are experts on California’s wrongful death statute. In the state of California, wrongful death cases can be filed when someone dies due to a wrongful or negligent act. You may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim if you are the spouse, domestic partner, or children of the decedent. If your loved one had no spouse of surviving children, claims may be filed by the decedent’s parents or siblings. Stepchildren and putative spouses of the deceased may also be able to file. In California, wrongful death claims are different than homicide charges. Wrongful death is considered to be a civil claim brought by survivors of the decedent. By comparison, homicide is a criminal charge brought by the state. Monetary awards to family members in wrongful death cases are for expenses incurred as the direct result of the loss of loved one. The consequences of homicide are fines and prison time. Family members can file a wrongful death claim against someone who is also facing criminal charges in California. Living in Riverside County means you can recover both economic and non-economic damages through wrongful death claims, including:

  • Funeral or burial expenses
  • Medical expenses incurred through final injuries or illnesses of the decedent
  • Value of any household services previously provided by the decedent
  • Loss of income that the decedent would have earned had they survived
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of love, attention, affection, community, guidance, moral support, and more

Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorneys

We know that you are facing a difficult time experiencing the loss of a loved one. You can count on the trusted attorneys at The Law Offices of Harlan B. Kistler to help you through the wrongful death case process. Our personal injury lawyers have more than 33 years of experience, and we always offer individualized service. You’ll pay no fee if we cannot recover compensation. You’ll be happy to know that our law firm has successfully recovered fair compensation for more than 3,000 clients over the years. Contact us today to get started with your free consultation.

Why Choose Us

  • Free Consultations Available
  • Over 25 Years Experience
  • No Recovery? No Fee!
  • Individualized Service
  • Our Firm Has Successfully Represented More Than 2,000 Clients, Recovering $5,000,000 Dollars For People Just Like You.