As the National Safety Council ( NSC) has reported, accidents have increased at a disturbing rate over the last ten to twelve years. In fact, the NSC says one person dies in an accident in the United States every five minutes. In each one of those cases, grieving friends and family members are left behind. The San Francisco wrongful death lawyers at The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc. do all they can to help those who have lost loved ones due to an accidental death and see that they are compensated for their loss.
Not surprisingly, auto accidents are the leading cause of wrongful death. Contributing factors include speeding, impairment, not wearing a seatbelt, and distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone while driving. Poisonings are also on the rise, from illicit, OTC, and prescription drugs. This category grew by more than 300% over a ten-year period.
Falls ranked third as a leading cause of accidental death, with many of these accidents occurring in and around the victims’ homes. Choking and drowning complete the top five causes of accidental deaths nationally, although many states list fire, instead of drowning, as the fifth leading cause of death resulting from injury.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of the most traumatic challenges we face, and most people don’t immediately think of contacting an attorney at such a time. But if there is any chance that the death was caused by the negligence of another, that is exactly what you should do. Time is of the essence because of the need to gather, analyze, and preserve evidence; interview witnesses; and conduct investigations.
Under California statutes, the heirs and dependents of the victim of an accidental death involving negligence are entitled to receive payment for their loss. That compensation may include payments to cover future income, medical bills, and funeral expenses of the deceased, as well as loss of companionship.
As you might imagine, lawsuits stemming from wrongful deaths caused by negligence can be complex and often emotional. Laws governing these actions also vary from state to state, so it’s extremely important to find an attorney with experience handling California accidental death cases. At The Cartwright Law Firm in San Francisco, our attorneys have successfully handled many accidental death lawsuits, winning the compensation so justly deserved by our clients.
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