El Dorado Hills Wrongful Death Lawyer

 wrongful deathThe unexpected and sudden loss of a loved one is a tragic event, but when your family has lost a loved one because of the negligence of another party, anger and uncertainty can compound your grief and pose significant financial strain on your family. At the Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, we understand how devastating a wrongful death can be for any family and provide comprehensive legal counsel to those who decide to pursue legal recourse against those responsible for causing such deaths.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, in a defective product accident, or because of medical negligence, you need a legal team you can trust to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. A wrongful death claim can help you and your family recover the financial losses resulting from the death, and while monetary compensation can never replace a lost loved one, the economic relief you and your family receive could make the grieving process a bit easier and help you transition more smoothly to a new reality.


A wrongful death claim is functionally similar to a personal injury claim in many ways, but state law imposes strict requirements for filing a wrongful death claim, including who may file such claims and the types of compensation they may secure if they succeed with them. Any type of civil claim has the potential to escalate into a complex legal battle, but wrongful death claims typically involve a significant emotional factor that makes them much harder for plaintiffs to handle. If you have recently lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence, the legal counsel you receive from an experienced El Dorado Hills wrongful death attorney can be invaluable, allowing you and your loved ones to mourn with peace of mind knowing your legal affairs are in capable and trustworthy hands.

Hiring an El Dorado Hills wrongful death attorney also provides substantial practical benefits, namely the security of knowing that your case will not be jeopardized by procedural errors. The civil court system of California upholds many filing requirements, and the average person will have a hard time navigating these requirements successfully without the help of an attorney. It’s possible to have a wrongful death claim dismissed on procedural grounds if you make a mistake with your court filings or miss a filing deadline. Your El Dorado Hills wrongful death lawyer will ensure your case does not experience such snags and fulfill your procedural obligations on your behalf.


Success in your wrongful death claim requires meeting a few standard requirements:

If you and your attorney can successfully establish these factors, it’s possible to secure various types of compensation from the defendant depending on how the wrongful death in question occurred.


A wrongful death is any death caused by negligence. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death claims in the United States include:

These are only a few examples of the common causes of wrongful death. Ultimately, any situation in which one party’s negligence or intentionally harmful conduct results in a death could form grounds for a wrongful death claim.


Every state upholds unique wrongful death statutes. If you plan to pursue a wrongful death claim in El Dorado Hills, it is essential to understand California’s wrongful death statutes and how they apply to your claim. The first step is determining eligibility to file a wrongful death claim. California allows a decedent’s surviving spouse, child, or parent to have priority when it comes to filing a wrongful death claim. Depending on what family the decedent has, any beneficiary who would have a valid claim to the decedent’s property through California’s intestate succession laws is potentially eligible to file a wrongful death claim.

California state law also outlines the damages a wrongful death claimant can include in their suit:

One caveat that is vital to remember in wrongful death claims related to medical malpractice is the state cap on pain and suffering damages. California state law limits noneconomic damages for pain and suffering in medical malpractice claims to $250,000.


Pursuing a wrongful death claim in California is much easier when you have reliable legal representation from an experienced El Dorado Hills wrongful death attorney. Your legal team will help you account for all the losses resulting from your loved one’s death and assist you in establishing liability for the death.

Some wrongful death claims are more straightforward than others. There is no guarantee that the defendant named in your claim will accept liability for the death, and they may deny liability, contest the damages sought by the plaintiff, or even claim comparative negligence to avoid liability for wrongful death. The attorneys at the Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC can provide a full range of professional legal services to help you overcome these situations.

Depending on the nature of your claim, we may consult with various professionals and experts to provide in-depth analysis of the more complex aspects of your claim. For example, if your wrongful death claim is related to a car accident and the defendant contests their liability, we may consult an accident reconstruction expert to help us more fully assert the defendant’s liability. If the wrongful death resulted from medical malpractice, we may consult a medical expert who can attest as to whether the defendant adhered to the appropriate standard of care for the situation in question.


If you recently lost a loved one due to the negligence, recklessness, or criminal behavior of another party, it is vital to take legal action as soon as possible. Working with an experienced El Dorado Hills wrongful death attorney provides the best chance of success in a wrongful death claim, and the sooner you secure legal counsel the better your chances will be of maximizing your case award from your wrongful death claim.

The Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC are ready to assist you with your wrongful death claim. If you are ready to discuss your options for legal recourse after the tragic loss of a loved one, contact us today and schedule a free case review.


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