Wrongful Death Attorney
The attorneys at Pocrass & De Los Reyes understand that nothing is as painful as the death of a loved one. When that death could have been prevented, it is even more heart-wrenching to those who must go on.
If you believe that the death of your loved one was due to the carelessness or negligence of another, contact the wrongful death attorneys at Pocrass & De Los Reyes to find out your legal options. Consultations are always free.
Causes of a Wrong Death
A wrongful death may be caused by:
- Medical malpractice
- A car accident
- A bicycle accident
- A motorcycle accident
- A truck accident
- A train accident
- A boat accident
- An airplane crash
- A helicopter crash
- A construction accident
- A workplace accident
- A defective product
- A dog bite or animal mauling
Why File a Claim?
At Pocrass & De Los Reyes an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorney may be able to help you recover money for the loss of a loved one.
We know that no amount of money can make up for your loss. But your financial security and the security of your children may depend on this money.
Some reasons to file a claim include:
- The family lost all or part of their income.
- Medical costs.
- Living expenses.
- Funeral expenses.
Who May File A Wrongful Death Suit?
California law allows only family members to file a wrongful death case. This group can file one complaint together or separately. First in line are:
- The surviving spouse
- Grandchildren, but only if they survive the parent who was a child of the wrongful death victim
If these descendents do not exist, then claims may be made by:
- Then brothers and sisters
- Then children of the brothers and sisters
- And then their lineal descendents
The next group can file a complaint, but only if they can prove in a court of law that they were dependent upon the wrongful death victim at his time of death. This group includes:
- Someone who can prove that he or she was married in every way but legally (putative spouse)
- Children of putative spouse
The last group of people who may file a claim is a minor (under the age of 18), who has lived in the wrongful death victim’s household for 180 days before the death and can prove that he was dependent upon the victim for at least 50% of his support.
Time Limits to Make Your Claim
There are strict time limits enforced by law in which a wrongful death case may be filed. If you miss the deadline to file a case, you are giving up all rights to file a claim forever.
The Cost of a Wrongful Death Attorney
The wrongful death attorneys at Pocrass & De Los Reyes take cases on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing until your case is resolved.
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney
If you believe your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death, contact us for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation.
Wrongful Death Case Results
$4.1 Million Settlement
Aviation – Airplane Accident
Represented 7 families in the wrongful death of loved ones who were on Korean Air Flight 801 that crashed in Guam while on approach to the airport.
$2.5 Million Settlement
Truck Accident – Wrongful Death
Our client’s 30-year-old husband was killed when an alignment rack fell off of a trailer during delivery. The rack landed on the man’s head, killing him instantly. We filed suit against the trucking company for the improper unloading of the rack. We also demonstrated that the company had prior delivery problems.
$2 Million Settlement
Car Accident – Wrongful Death
Our clients’ son, an 18-year-old college student, was stranded on the freeway when his car spun out in the rain and stalled in one of the lanes of traffic. While our clients’ son waited in his car for assistance, his car was struck from behind by the driver of a truck. The truck penetrated the passenger compartment of the car. The young man was killed on impact.
The wrongful death attorneys at Pocrass & De Los Reyes take cases on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing until your case is resolved. For a FREE, no-obligation consultation, contact us.
* This does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.