Is that question in bad taste? What if you or someone you know or love is faced with the decision to hire an attorney to prepare a wrongful death lawsuit or to navigate the California legal system, warts and all, on your own.
Generally, a wrongful death is defined as: the death of another human directly or indirectly caused by the wrongful act of another person. These acts include, but are not necessarily limited to: negligence, attacks/assaults, a fatality caused in the course of another crime, vehicle accidents resulting in fatalities, etc.
Coping with the death of a loved one isn’t easy for anyone. If you add the fact the fatality was caused by someone’s negligence or an intentional act, the grief can only deepen. If the victim was the sole or primary provider for a family, the situation deteriorates even farther (if that is even possible).
A fatal accident is undoubtedly a tragedy and a wrongful death suit brought by survivors is one way for many families to recover losses suffered as a result of the tragedy. However, hiring a Pasadena, CA wrongful death attorney and pursing a wrongful death suit may not be the right choice for everyone.
The basic question for anyone facing this horrible decision becomes: Can a Pasadena, CA wrongful death attorney get my family more money? Assuming the wrongful death suit has merit, the answer is almost always yes.
By hiring a Pasadena, CA wrongful death attorney the family practically assures itself of a significantly higher dollar award in a successful suit than would be offered by an insurance company in a settlement. Many times the insurance company will offer a higher settlement dollar figure to families represented by a Pasadena, CA wrongful death attorney in the hopes of avoiding a court case.
If a wrongful death case is pursued, not using an attorney is a quick path to failure. The insurance companies pay their lawyers a lot of money to represent them. A family would be well advised to fight fire with fire, attorney with attorney. With a system as lawyer-centric as the one in California it would be no contest should a family choose to go it alone.
Back to the title question: How much is a Pasadena, CA wrongful death attorney worth? The simple answer is a competent attorney is worth a significant amount of money to the survivors of a wrongful death. In fact, the wrongful death attorney is the only reasonable path for surviving family members to receive any financial compensation for their loss.
Some readers probably noticed this article is missing one simple word. An omission that hopefully shines a light on how perversely monetized our society has become. Not once was the word justice mentioned. Did you notice?