Wrongful Death

Alhambra Wrongful Death Attorney

Personalized Legal Services for Your Family

If you’ve recently lost a loved one in an accident, hiring a law firm to represent you is most likely the last thing on your mind. However, getting started on filing a claim is crucial if you wish to achieve some sense of justice for what happened to your family member. In addition to the pain you may be experiencing right now, you may also be burdened with a lot of financial debt. Medical bills and property damage pile up in costs, and if your family was dependent on your loved one, you’re also missing an income.

Lara Law Firm is available to take on your case and secure the compensation your family needs to cover your expenses. The healing process may be long, but our Alhambra wrongful death attorney can make it slightly easier so you don’t have to worry about falling into debt. Our team is comprised of compassionate individuals who know how overwhelming you must feel right now – allow us to utilize our knowledge of the legal system on your behalf.

Call (626) 790-5758 if you’ve lost a loved one due to negligence, or fill out our online form. Your family deserves justice for your loss – our team can hold the at-fault party responsible for their actions.

What Counts as Wrongful Death?

Family members can file a wrongful death claim when their loved one is killed because of another person or entity’s negligence. There may be instances in which the at-fault party is arrested and criminally charged, but a wrongful death lawsuit is a separate civil action that allows families to be compensated for their loss.

There are numerous factors and situations that can cause death or serious injuries that lead to death. However, some of the most common causes of wrongful death claims include:

  • Car accidents: Millions of car accidents occur in the United States every year, and on average, around 38,000 people are killed in these accidents. Car crashes are one of the leading causes of wrongful death claims because of how frequently people drive or travel in vehicles. A majority of car accidents are caused by human error, meaning that a driver or some other party can usually be held responsible for negligence.
  • Medical malpractice: Doctors, nurses, dentists, and other medical staff are responsible for keeping their patients safe, but sometimes they make mistakes. When these mistakes occur during high-stakes situations, serious injuries and death are possible. Common wrongful death causes usually involve a misdiagnosis of an existing condition or errors made during surgery.
  • Defective products: Defective or dangerous products are known to kill countless consumers every year. These products typically include pharmaceutical products – also known as dangerous drugs – unsafe products designed for young children, and defective vehicle features, like airbags. Manufacturers and designers are usually the ones to blame for defects.
  • Workplace accidents: Industries that are considered to be more hazardous, like construction or assembly work, often place workers at risk of injury or death. Common workplace accidents that result in death include falls from heights, being hit or crushed by heavy machinery or equipment, and work-related car accidents.
  • Truck accidents: Due to their weight and size, trucks can cause a lot of damage in collisions, including severe injuries and death. Common catastrophic injuries include burns, spinal cord and neck injuries, amputations, and brain and head injuries.

While many people associate wrongful death claims with deaths that occur in accidents, families can also file a claim if their loved one initially survived the accident but died from their injuries at a later date.

Your family deserves to grieve in peace during this difficult time. You can trust our Alhambra wrongful death attorney to handle your case. Call our firm at (626) 790-5758 today – we also serve clients in Huntington Beach.

Who Can File a Claim in California?

Each state has its own statutes regarding how much time individuals have to file a personal injury claim, and who can file a claim on behalf of a deceased family member. In California, families have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. This means that if your loved one was injured in an accident and died three weeks later, the clock would begin from the date of the death, not the date of the accident.

Additionally, only certain family members are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit in California. The following may be eligible to file a claim:

  • The surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • The deceased person’s surviving children
  • The deceased’s parents or siblings, if there is no surviving person in their line of descent
  • Anyone who was financially dependent on the deceased person

To learn more about whether you’re legally allowed to file a claim, call our attorney. We’re more than happy to sit down with you to hear your story and help you understand what next steps you can take.

Damages We Can Help You Recover

In addition to demystifying the complicated legal system for you, our law firm can also be trusted to recover damages for your family and your loved one’s estate. No one is prepared for a loved one to die, so chances are you aren’t ready to be burdened with medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income.

We can secure the compensation you need to cover the following losses:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical and hospital bills for your loved one’s final illness or injury
  • Lost income
  • Loss of companionship or love
  • Value of household services
  • Loss of anticipated financial support

Your family deserves compassion and guidance after losing an important family member. Lara Law Firm can help.

Hear It From Our Clients

  • Thank you, Richard! You’re the best!

    “He got me enough money to buy a new car, and he also got me $50,000 for my injury. This was the maximum amount available under the other driver’s insurance policy, the best possible outcome. Thank you, Richard! You’re the best!”

    - Erin, Student of Nursing
  • Highly recommend this law firm!

    “Richard Lara and his team in Alhambra came recommended and we are glad that he and his team represent us for our business.”

    - Randy T.
  • Excellent and personalized service

    “High standards of care, excellent and personalized service. Tries hard to do what is best for the client and always does what is the right thing to do.”

    - Adam W.
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    “Excellent and personalized service. Tries hard to do what is best for the client and always does what is the right thing to do.”

    - Former Client
  • He went above and beyond

    “Richard sued the restaurant, and he got all of my medical bills paid and he also got me $15,000 for my pain and suffering. After that, the restaurant moved the trashcan away from that door so no one else would get hurt.”

    - Billy, Body Shop Repair Specialist

Settlements & Verdicts

  • $344,000 Bus Crash

    We have recovered a settlement for a client that suffered from serious injuries due to a tour bus crash.

  • $70,000 Soft Tissue Injury

    We have recovered a settlement for a client who suffered from a soft tissue injury resulting from a rear end collision.

  • $68,000 Asset Seizure Defense

    Recovered client's $67,996 cash, the entire amount that United States Customs and the DEA seized, by persuading the court that law enforcement confiscated the money in violation of state and federal law.

  • $50,000 Unpaid Wages & Hostile Workplace

    Forced a $50,000 settlement for client in his case against his former employer for unpaid wages and hostile workplace.

  • $10,000 Sexual Harassment

    Forced settlement for client for $10,000 for a client in her case against her former employer for sexual harassment and unpaid overtime.

  • Divorce Case Family Law

    Forced a settlement for the client, which gave her ownership and possession of the marital residence and exclusive ownership and possession of vacation home to compensate her for her ex-husband's hiding and squandering of community property assets.

  • Achieved Reduction Serious Crimes

    Achieved reduction of Attempted Murder charge to Misdemeanor Domestic Violence.

  • Hit and Run Criminal Defense

    Negotiated Civil Compromise for client charged with hit and run, which resulted in all charges being dropped - Civil Compromise results in charges being dismissed if defendant agrees to pay victim's damages.

  • Theft Crimes Criminal Defense

    Negotiated Deferred Prosecution for a client charged with larceny and shoplifting - Deferred Prosecution results in dismissal of charges in certain cases provided that defendant agrees to satisfy court-ordered conditions.


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