Wrongful Death

When an avoidable death occurs because of someone’s negligence, it’s referred to as “wrongful death” within the legal and court system.  The extensive experience our lawyers have accumulated since the firm’s inception in 1975 enables us to provide solid legal representation in such cases.

Sometimes people think about wrongful death in the context of hospital or medical errors, negligence by a corporation, or a bad car crash.  However, the breadth of situations that can result in wrongful death litigation are quite diverse. Some areas of wrongful death cases are the same kinds of situations as the events listed under our personal injury and other pages.  The common theme is that the death may have been avoidable based on the actions of an individual or company.

Although we cannot guarantee outcome or value, the following examples of past case wins provide insight into the types of death claims we handle, as well as our success in seeking compensation for our clients.

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Wrongful Death Case Wins

A multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of the family of a man who was electrocuted and killed as a result of a utility company’s negligent placement and maintenance of high-voltage electrical wires.

A multimillion-dollar settlement against the operator of a day care center on behalf of the estates of a woman and her daughter, who were murdered after the center negligently released the child to the perpetrator of the crime.

$1.45 million pre-trial settlement relating to the death of a collegiate athlete following a collapse during an athletic training workout.

$1.8 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of two minor children following the death of their father after poor treatment at an ER.

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