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California Child Fatality Accident Claims

Shadow of a Child in a Bicycle California child fatality accident claims are some of the most tragic incidents that can befall a family. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the leading cause of death among children age one to 18 is unintentional injury leading to death. Accidental death to children happens at a rate triple that of any disease or infection, and over five times the amount of any other event that could lead to death. In 2013, the CDC reports that over 15,000 deaths due to unintentional injury occurred in the United States within this age group.

Accidental Deaths

The leading cause of accidental deaths among this age group is due to car accidents. This is followed by drowning, defective products, and then negligent actions by another person. All of these acts are unintentional, but lead to the loss of a loved one.

If you believe that the death of your child is the result of a negligent action of another person or business, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses.

Accidental Death Attorney

We understand that seeking compensation for the death of your loved one will not bring you emotional relief. We also understand that it will not give you what you desire most, the return of your lost loved one. However, seeking compensation for the loss of your loved one will help you cover the expenses associated with their death and hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.

As wrongful death attorneys, we know that this is a very difficult time for you. We approach this subject with care and compassion, and try to make the process as easy on you as possible. We understand.

Who Can Sue for Accidental Death in California

In the State of California, a person may seek compensation for a death of a loved one if they are the spouse, children, or parents of the deceased. Of course, each case is distinctly different and only your attorney can explain which family members have the right to seek compensation based on the facts of your case.

If the case is based on the loss of a child, the parents, and sometimes the siblings, have the right to seek compensation.

Forms of Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case

California law allows the following forms of compensation in a wrongful death case:

  • Economic Damages
    • Cost of funeral and burial expenses
    • Loss of economic contributions to the family
    • Loss of household contributions (chores or other responsibilities handled by that person)
  • Non-Economic Damages. Loss of love, companionship and care, and loss of society based upon the relationship between the parent or sibling and the child prior to death. California law may also award additional compensation based on the facts of the case. It is important to speak to an attorney about the facts surrounding the case to determine which forms of compensation you are entitled to under state law.
Important Fact to Remember About a Wrongful Death Case

Anyone experiencing the trauma of an accidental death in their family must take into account that there are time limits on how long you have to file a claim for compensation. If you have lost a loved one, you are encouraged to speak to an attorney as soon as possible to determine your rights as a survivor of an accidental death.

Speak to an Accidental Death Attorney

In an effort to protect the rights of all people that have suffered a loss due the negligent act of another person or business, including the loss of a loved one to accidental death, our law firm works on a contingency basis. This means that there are never any legal fees up front. This ensures that everyone, regardless of economic standing, can have quality legal representation in their time of need.

Client Reviews
I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.