If you have suffered the unexpected loss of a family member, you will have many questions about what happened. A wrongful death case cannot always answer all these painful questions. It can, however, help to bring negligence to light and hold negligent individuals and companies accountable for their dangerous conduct. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys here at Bogaards Law have helped many grieving San Francisco families investigate unexpected deaths and hold defendants accountable for their negligence.
The following are a few of the most common types of wrongful death cases.
With some of the busiest roads in the nation, auto accidents are tragically common in California. Far too many of these auto accidents result in death. When this happens, the victim’s family or next of kin has the right to sue for wrongful death. This lawsuit can be against a negligent driver who caused the accident, a transportation company that employed a dangerous truck driver, or the manufacturer of a defective vehicle that caused the fatal accident.
There are many different types of motor vehicle accidents that can result in death. Truck accidents are especially dangerous for occupants of smaller vehicles because the smaller vehicle absorbs the full force of impact created by a large, heavy truck. Auto accidents are also particularly dangerous for motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These road users have little (if any) protection from the force of impact. While vehicle occupants have seat belts, airbags, and a steel frame to shield them during a collision, other road users might only have a helmet to protect them. Pedestrians often have no protection at all.
Every year, thousands of medical errors are committed across the United States. Many of these are harmless. Some are caught before they can cause harm to a patient. But far too many medical errors result in permanent injuries to patients. In the worst cases, patients die as a result of preventable medical errors. Surviving family members have the right to sue doctors and hospitals for wrongful death when a patient’s death is caused by negligence.
Older adults and people who need a high level of care are some of the most vulnerable of all California residents. Residents of assisted living centers, nursing homes, and other care facilities are often dependent on their caregivers for the most basic of daily needs. When nursing home staff abuse residents, or neglect their needs, it is important to hold them accountable for their misconduct. This prevents future innocent victims from being abused and neglected while residing at a care facility.
If nursing home abuse or neglect results in the death of a resident, surviving family members have the right to bring a wrongful death action. This can be against the facility itself, individual staff members, or medical professionals who committed malpractice.
If your family member or loved one has died as a result of negligence, you might be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim against the person or company who caused the death. This is a critical step toward protecting other victims from preventable deaths. Without accountability, defendants will continue acting negligently, and place other innocent victims at risk of serious injury or death. At Bogaards Law, we fight hard to hold negligent defendants accountable for causing preventable deaths. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled wrongful death attorneys.
Female student was sexually abused by a male student at a local private middle school. The male student had abused other students in the past.
Disputed sexual molestation of high school male student by female teacher at private school.
Plaintiff was the executive assistant for the CEO of a Silicon Valley tech company for only a few years. She was fired for absenteeism and poor work performance; however, plaintiff had a personal relationship with the CEO’s family and claimed that the personal relationship both interfered with her ability to do her office work and lead to her termination.
Court trial in Marin County for breach of plaintiff’s employment contract as an office manager. Plaintiff had both a personal and work relationship with employer, a medical doctor.
Elder abuse case involving the death of a client’s father at a skilled nursing facility due to neglect, dehydration, and open wounds. Case settled at early mediation.
Elder abuse case involving the death of a fellow attorney’s mother within a month of moving into an upscale care facility in Marin County, because she was not given medications. Expedited settlement within three months of claim.
Wrongful death of the 20-year-old daughter of Renee and Israel Morales in the San Bruno PG&E gas pipeline explosion, with co-counsel John Feder. We were the second case to go to mediation resulting in one of the highest settlements in history. We also accompanied Renee Morales to the PG&E criminal trial over 5 years later.
Wrongful death of 94 year old petite grandmother who ran out into traffic in the middle of the block between parked cars against a red light. Our accident reconstruction expert found no liability- zero-against the driver who hit her.
Partial finger amputation of 8-year-old boy with comparative fault.
Plaintiff was an 85-year-old man attending a weekly Rotary meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Livermore. He slipped on wet tiles and broke his femur in four places.
Plaintiff slipped and fell on nacho cheese on the floor at a U.S.F. basketball game, injuring his knee and resulting in arthroscopic surgery.
Wrist fracture arising out of pedestrian/auto accident, no surgery.
Carbon monoxide poisoning case where clients, living in a ranch home in west Marin County, had only one day of exposure and no residual symptoms.
Bicyclist suffered broken wrist injury requiring multiple surgeries in no liability case.
Race car professional suffered neuropathic leg pain when race car driver backed up into him, while standing at metal table in hangar.
Homeowner slips on unsecured tarp in her foyer after coming downstairs and sues her general contractor doing her kitchen remodel. Homeowner suffers a severe elbow injury with surgery.
Cyclist gets doored by rideshare car. Bruising and scarring near eye and hand.
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