Dealing With a Wrongful Death in California
A wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligence or reckless act of another individual or entity. California wrongful death can be attributed to a person, a company, or a product. The wrongful death charge is not only material to the individual who lost his or her life, but also to anyone who relied on that individual for support, or who would stand to inherit property or belongings as a result of the individual’s passing.
Some people confuse wrongful death with medical malpractice, or even murder. The main difference between them is that wrongful death is determined through a civil suit while murder must be determined through a criminal proceeding. Wrongful death is more about damages while malpractice is focused negligence. You can, however, have medical malpractice without a wrongful death, and vice versa.
Have You Been in a Woodland Hills Bicycle Accident?
Or anywhere else for that matter. Although we are kids when we first learn how to navigate our neighborhoods on a bicycle, mastering that simple task provides us with an accomplishment that we can enjoy throughout the rest of our lives. Even as we age, we are never too old to appreciate this simple pleasure.
But every year bicycle riders put their lives on the line while riding. As a result, they often become injured by automobile drivers who aren’t paying attention. If you’ve been involved in a Woodland Hills bicycle accident, or anywhere else, you should talk to an attorney about the legal remedies that are available to you.
Bicycles Are Invisible
The dangers are the same for bicycle riders as for those who ride motorcycles. Automobile drivers are looking out for other automobiles, not two-wheeled vehicles. A bicycle doesn’t provide much of a visible presence on the road, and therefore can easily become involved in an accident – usually due to no fault of the rider. Since bicycles are required to share the same roads as automobiles, there are bound to be unfortunate incidents where the two come together.
Today We Congratulate One of Our Own
All of us at The Mandell Law Firm are proud to announce that one of our partners, and our lead litigator, Robert J. Mandell has been selected as among The Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice Plaintiff Attorney’s for 2012 in California.
This designation is a very prestigious award where candidates are selected from the top professionals in the state based on MedicalMalpracticeLawyers.org’s stringent six-point scoring system. To make it even more impressive, Robert was selected based on individual medical malpractice trial performance in the previous 24 months as well as peer reviews.
This award is reserved for the most elite medical malpractice professionals in the state of California as it only applies to less than 1% of practicing attorneys.
Part Two of a Two-Part Series
You might reasonably ask yourself, “Why should I hire a personal injury attorney?” There are a lot of good reasons, but for one – insurance companies love to see plaintiffs who are not legally represented. This means that, not only can they utilize their own expert legal staff against you, but they can drag out the proceedings to the point that you may well settle out of court simply in sheer desperation.
If you are forced to hold out long enough, you may have to take whatever they offer just to recover something, and get on with your life. But you should also know that an insurance company is under no obligation to settle with you.
Another reason why you should never represent yourself is the complexity of the process. You will be required to answer every request for information and documents and you must be able to do so in a timely manner. Insurance companies are well-versed in the law. You’re not. They know this, and they use it to their advantage.