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Wrongful Death Injury Lawyer in Oceanside

Wrongful Death Lawsuits and Settlements

When you’ve lost a loved one, the grief can be almost unbearable, and often accompanied by intense anger towards those you feel are responsible.  Given time, those emotions fade in intensity, but can remain for a lifetime.  So, it’s understandable that family and friends often want justice through a wrongful death lawsuit.  But it’s important to remember that those proceedings are a civil action (not a criminal case), and the laws do not focus on pain and suffering of all survivors.  Yet the losses to family members are real and the Skolnick Law Group, located near Oceanside, is here to represent you with no payment unless we win your case.

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What Constitutes a Wrongful Death?

A person or company can only be held liable in a wrongful death action if they were negligent, reckless, or intended to cause harm.  The most common wrongful death claims come as a result of car accidents along with motorcycle, commercial truck and boating accidents.  Other situations include unsafe workplace and construction conditions as well as product liability cases.

Medical malpractice is another reason wrongful death cases are often filed.  Malpractice cases may involve misdiagnosis as well as errors in surgery or medication.  And a surviving family member may file a wrongful death lawsuit as a result of nursing home neglect or abuse.

Who Has Right to Sue for Wrongful Death?

Only specifically listed close relatives can bring a wrongful death case to court.  In general, that’s surviving family members who lost their loved one.  The person filing must be financially, physically, or emotionally dependent on the deceased.  The estate of the deceased may be legally represented by a specified individual.


What Can Be Included in a Claim?

Laws concerning wrongful death claims are intended to prevent financial hardship for surviving family members.  Settlements include medical and funeral expenses as well as lost wages and lost future earnings.  A large part of the claim relates to compensation for emotional losses such as the loss of love, society and companionship as well as the loss of services from the deceased (such as household maintenance and transportation).

Why You Need a Wrongful Death Attorney

Although your loss is lifelong, there is a limited time within which to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  Handling a wrongful death action is complex, with a lot at stake for all of the parties involved.  Proving liability is difficult, even with strong evidence.  You need an experienced lawyer’s full expertise in collecting and organizing evidence, establishing liability, and prosecuting your case.



Russell S. Kohn and Suzanne Skolnick Attorneys Kohn and Skolnick represented a 60-year-old man in an under insured motorist claim against Farmers. After reduction for the worker’s compensation benefits and the third party recovery, Judge Hoffman’s net award totaled $520,000.

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The Skolnick Law Group

We understand that for someone who has lost a close loved one, the grief can be unimaginable.  So you’ll always deal directly with a wrongful death attorney who is compassionate and determined to get you the full compensation you deserve.  For your convenience we’re just 3 miles from Oceanside and will meet with you on evenings and weekends.  We’ll provide clear thinking while you’re emotionally overwhelmed, and we’re fully prepared to provide you with personal attention throughout the sometimes long haul of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Contact us for a free case evaluation.  We work on a contingency basis where you pay us nothing unless we win your case.

Oceanside Notes

The first European visitors to the location that became Oceanside were Spanish missionaries in 1769.  The area was under Spanish law until 1821, then Mexican law, and finally US law since 1848.  The City of Oceanside is represented in the California State Legislature by the 36th Senate District and the 76th Assembly District.  In the United States House of Representatives the Oceanside area is represented by California’s 49th Congressional District.

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