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Santa Ana Wrongful Death Attorneys

Helping Surviving Family Members in Santa Ana Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim against an at-fault Person or Entity

In the State of California, wrongful death occurs when a person dies as a result of someone else’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence. The decedent’s survivors – or the personal representative of the decedent’s estate – bring a wrongful death claim in a California civil court and make a claim for damages against the person or entity who caused the accident.

Dealing with the recent loss of a loved one can be difficult enough without having to deal with litigation. The experienced Santa Ana wrongful death lawyers at Hess & Nghiem could handle all of the legal aspects of any wrongful death claim you decide to file, allowing you time to grieve for your lost loved one. Please call us today at (657) 333-5726 or contact us online to learn more about how we could assist you with pursuing your wrongful death case.

Who is Eligible to Make a Wrongful Death Claim in California?

In the State of California, there are certain designated individuals who may be able to bring a wrongful death claim. Those individuals include the following:

  1. The surviving spouse of the deceased individual
  2. The deceased individual’s domestic partner
  3. The surviving child or children of the deceased individual

If there is no surviving individual in this line of succession, then any person who might have a claim to the decedent’s property via intestate succession (e.g., the decedent’s parents or siblings) could make a wrongful death claim on the decedent’s behalf.

Moreover, if certain individuals were financially dependent upon the decedent during his or her lifetime, then these individuals might also be eligible to bring a claim for wrongful death. Those individuals include the following:

  1. The decedent’s stepchildren
  2. The decedent’s parents
  3. The decedent’s “putative spouse,” as well as the putative spouse’s children

Potential Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

Monetary damages are the only way of compensating individuals who file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a deceased loved one. As part of a wrongful death claim, the estate could pursue monetary compensation for all of the following:

  1. Burial expenses
  2. Funeral costs
  3. Hospital bills and other medical expenses for the decedent’s last injury or illness
  4. Lost wages, including potential lost earnings which the decedent would have likely earned if he or she had survived

Surviving family members could also pursue the following damages as part of a wrongful death claim in Santa Ana:

  1. The reasonable value of the deceased loved one’s household services
  2. Loss of the decedent’s attention, love, moral support, affection, and guidance
  3. Loss of the decedent’s expected financial support, had he or she survived

Speak with a Santa Ana Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

The knowledgeable legal team at Hess & Nghiem is ready to assist you with all aspects of your wrongful death claim. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Santa Ana wrongful death attorney, please call us at (657) 333-5726 or contact us online to learn more.

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    I was referred to Phil and Ed by a good friend after my two prior lawyers dropped the ball on my case. I was viciously assaulted at a bar. Phil and Ed took my case on and it was night and day. They stood up for me and kept in regular contact. I never had to guess what was going on with my case. They conducted a thorough investigation and collected crucial evidence that helped prove my case. Initially, the bar refused to take responsibility but eventually the bar relented after the job Phil and Ed did. Ultimately, the case resolved favorably for much more than I expected. Thanks so much again Phil an Ed!

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    Not backing down, Phil and Ed pressed forward and never once compromised our position. After the insurance company kept increasing their offer and wanting us to negotiate, Phil and Ed refused to relent and accept anything less than what we initially asked. Basically, their response each time to the insurance company was pay our original demand or we are going to trial. It worked! Eventually, after bidding against themselves, the insurance company finally offered to pay the original amount we wanted. I couldn’t be more impressed with the way Phil and Ed handled my case. They really stood up for me and took on a case that was by no means a simple one. Thanks again fellas!

    Mark W.
    Personal Injury
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    I can’t say enough great things about Phil Nghiem. He was on my case from the minute I called him. He got things handled from day one immediately and made me feel supported and taken care of. His office staff was the same way, replied to every email immediately and addressed all of my concerns. I got into a car accident and called him, and I am SO GLAD I did. He got me the compensation I was entitled to and fought for me and my well being the whole way through. He took are of everything so that I just had to worry about getting my health back. He and his staff really care about YOU and do not treat you like another name in the book. They help you step by step and always keep you in the loop. I can’t thank him enough for helping me through this excruciating ordeal.

    Kahiwalani M.
    Personal Injury
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    I’d like to start off by saying that Phil is incredibly passionate about what he does, he’s very kind-hearted, and he genuinely cares for his clients. I was struck by a hit-and-run driver, who was fleeing from the police in a stolen vehicle with no insurance. Given the circumstances of my car accident, Phil was able to negotiate an incredible sum to be paid out by my insurance. It made my day when he was able to share the news. Most attorneys would have settled earlier in the case for significantly less. Overall, I had a pleasant experience and the end of my investigation was a success. Thank you again Phil, I am eternally grateful for everything that you’ve done for me.

    PS. Phil’s office is quite the drive for me, but he’s very accommodating and we managed to make things work with EASE. So don’t hesitate to contact him regardless of where you’re from because he’ll take care of you.

    Shawn N.
    Car Accident
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    I was involved in a rear end accident and was referred to Phil from my chiropractor. Honestly I was nervous to take on an attorney because I was already overwhelmed by everything involving the accident but Phil really put me at ease. He took the time to explain things to me in a way I could understand and wasn’t pushy at all for me to hire him. I’m really glad I chose Phil because I literally didn’t have to worry about anything after that meeting. He set me up with one of his associates named Bri and she was always so quick to respond whenever I had questions. On top of that they worked hard to reduce my other fees and got me a nice settlement too! I’m thankful for all the help they provided and will definitely use them again if I ever need it.

    Yen P.
    Car Accident
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    I’m so glad I hired Phil to help me after my car crash. My car was totaled after a driver ran a red light and struck me. For days, I didn’t have a car to get to work and school. Finally, I decided to hire an attorney and eventually found Phil. He immediately got to work. My accident happened at an intersection where there was a restaurant. Phil personally went out to the restaurant and obtained video footage that captured the crash showing that I was not at-fault. I couldn’t believe that he actually did this. He then helped me get into a rental and get medical treatment. I am completely satisfied with Phil. He truly went above and beyond to get me through this difficult time in my life.

    Richard B.
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