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Have You Wrongly Lost a Loved One?

Product Liability & Wrongful Death Attorneys

Personal & Compassionate Counsel in California

If you have recently lost a loved one due to a defective product, you could be faced with one of the most emotional and tragic experiences of your life. We strongly believe that no one should have to endure the pain of losing a loved one prematurely, especially if an accident that caused the untimely death of your family member could have been prevented.

We provide our clients with the following:

  • Close and caring legal advocacy
  • Special attention to needs, emotions, or confidential family matters
  • Listening ears and supportive shoulders to lean on every step of the way

Our California wrongful death attorneys believe that "this is your firm." This means that we exist solely to advocate on behalf of our clients. The success of our clients is our success. We collectively gather all of our resources and efforts in order to represent our clients to the fullest extent which has helped us achieve top-dollar settlements and verdicts time and time again.

Want to learn how we can help you? Contact Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation by calling (866) 884-1717.

Proven Record of Results

We understand that no paycheck or settlement will ever be enough to compensate for the loss of your loved one. We do believe that our efforts can help your family through the grieving process, however. You can focus on recovering and healing, while we help take care of all the expenses that have been wrongfully forced upon you as a result of someone else's negligence.

Some of our recentcase results include:

Child Wrongful Death: $12 Million
Child Wrongful Death: $7 Million
Wrongful Death:$1 Million

Because we believe in personalized legal representation, we take the time to truly get to know you, your family, and your story. Understanding your needs and goals allows us to pursue the fullest recovery possible. Moreover, we refuse to settle for less than what you deserve.

Serving Victims & the Bereaved Throughout California

Product liability essentially puts the manufacturer or seller of a product at fault when that product causes serious injury or death. A product liability attorney can help you if your loved one has been tragically killed by using a defective product or piece of machinery. Our lawyers know that you are dealing with an overwhelming legal matter and approach your case with the utmost respect and confidence.

If your loved one has been killed due to a defective product, hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in product liability law. Our attorneys have helped countless clients that have suffered from the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of a company. Tragically, many deaths may have been prevented if the product had been tested more thoroughly.

Compassionate and Knowledgeable Services

Attorney David Shoop has helped many families recover the compensation they were due from the companies responsible for their loved one's death. There are many different types of product liability wrongful death cases and different laws may apply. The best thing for you to do is speak with an attorney at your earliest convenience.

Although your loved one cannot be brought back, obtaining the justice you deserve and the compensation your family needs to get through this difficult time may assist you greatly. We offer a free consultation to all of our clients so that they can get started on the course of action best suited for them immediately. Our attorneys are ready to assist you in this difficult time.

Call our firm today to get the justice you deserve.

WHAT TYPES OF DAMAGES CAN I RECOVER IN A WRONGFUL DEATH CASE?

The wrongful death lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation handle all manner of wrongful death claims. Attorney David Shoop recently resolved a wrongful death case in Northern California for $3.5 million. The lawyers at the firm discuss, below, the types of damages generally recoverable in wrongful death claims and cases.

The damages analysis in wrongful death claims begins with the victim. For example, different types of damages are recoverable for a death of an adult as opposed to a parent's recovery for the death of a (minor) child.

In the State of California, there are plain-language jury instructions, often referred to simply as, "CACI" (California Civil Jury Instructions). CACI 3921 discusses at length the types of damages recoverable for the wrongful death of an adult. Generally, if the jury has decided at the end of a trial that the plaintiff has proved his or her case as against the defendant(s) for wrongful death, the jury will next be tasked with a determination as to the amount of money that will serve to reasonably compensate the plaintiff for the death. This monetary compensation is referred to as "damages."

These damages comprise two categories, called "economic damages" and "noneconomic damages." Economic damages include, but are not limited to:

  • Financial support that the decedent would have contributed to the family unit either during the life expectancy of the decedent
  • The loss of benefits or gifts that the plaintiff could have expected to receive from the decedent
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • What is commonly referred to as the "reasonable value of household services" that the decedent would have provided the family.
  • Moreover, the award of any future such economic damages are typically reduced to present cash value.

Another item of damages, called non-economic damages, are also recoverable in wrongful death actions. These non-economic damages include, most significantly, the loss of the decedent, family member's love, companionship, comfort, care, protection, affection, society, moral support, training and guidance. Take a minute to consider those words.

Think about what they mean. Think of the value they ascribe to familial relationships and the important role your loved one's fill in your daily life. Obviously, no set standard exists for deciding these amounts of non-economic damages. Jurors are asked to use their best judgment in determining a reasonable amount to compensate for the loss of a loved one based on the evidence and "common sense." The wrongful death lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation believe that corporate defendants typically undervalue these types of damages in death cases.

Wrongful death cases involving a parent's recovery for the loss of their minor child are not dissimilar, and are governed in California by CACI 3922. As with an adult wrongful death case, should the jury decide at the end of a trial that the plaintiff has proved his or her case as against the defendant(s) for wrongful death of the minor child, the jury will next be asked to determine the amount of money that will serve to reasonably compensate the plaintiff parent for the death of the child.

The economic losses are calculated in a substantially similar fashion in that the jury will consider the value of the financial support that the minor child would have contributed to the family during either the child's life expectancy before death or the life expectancy of the plaintiff, whichever is shorter; the loss of gifts or benefits that plaintiff could have expected to receive from the minor; as well as funeral and burial expenses; and t he reasonable value of household services that would have been provided. Again, the jury's award of any future such economic damages will typically be reduced to present cash value.

The most significant damages, of course, in the wrongful death of a child involve noneconomic damages for loss of the child's love, companionship, comfort, affection and society, to name a few. Here again, jurors are asked to use their best judgment in determining a reasonable amount to compensate for the loss of a loved one based on the evidence and "common sense."

The attorneys at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation are experts in the handling of wrongful death cases. In our experience, these cases are undervalued by manufacturers and corporate defendants, and we do not rest until you receive maximum compensation for your losses.

HELPING FAMILIES SEEK JUSTICE FOLLOWING THE WRONGFUL DEATH OF A LOVED ONE

If you have lost a loved one because of a defective medical device, a dangerous/recalled consumer product or a devastating motor vehicle accident, you need a law firm that has proven itself as a tireless advocate for victims' rights. You need Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation.

While no amount of money can ever replace a lost family member, a significant legal recovery can help ensure that the parties responsible for your love one's death are held accountable ― meaning other families may not have to experience the same horrors as you.

Our firm has secured some of the largest settlements on record in various counties in California regarding wrongful death matters, primarily because we strongly believe that these cases are undervalued by insurance companies and product manufacturers.

STRENGTH, EXPERIENCE AND COMPASSION ― OUR PROMISE TO YOU

What can you expect from the lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation? In three simple words: STRENGTH, EXPERIENCE and COMPASSION.

Not only do our attorneys have extensive experience handling all aspects of wrongful death cases involving product liability, premises liability, severe auto crashes and general negligence, but we also understand how difficult it can be to deal with a loved one's passing. Simply put, we truly care about helping you and your family rebuild your lives, meaning your case will get the personalized attention it deserves.

No matter the circumstances, we will work tirelessly to help ensure that your family receives the compensation to which you are entitled, including damages to cover your loss of financial support as well as funeral and burial expenses, among others.

ACT NOW ― TIME MAY BE RUNNING OUT

Given the many types of product liability and wrongful death cases ― not to mention the many statutes of limitations that may apply ― you need to contact us as soon as possible to discuss your potential claim. We offer FREE consultations.

So call us toll free at (866) 884-1717, or reach out online. We help families throughout the Los Angeles area and nationwide.

What You Can Expect

When You Become A Client
  • Results-Oriented Counsel

    Our firm has been recognized nationally and locally for achieving landmark results, including multi-million dollar recoveries!

  • Experienced Legal Advocates

    Our team draws on more than 35 years of combined experience to help represent clients to the fullest extent of the law.

  • Client-Centered
    Service

    Our client services are focused on you, your rights, and your best interests. We proudly give the innocently injured a powerful voice.

  • Complimentary Consultation

    You can get started on your case today by giving us a call. We would be happy to review your case at no charge or risk to you.