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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.

Our Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys recognize how devastating the sudden loss of a loved can be, especially when the cause was someone else's carelessness.

Because wrongful death claims can be some of the most personal and emotional legal matters to work through, it is crucial to ensure the legal team you work with is one you can completely trust and rely on.

Reasons why clients trust us to handle their wrongful death claims:

  • We have handled numerous multi-million dollar cases
  • Our clients owe us nothing if we do not help them secure compensation
  • We will fight tirelessly to restore justice on behalf of your loved one
  • Our clients are provided with free initial consultations

Our team understands the difficult times the families we work with are going through, and we ensure each and every client is provided with a high level of compassionate support, personalized attention, and attentive service.

Proven Record of Results

We understand that no paycheck or settlement will ever be enough to compensate for the loss of your loved one, however, we do believe that our efforts can help your family through the grieving process. 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 recent case 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.

  • Wrongful Death Settlement $24,000,000
  • Child Wrongful Death $12,000,000
  • Child Wrongful Death $7,000,000
  • Wrongful Death $2,500,000
  • Wrongful Death $1,000,000

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California?

Parties who may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in California include:

  • Surviving spouse or domestic partner: The surviving spouse or domestic partner of the deceased party may file a wrongful death lawsuit to help seek damages associated with the loss. This can include the expenses they paid for the funeral or medical costs, as well as losses they experienced from the potential of lost future earnings.
  • Surviving children: This is important as children are often dependent on their parents for a number of things. For some, when a child loses a parent to wrongful death, taking legal action means seeking damages for lost financial support, as well as lost guidance, love, and affection.
  • Parties who may be entitled to the intestate succession: In some situations, the deceased party may not have a surviving party in line of descent—no surviving spouses or children. In this case, there are other parties who may bring forth a wrongful death lawsuit, such as those would generally be entitled to intestate succession. This includes the parents and siblings of the deceased party—if they are still alive.

Some special situations may allow other individuals who are financially dependent on the decedent to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This includes stepchildren and a putative spouse, and the children of the putative spouse.

At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, our dedication lies in helping families in their times of need. Losing a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence is an unfortunate situation that nobody should have to deal with alone, and we’re here to help.

Our Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys make sure you understand what rights you have and how to protect them during this complex legal matter. We’re ready to stand by your side every step of the way so you can focus on your family while we focus on your legal matters.

What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Wrongful Death Case?

The Los Angeles 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.

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.

Recovering Damages for the Wrongful Death of a Child

The loss of a child is always a tragedy. When these deaths are due to dangerous products that parents believed were safe for their infant, baby, or child, then legal action is called for. While no amount of money can replace the loss of a child, the tragic nature of these cases absolutely demands accountability from the responsible manufacturers.

At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, our legal team understands the seriousness of these claims and the need our clients have for justice. We have dedicated our firm to helping those who have been needlessly injured by others—especially by product manufacturers who have put their bottom line before the safety of their consumers.

Products commonly associated with child wrongful death cases include:

  • Drop-side cribs
  • Walkers
  • Sleep positioners
  • Baby co-sleepers
  • Crib tents
  • Crib bumpers

Many of these crib products even claim to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but the fact of the matter is that the FDA has never approved any baby product to reduce the risk of SIDS. While no specific product has been linked to causing SIDS, blankets, pillows, or other designer sleep accessories have been found to only increase the risk of strangulation, suffocation, and other injuries.

Wrongful death cases involving a parent's recovery for the loss of a child 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 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."

Don't Wait. Get Started on Your Case Today.

The statute of limitations limits the amount of time you have to file your claim. It the accident involved a public entity, you only have six months to have your claim settled or, if it was a private individual, you have two years from the date of death.

While you can never be fully compensated for the loss of a loved one, a settlement of your claim may allow time for you to heal. We stand ready to do everything possible to obtain some justice for you.

Call Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation today to speak to our experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers during a free consultation

Putting Our Clients First. Always.

Working With Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Results-Oriented Counsel

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

Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    This exclusive admission is only by invitation sent to the premier trial lawyers in the country. The selection process is objective, and is performed in multiple phases, including peer nominations and external research. Only trial attorneys who meet the Top 100 criteria are admitted.

  • The National Law Journal
    The National Law Journal

    The $30,000,000 jury verdict that Mr. Shoop won has been certified as the Third Largest Personal Injury Verdict awarded in California in 2018. The verdict in this case, Anaya v. Superior Industries, was featured in Law 360. This verdict has also been featured in the National Law Journal as being one of the TOP 100 VERDICTS of any kind in the entire United States for 2018.

  • Top 20 Jury Verdicts California
    Top 20 Jury Verdicts California

    Mr. Shoop obtained what has been certified as one of the Top 20 Jury Verdicts in the entire State of California for 2018. The verdict won by Mr. Shoop in this wrongful death matter was issued by a unanimous jury.

  • Top 50 US Jury Verdicts
    Top 50 US Jury Verdicts

    Mr. Shoop’s 2017 unanimous jury verdict in a Premises Liability case has been certified as the 18th largest Premises Liability Verdict in California for 2018. The verdict has also been certified to be on of the 50 largest Personal Injury Verdicts in the entire state for 2018.


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