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.
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 wrongful
death 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.
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
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.
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