A wrongful death, in the legal sense, is a death caused by the wrongful act of another. The wrongful act can be the result of intentional or unintentional conduct. Both individuals and companies may be held liable in a wrongful death action. If a loved one has been killed by the wrongful act of another, you and your loved ones can count on the compassionate, yet aggressive, Sacramento & Elk Grove-based wrongful death attorneys at John M. O'Brien & Associates to help during these tough times.

Holding the Wrongdoer Accountable Through a California Wrongful Death Action

While no amount of money can bring your loved one back or take away your grief, California law allows you to seek monetary compensation for your losses through a wrongful death action against the party responsible for your loss. Such an action should be pursued with the aid of a personal injury firm like John M. O'Brien & Associates, which has extensive experience in handling wrongful death cases.

For most survivors, pursuing a claim is not about the money. Instead it's about accountability and deterring the wrongful behavior in the future. For families who have lost their primary breadwinner or the person who cares for the family and home, receiving monetary compensation from a wrongful death settlement can ease the financial burden their loss has caused.

Causes of Wrongful Death

Some common causes of wrongful deaths include, but are not limited to:

  • Falls and other premises accidents
  • Defective products
  • Dangerous drugs and medical devices
  • Medical malpractice
  • Deliberate acts of violence

What Damages Can You Include in a California Wrongful Death Claim?

Both the estate of the deceased and surviving members of the deceased's family who suffered losses may recover compensation for a wrongful death. In California, the estate can claim medical bills for the treatment of the injury or illness that led to the death, funeral expenses, and projected future lost income; individual family members can claim compensation for the value of services the deceased performed in the home, loss of financial support (present and future), and the loss of love, affection, guidance, companionship, and moral support.

Choosing the Right Lawyer

Choosing the right lawyer to represent your family and the deceased's estate is essential. Because wrongful death cases can become complex and damages are sometimes difficult to prove and quantify, you should have an attorney with a significant amount of experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases, preferably one whose practice is devoted entirely to this area of the law. At Martindale.com and Avvo.com, you can learn about a lawyer's credentials, experience, and how he or she is rated by peers in the legal community. Look for an Avvo rating of 10 and a Martindale-Hubbell rating of 5 to ensure you are getting the best quality representation.

Free Consultation With a Top-rated Sacramento Wrongful Death Attorney

If a close member of your family has been killed and you believe another party may be at fault, we invite you to learn about your legal options by arranging a free consultation with an experienced Sacramento & Elk Grove-based wrongful death lawyer at John M. O'Brien & Associates. With a quarter-century of experience in successfully recovering millions of dollars for clients and achieving the highest possible ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo, our client-centered Sacramento personal injury lawyers will provide you with skilled, focused, and result-oriented legal representation. California law limits the amount of time in which you are allowed to file a claim, so don't wait; contact us today and let us begin the process of obtaining justice for your loss.



In December 2015, Sacramento & Elk Grove-based John M. O'Brien & Associates settled a case against a well-known national lube, oil and filter franchise for elder abuse and negligence. Our client was a 93-year-old World War II Navy veteran an… Read more

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Sacramento & Elk Grove-based John O'Brien settled a wrongful death claim for $2.5 million against a major trucking company on behalf of the family members of a man who was killed in a collision caused by a truck driver's negligence.

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Sacramento & Elk Grove-based John O'Brien obtained a $2.3 million jury verdict against an obstetrician for the wrongful death of a 33-year-old mother who died during childbirth.

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In February 2015, Sacramento & Elk Grove-based John M. O'Brien & Associates settled a trucking accident case for the family of a man who was killed when his car was rear ended by a semi-truck driver. While approaching the intersection … Read more

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In January 2016, Sacramento & Elk Grove-based John M. O'Brien & Associates settled a case for the parents of a deceased 22-year-old exchange student from China. On April 10, 2014, the student was riding his bicycle on the way to class at San… Read more


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Common Questions

Plaintiffs who are permitted to file a claim for the wrongful death of a loved one is governed solely by statute and can include the spouse, children and other close re…

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The general statute of limitations in the state of California is two years from the date of the death caused by the “wro…

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We handle all wrongful death cases on a contingency fee, meaning we recover nothing for the time, the expense, the risk we take, or the cost we advance until i…

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There is no downside for a person pursuing a case, with the exception we must put in all of our fee agreements …

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In California, the estate can claim medical bills to treat the injury or illness that led to the death, funeral expenses, and projected future los…

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