Located in Orange County, Costa Mesa is part of a jurisdiction with an injury accident rate that if the third highest in all of California. Nearly 800 car accidents occur in Costa Mesa annually that result in injuries or fatalities.
Costa Mesa car accident lawyers, like the legal team at the El Dabe Law Firm, provide vital professional assistance to victims of car accidents. This includes people with serious injuries caused by the negligence of someone else as well as family members of n people killed in roadway accidents.
Car Accidents and Wrongful Death Cases
Losing a loved one because of the negligence of another motorist is a devastating event. When this occurs, certain family members may be in a positon to bring what legally is known as a wrongful death case. A wrongful death claim or lawsuit is a type of personal injury case brought by certain surviving family members of a person killed in a car accident.
Examples of family members who can pursue a wrongful death claim include a spouse, child, or parent. There are circumstances in which the estate of the person killed in a car accident may also pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful death lawsuits are highly complicated legal matters. Costa Mesa car accident lawyers can be crucial to aiding a family member in obtaining appropriate compensation after the untimely, unnecessary death of a loved one.
Possible compensation available in a wrongful death case is similar, but not the same, as what is available in other personal injury cases in which there is no fatality. The nature of compensation that may be awarded or available in a wrongful death case depends on the relationship between the family member and the deceased car accident victim. With that noted, types of potential compensation in this type of legal proceeding include:
- loss of companionship
- medical bills and expenses
- funeral and burial costs
- loss of consortium
- loss of income
- emotional distress
Car Accidents and Non-Fatality Personal Injury Cases
Costa Mesa car accident lawyers provide vital assistance in personal injury cases that do not involve a fatality. Personal injury attorneys, like those on the staff at El Dabe Law Firm, will schedule an initial consultation with an injured person to evaluate the facts and circumstances of a case.
A key issue in a personal injury insurance company claim submission, or in a lawsuit, is maximizing the amount of compensation paid to an injured person. Examples of types of compensation commonly awarded in car accident cases include:
- medical bills and expenses
- pain and suffering
- mental distress
- lost wages
- property damage
- permanent disability
Costa Mesa car accident lawyers strive to ensure that an injured person obtains all necessary compensation to satisfy current losses. In addition, a lawyer is tenacious in ensuring that an injured individual obtains appropriate compensation for future losses. For example, medical expenses and lost wages can continue to mount into the future. In addition, pain and suffering experienced by an injured person can persist for an indefinite period of time following a car accident.
Punitive damages may also become an issue if a car accident case ends up being litigated in court. Punitive damages represent money paid in a car accident case above and beyond that associated with basic compensation for losses like medical bills and pain and suffering.
Punitive damages are awarded in a car accident lawsuit when the conduct of the person who caused an accident is deemed particularly egregious. Punitive damages are designed, in part, to punish the person who caused an accident for his or her particularly reckless conduct.
Retain El Dabe Law Firm
El Dabe Law Firm provides experienced, effective representation in car accident cases. The Costa Mesa car accident attorneys at the firm understand the necessary tactics to employ to negotiate even against the most challenging insurance companies. In addition, counsel understands the ins and outs of the California court system, should a lawsuit become necessary. No fee is charged for an initial consultation with one of the Costa Mesa car accident lawyers at the firm.