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Written by attorney Steven Ronald Kuhn | Nov 30, 2010

California Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims Overview

Orange County, California is not the most dangerous county for auto accidents statistically in Southern California, but this is true only because the worst of the worst surrounds it. That ignominious distinction belongs to Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. However, the fact that Orange County is slightly less deadly than its neighbors brings little comfort to the people who drive on local roadways and witness Orange County auto accidents every day. Accidents can result in injury or death for which compensation may be available. In the state of California, the law relating to claims for the loss resulting from wrongful death is a creature of statute and it may often be found complicated or even unfounded. One of the most conflicting decisions to make in law regarding wrongful death is determining who is allowed, or has standing, to bring a lawsuit.The standing is the right to bring a wrongful death action and that depends on statutes that deal with the order in which the surviving people are entitled to the belongings of the dead. Typically, siblings, parents, and other family members of the victim have standing to bring a suit, but there are complex rules with some exceptions to determine who is able to recover damages. California wrongful death statutes state that the decedent's survivors, living dependents and/or beneficiaries can recover monetary damages through wrongful death lawsuits in certain situations. Damages can be addressed only after standing has been determined. Never forget that damages in these and other personal injury actions can be generally classified as economic or non-economic. Economic damages are intended to cover funeral expenses, burial expenses, medical expenses and lost support in a wrongful death claim. They include medical expenses, loss of earnings and property damage in personal injury cases. Non-economic damages include the loss of relationship between surviving loved ones and the deceased in wrongful death cases and pain and suffering in personal injury cases. Statues and case decisions do not permit the recovery of punitive damages in wrongful death actions. However, this is not the case if the defendant is convicted of a felony homicide connected with the death. Getting injured in a California bicycle accident requires bicycle accident attorneys experienced in this area of law. Steven Kuhn provides free consultation on how to recover money for serious personal injuries from bike incidents in San Juan Capistrano, Orange County and California. Steven Kuhn has extensive experience in all areas of Personal Injury law. He is a lawyer and principal with the Law Offices of Steven R. Kuhn & Associates, a legal firm with Personal Injury expertise located in the San Juan Capistrano area of Orange County, in Southern California. Personal injury attorneys deal with insurance companies every day and know how to communicate with the claims adjuster. They also have the negotiating skills and expertise to get you what you are entitled to. How - How do you file a personal injury claim? First, make sure you have all of the information you can get about the event. Then, go to an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can file your claims for you and fight for what is rightfully yours. Hire - Hire an experienced personal injury attorney. After an accident, the best way to protect yourself is to retain a personal injury attorney. Personal injury attorneys practice a specialized part of civil law, specifically when someone has been injured due to another's actions. They can determine if your injury warrants damage recovery from the other party and to what amount. Personal injury attorneys make sure you are paid the full amount you are owed due to the negligence of the other party. There are many reasons why it is best for you to obtain legal representation after an accident. Settlements offered by insurance company representatives for the responsible party are hired to pay you as little as possible while avoiding any legal accountability. Personal injury attorneys provide you with the experience you need to win your case and the perseverance to make sure you get what you deserve.

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