Wrongful Death

If a family member has passed due to the actions of someone else, you and your family should consider filing a wrongful death claim. At Weltin, Streb & Weltin, our team of experienced Bay Area wrongful death attorneys can help you and your family recoup a portion of the damages you and your family have incurred. While no amount of money will bring back your loved one or make up for their loss, receiving a cash settlement can reduce your financial burden as well as bring closure and justice to you and your family.

Wrongful death claims are classified as civil lawsuits. These are separate from the criminal case that determines the penalty for the perpetrator. To claim wrongful death one must be an immediate family member to the deceased victim. However, in some circumstances the deceased victims’ parents or close relatives have been able to file a wrongful death claim. These claims however can only be made if there is some sort of wrongful conduct that caused the victims death. Wrongful conduct could be referred to as intentional such as murder or assault or unintentional in reference to charges of death caused by negligence such as auto accidents or medical malpractice.

A wrongful death claim is filed primarily to recover any monetary damages that were incurred to the victim or family. The claim is not intended to collect for pain or loss of the victim or to punish the perpetrator who was at fault for the crime. The wrongful death is meant purely for monetary compensation for the family. These monetary expenses can be totaled from lost wages of the deceased, funeral and medical expenses for the victim as well as the estimated cost of losing the guidance and support of the victim. The majority of wrongful death cases involve substantial monetary damage payments to the victim’s family.

Our team of Oakland wrongful death attorneys at the offices of Weltin, Streb & Weltin are highly skilled. We have successfully handled wrongful death cases that have exceeded payments of $1 million. We have the team and resources to see a difficult wrongful death case through to the very end, while handling it with the sensitivity and care that the case deserves. Contact us today for a free consultation at (501) 251-6060.