Modesto Wrongful Death Attorney

Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult, regardless of how their death occurred. However, if you have lost a family member due to the negligent or intentional actions of someone else, turn to the team at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger today. Our Modesto wrongful death lawyers will thoroughly investigate your case so we can obtain maximum compensation for your loss.

Why choose Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger?

When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, turn to a compassionate and experienced attorney for help. Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger is ready to stand by your side.

  • Our Modesto wrongful death attorneys have been helping families in this area for more than 60 years.
  • Our lawyers have recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of clients and their families.
  • We have the resources necessary to conduct full investigations into these claims in order to prove liability.

We understand their families in these situations may not have the resources to pay for an attorney up front, which is why we take Modesto wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients pay no legal fees until after we secure the compensation they deserve.

How do Modesto wrongful death cases arise?

At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our Modesto wrongful death lawyers have helped families who have lost a loved one in a variety of ways. We regularly handle cases involving:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck driver negligence
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Premises liability (property owner negligence)
  • Defective or dangerous products
  • Work accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Defective machinery
  • Medical malpractice
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect

Who can file a wrongful death claim in Modesto?

California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 outlines who is allowed to file a wrongful death claim. When looking at the law, we can see that the following family members may be able to file a lawsuit after the loss of a loved one:

  • A spouse or domestic partner
  • Children of the deceased if there is no surviving spouse
  • Grandchildren of the deceased if there are no children
  • Stepchildren who were dependent on the deceased
  • Other parties who would be entitled to the deceased’s property (California intestate succession laws)

In general, family members must file a wrongful death claim within two years from the date of their loved one’s death (per state statute of limitations). This time limit may vary depending on the cause of death (medical malpractice, criminal actions, etc.).

Types of compensation available in these cases

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or intentional actions of another person, company, or entity, you may be entitled to various types of compensation for your claim. At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, we have extensive experience helping clients recover compensation in these cases. This includes a $52 million jury verdict after a propane tank explosion caused a death and a $5.5 million settlement from a motor home manufacturer after a product defect caused a death.

Let us investigate your claim so we can obtain full compensation for your loss, including any loss of future income and benefits of the deceased, loss of companionship and consortium damages, pain and suffering damages, and possible punitive damages against the negligent party. When you need a Modesto wrongful death attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (415) 889-2919.