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San Diego Wrongful Death Attorney


And getting our clients the compensation they deserve

Death caused by the negligence of another is called "wrongful death" because it's wrong.

Family members deserve compensation. We’re tough, expert, wrongful death lawyers serving San Diego and have a 95% success rate in obtaining a monetary reward for our clients.

Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by a family whose family member has died due to the negligence or misconduct of another. However, these lawsuits are often confusing and intimidating. Read on for more information on wrongful death and your legal rights if a family member dies.

Wrongful death lawsuits should not be confused with criminal cases. Wrongful death cases take place in civil court and are suits in which a family seeks financial compensation for the loss of their loved ones. They are not criminal cases.

Damages in wrongful death lawsuits can cover loss of consort or association and might include pain and suffering of the family or the lost wages of the family member who died.

Often it is up to the court to determine who is even eligible to file such a lawsuit. In some states only spouses may file, but laws vary from state to state and jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Clear and convincing evidence is necessary to win your lawsuit.

The amount that can be recovered in an individual’s wrongful death lawsuit depends on the ability of the family to bring clear and convincing evidence that the death was caused or contributed to by the individual or entity being sued. Often, a victim’s assailant can be tried first in criminal court, then brought to civil court. The civil trial, if any, is completely independent of any criminal action.

These issues are extremely emotional and legally complex. Thus, it is recommended that families who believe their loved one has died due to the negligence or misconduct of another immediately contact an experienced personal injury lawyer with expertise in such cases.

If someone  is to blame for the death of your loved one, hold them responsible.

The wrongful death attorneys here at the Elia Law Firm are relentless in the pursuit of the maximum compensation in wrongful death cases here in San Diego .

We are well-respected personal injury attorneys with a long track record of successful settlements in a variety of personal injury cases, including those that involve wrongful deaths caused by auto accidents, defective products and slip and fall accidents.

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The attorneys here have personally handled San Diego wrongful death cases ranging from a single fatality incident to a multiple fatality incident. We understand and respect the pain and suffering of our clients, and relish the chance to help such clients gain closure after the death of a loved one and get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for more information on wrongful death lawsuits and your legal rights. 

Don’t delay. Time is critical. The sooner we go to work, the sooner you get the compensation you need and deserve. Call (619) 444-2244 today or submit the form on this page for a free consultation. No fee until we win!

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"Steve Holly, and Garrett are all exceptionally professional people to work with. I had a very serious and complicated Bodily Injury case, where it seemed like there was a new hurdle to overcome every month. I have no doubt that the Elia legal team worked tirelessly on creative solutions, which ultimately led to a victory in the courts. After this case consumed 2 years of my life, I am so relieved to have it over and done with. There are no words that could truly encapsulate my appreciation, and gratitude for this law firm. I would highly recommend this group to anyone in need of their services."

Frequently asked questions regarding San Diego wrongful death cases

The value of your case depends on many factors. Every San Diego wrongful death case is different.  Contact our office at (619) 444-2244 for accurate advice on the value of your case.

You pay us only IF we recover compensation for you through a settlement with the insurance company or a verdict through the court. If we do not recover compensation for you, you do NOT have to pay us for our time.

This depends on the extent of your injury. Typically, a San Diego personal injury case takes anywhere from two to eight months. Sometimes, cases take longer if they are more complex or if a lawsuit is filed. See our personal injury lawsuit timeline page for all the details on how long your case may take.

Not necessarily. Sometimes you are far better off without filing a lawsuit. Our San Diego personal injury law office typically files a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, if any. We then attempt to negotiate with the insurance company. If you are dissatisfied with the insurance company’s offer, we may decide to file a lawsuit.

  • Property damage
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more…

Putting a monetary value to each of those is what wrongful death attorneys do for their clients, and then we fight hard to attain you what you deserve. As in all San Diego wrongful death cases, you are up against a behemoth in the insurance company which does not have your best interests in mind. They goal is to pay you as little as possible, and you are at a disadvantage if you try to take them on yourself. There is no need. That’s what we are here for. Let us fight the battle. 

Some of our achievements…

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$4.0 M

MVA vs. Pedestrian


MVA vs. Pedestrian vs. Hit & Run (maximum insurance policy limits obtained)


$3.9 M

Auto Accident


Settlement for a rear end car crash resulting in catastrophic injuries


$3.8 M

Wrongful Death


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$2.0 M

Premises Liability


Premises Liability


$1.7 M

Wrongful Death


Wrongful death case (limited insurance – multiple claimants)


Numbers have been rounded up to fit in allowable space. For actual numbers see our Case Results.


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If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you may deserve compensation. Don’t go it alone. It’s very likely an attorney can get you more and get you fully compensated. 

Request a free phone consultation now. Find out what your case is really worth! We will also send you our “20 ways you can ruin your case” PDF to print out and help you even more!