Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Attorneys To Seek Justice For You

The pain and agony that a family endures following the sudden death of a loved one cannot be eased by wrongful death litigation. However, when a loved one dies in a tragic accident, you need answers, you need financial support, you need justice and you need peace of mind. A successful wrongful death claim can provide these things to the surviving family members.

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The San Francisco law firm of is backed by more than 100 years of experience. Through our legal knowledge and compassion for our clients, we can help you and your family in this difficult time. Contact our California law firm to discuss a wrongful death lawsuit with a skilled attorney.

We handle wrongful death lawsuits arising from all types of fatal accidents in California, including:

You Have A Right To Compensation

If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek full and fair compensation for all damages, including funeral expenses, loss of income to the family, loss of consortium (companionship) and other wrongful death damages.

In addition to these damages, a survival action may be brought regarding the personal injuries suffered by the victim prior to a wrongful death. For example, many injuries — such as a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury or a severe burn injury — may lead to the wrongful death of the accident victim.

We Have Helped Countless Families Just Like Yours

A key case of ours involving wrongful death is Stencel Aero Engineering Corp. v. Superior Court, 56 Cal.App.3d 978 (1976). It preserved the ability of the estate of a deceased pilot of a fighter jet to bring a survival action for products liability that included a request for punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant and discourage its conduct. Learn more about our winning record in cases involving serious injury or accidental death.

The Right Lawyer Can Make A Difference In Wrongful Death Cases

Whether you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident or some other type of fatal accident, it is important to carefully consider your decision when selecting an attorney. We take particular pride in cases we have handled that not only provide compensation for wrongful deaths, but also result in changes to the law and improved safety and consumer protection standards.

Contact us for effective legal counsel in a wrongful death action.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Managing Partner

Robert B. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

William B. Smith

William B. Smith

Partner, 1978

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Vehicle Accidents

There are two things to establish in any motor vehicle accident case: the cause of the accident (fault) and the full cost of the injuries and losses. As we prepare your case, we will investigate both of these.


Abuse & Molestation

 Priests, ministers, church officials and workers, coaches, teachers, day care workers, park rangers, and other trusted adults who sexually molest children, ruin lives and cause irreparable psychological damage.


& Serious Injuries

People suffering from a brain injury, spinal cord injury or other severe injury will require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitative therapy and other long-term care.



Claims related to sports and recreation injuries can be complicated. These cases often include issues involving waivers and the “assumption of risk” defense.


& Spine Injuries

When you or a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), life changes dramatically. Even mild TBIs can lead to years of recovery and rehabilitation.


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The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP have more than 100 years of combined experience guiding clients through the legal process.

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