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Wrongful Death Attorney in Santa Barbara, CA

Winning compensation, justice and closure for families

At Patterson Law, we understand the devastation of losing a loved one. When that loss is caused by the negligent actions of someone else, it can be particularly painful. Often clients feel they cannot begin to heal until negligent parties responsible for the loss have been held accountable. We cannot bring your loved one back, but we may be able to help you find justice and ensure that your pain is not compounded by financial distress. Santa Barbara wrongful death lawyer Robert Patterson has nearly 35 years of litigation experience, fighting and winning for clients.

Wrongful death cases can be complex, but at Patterson Law, we have the experience, research, investigative and trial skills to build and prosecute the strongest case possible.

Our wrongful death attorney in Santa Barbara has a strong record of winning families compensation, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of protection

Wrongful death suits may be filed for any accident or incident that qualifies as a personal injury claim, including:

Who may file a wrongful death suit

Wrongful death laws in California only allow certain people with specific relationships to the deceased to file claims for compensation. Listed in descending order of priority for receiving wrongful death compensation, they include the decedent’s:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Children
  • Dependent stepchildren
  • Dependent minors who had been living
    with the victim for at least six months
  • Dependent parents

If none of the above relatives survive, then the following people may make a claim (in descending order of priority):

  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Nieces and nephews
  • Grandparents
  • Children of a deceased spouse
  • Other next of kin

If you have lost a loved one due to negligence, contact an experienced Santa Barbara wrongful death lawyer.

Experienced wrongful death attorney in Santa Barbara

Patterson Law combines the experience of a large firm with the personal attention of a small firm. We primarily serve Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties, though we work with clients from Los Angeles and San Francisco as well. Initial consultations are free. Call us at 888-479-4589 or contact us online.