Wrongful Death Attorney

Our wrongful death attorneys are here for you.

Amicus Legal Group offers compassionate yet aggressive representation for families who have lost relatives due to negligence. We understand that life can change in an instant and are committed to holding responsible parties at fault. While we have litigated hundreds of cases, we strive to treat each client as if they were family, being there at each step of the process during this sensitive time.

Surviving family members can file a California wrongful death claim if the decedent passed away due to an accident caused by negligence, intentional or not.

We handle the details. You focus on your family.

Wrongful death laws permit family members to pursue an out-of-court settlement or civil judgment against the liable person or entity. As these claims are highly technical and complex, enlist the experience of a wrongful death attorney.

Receive a free consultation with our legal team today by calling (888) 588-1777 or by sending us a note here.

Recover the compensation you deserve

Californians owe a duty of care.

In general, you have an actionable wrongful death claim in California if:

  • The defendant owed your family member a duty of care

  • He/she breached that duty

  • The breach resulted in your loved one's death

  • Your loved one's death resulted in out-of-pocket and future financial losses

Types of Wrongful Death Accidents

A family member's wrongful death is a traumatic event. Not only is there is a significant amount of grief that accompanies the loss, but dealing with insurance companies, opposing parties, and going to court is the last thing you want to deal with.

Amicus Legal Group will represent your family in wrongful death matters involving:


Increase your odds of winning compensation in your wrongful death claim.

Depending upon the circumstances of your case, criminal charges can be filed against the person(s) who caused your loss. You can file a civil claim for compensation, whether criminal charges were filed or not.

Increase your odds of winning compensation in your wrongful death claim.

Depending upon the circumstances of your case, criminal charges can be filed against the person(s) who caused your loss. You can file a civil claim for compensation, whether criminal charges were filed or not.

Amicus Legal Group has experience obtaining compensation for:

  • Medical expenses

  • Hospice care

  • Funeral & burial costs

  • Loss of anticipated benefits

  • Loss of companionship

  • Punitive damages

  • Lost income & future earnings

  • Loss of household services

Fight the Insurance Company

Insurance companies take cases we handle seriously, as they know that we prepare each case as if it was going to trial. Our attorneys have represented insurance companies prior to devoting their practice to representing accident victims and their families. Because of our experience, we are intimately familiar with the tactics used by insurance companies to avoid paying out on wrongful death claims.

The insurance company only has one agenda – to resolve your claim for the least amount possible. They hope you will make the mistake of trying to represent yourself, as that could lead to your claim being denied or resolved for less than what it is actually worth. Industry studies show that settlements for claimants who are represented by an attorney are 40 percent higher than those without a lawyer.

Who can file a wrongful death claim?

Wrongful death laws permit these individuals to file a claim.

California limits the parties who can file a wrongful death claim. Surviving relatives, in order of legal, familial relationship, are permitted to obtain compensation on behalf of the decedent's estate and for distribution amongst heirs:

  • Spouses

  • Adult children

  • Parents

  • Siblings

  • Step-children

While spouses and children take precedent in filing a claim, other relatives may file a claim if none exist.  Your attorney can advise as to who is the best person to file the claim. Keep in mind that, no matter who files the claim, all monetary awards recovered go back to the estate, to be distributed by the personal representative.

Schedule a Free Consultation

Amicus Legal Group wants to help your family through this challenging time. You should not have to fight with the insurance company while dealing with emotional trauma.

Fees are calculated on a contingency basis which means that we only get paid if we recover money on your behalf.  Request a free consultation with us by calling (888) 588-1777, or by sending us a message here.

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Client Testimonials

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John-Paul is well known in our community as a smart and effective criminal defense lawyer who is sensitive to his clients’ situations and responsive to their needs. I refer my clients to him with confidence when they need help with the criminal justice system.
Lawrence Brock

Attorney John Paul-Serrao helped us to win our case against the insurance company after we were involved in a traffic accident where our car was rear ended, we tried to handle it ourselves with the insurance company and they did not want to cooperate with us, so we hired Mr. Serrao and he was able to get us a settlement above with the insurance company was willing to pay. I would highly recommend him.

Lupe G.

Mr. Serrao worked on my DUI charge earlier this year and all I can say is WOW! Not only did he keep me updated with the case but his knowledge of the process helped calm my nerves, which was very important to me. He showed care for me as a client and I can’t thank him enough. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a quality criminal defense attorney.

Derrick J.

John-Paul took my civil case when no one else would because other lawyers didn’t have confidence in my daughter who has special needs to testify, if needed. John-Paul won her case against the school district without a jury because he cared about my child, believed she was honest and deserved justice. He still doesn’t mind taking my calls whenever I have a question regarding her case.

Dionne L.

John-Paul is a superb attorney. He was my mentor when I was in law school, and now as an attorney I still go to him for advice on complex cases. When my brother required representation I referred him to John-Paul. That is how highly I think of JP as an attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs representation.

Kit Westbrook

John-Paul is an extremely effective criminal defense attorney. The one thing that makes him stand out from other defense attorneys is that he talks to his clients to learn the circumstances surrounding their incident and then he makes a forceful and articulate argument in defense of his clients. I recommend my clients to John-Paul when they are in need of a criminal defense attorney because I know he will stand up for them.

Stephen Rinka

Occasionally you meet another attorney who is so impressive both personally and professionally that you want to be affiliated with them in any way you can both personally and professionally. That is how I feel about John-Paul. I not only consider him one of the finest attorneys I know, but I now proudly call him my friend. He is among the very best.

David Booth

I had the pleasure of working a very large scale drug case with Mr. Serrao, representing co-defendants. Mr. Serrao was a pleasure to work with. Highly skilled and very aggressive in his advocacy on his client’s behalf. I highly recommend Mr. Serrao for anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney.

Babak Farahan
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