Wrongful Death


Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more tragic than losing a loved one.  The pain is even deeper when their death is caused by someone else’s inattentive behavior or negligence.

Newby Law understands that in your time of anger, disbelief, and grief, the last thing you want to do is consult with an attorney.  But, we approach all our cases with a sense of compassion, integrity, and expertise.

California Law does provide a framework for recovery of “damages” if we can prove that your loved one’s death was caused by the negligent acts of another.  It is hard to measure the “value” of a life, but California Law is also specific on the types of recoverable damages in a wrongful death action, which include:

  • Financial contribution decedent would have made should he or she survived
  • Loss of decedent’s services, advice or training
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of love, companionship, comfort, affection, solace or moral support

Emotional distress can also be recoverable if the family member qualifies as a “direct victim” or “percipient witness” of the death-causing event.  Budavari v. Barry (1986) 176 CA3d 849.

Persons who are entitled to bring a wrongful death action include the surviving spouse, children of the deceased, parents of the decease, and in some instances, distant relatives.

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“She is the best of her field.  We’re so lucky to work with her!  No surprises.  Everything’s prepared and documented.  Full of knowledge and experience.”  — Tammy and Anne N.

Newby Law obviously cannot bring your loved one back. But we can approach your loss with a sense of compassion, intelligence, and advocacy to bring you closure. Attorney Debra A. Newby also takes a “think outside the box” approach toward wrongful death cases and has orchestrated Memorial Scholarships and other creative acts to honor and remember your loved one.

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If you believe the death of your family member was caused by the negligence of a person or company, please contact our office at 707-303-5062 for a free consultation. We handle wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we receive a legal fee only when we are successful on your behalf.


If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, Debra Newby can help! CALL 707-303-5062 NOW to schedule a free consultation.