Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman changed its name to Wisner Baum in January 2023.

Wrongful Death Lawyer Proven Track Record of Success

Reasons to Choose Us:

  • You Won't Pay Unless We Win
  • Over $4 Billion Won For Our Clients

San Francisco Wrongful Death Attorneys

Compassionate Counsel for Grieving Families

When another party’s negligence causes a death, the surviving family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the at-fault party (or parties) accountable. A successful wrongful death claim may result in compensation for the harm caused, including, funeral and burial expenses, the loss of love, society, protection, and companionship, as well as lost income. As of January 1, 2022, California allows for recovery of the compensation the decedent would have been entitled to for pain and suffering caused by the negligent party.

A wrongful death lawsuit also forces the at-fault party (or parties) to confront any negligence that may have contributed to the incident, which will help prevent future incidents from happening again.

Retaining an experienced San Francisco wrongful death lawyer is the best way for the surviving family to pursue a successful claim and receive maximum compensation owed under the law. At Wisner Baum, we understand that participating in a lawsuit may be the last thing you want to do when you are grieving, which is why we work hard to make it as easy as possible for you. We take a compassionate approach to your needs but an aggressive approach to advocating for you against any at-fault party.

Contact Wisner Baum online to schedule a free consultation with a San Francisco wrongful death attorney.

Types of Wrongful Death Cases

When an individual or company causes the death of another person through an intentional or unintentional wrongful act, the decedent is considered to have suffered a “wrongful death.” When choosing legal representation, it is essential to look for attorneys skilled in wrongful death law and the type of accident/incident at the center of your case.

Wisner Baum’s team of trial lawyers has represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims across a wide variety of practice areas, including:

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Generally speaking, the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit belongs to the closest relative (or relatives) of the decedent but these laws vary in each state:

  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Children
  • Dependent step-children
  • Minor(s) living with the decedent for six months or more
  • Dependent parents

If none of these people can file suit, the right to file moves to:

  • Parents
  • Siblings and their children
  • Grandparents

If you believe you have grounds for a case, even if you are unsure, consult with a San Francisco wrongful death lawyer to learn more about your legal rights. Acting quickly to pursue a case helps ensure that key pieces of evidence are preserved and that important information to bolster your case is not lost.

Furthermore, there is a time limit (statute of limitations) for how long you have to file a wrongful death action. California allows grieving families two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim.

How Hard Is It to Prove Wrongful Death?

All wrongful death plaintiffs (those filing suit) must show that the defendant (the party being sued) was liable “by a preponderance of the evidence,” which simply means that the defendant is more likely to have been responsible for the decedent’s death than not. In this way, wrongful death cases differ from criminal homicide cases, which require that the defendant must be proven guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Still, this does not mean a wrongful death defendant will be any more willing to admit fault. Many parties and their insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid or limit their liability in a wrongful death case. Hiring an experienced law firm will strengthen your case and increase your chances of full compensation for all your losses.

Compensation for Wrongful Death Cases

The value of your case depends on several factors. Wrongful death claimants seek compensation for damages like funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the loss of comfort, love, society, guidance, protection and companionship, among others. In many cases, the decedent suffered severe pain and suffering caused by the negligent party. California now allows recovery for the amount that would have been owed to the decedent had he or she lived.

It is important to remember that the surviving family also loses the financial help that the deceased earned. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the projected loss of income from the deceased can be awarded for the duration of the decedent’s expected life span or the family member bringing the claim, whichever is shortest.

Call (855) 948-5098 for a free consultation.

Call a San Francisco Wrongful Death Lawyer

At Wisner Baum, we put our clients first. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases. Nothing can truly make up for the loss of someone you love. We aim to hold the negligent party fully accountable so that you can gain some peace of mind knowing justice was served.

Our wrongful death attorney team has a reputation of winning high-profile cases, a few of which include:

  • $15,000,000 settlement for a truck that hit and severely injured a pedestrian
  • $7,000,000 verdict for a truck crash that ended in a wrongful death;
  • $2,800,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a train passenger;
  • $1,800,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a tour bus passenger; and
  • 75 more truck accident settlements of $1 million or more

Call (855) 948-5098 today to speak with a San Francisco wrongful death lawyer in a free and no-obligation case evaluation. We accept cases across the state and nation, with offices in Los Angeles, Larkspur, Bakersfield, Ontario, Sacramento, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.

Contact Us Today

No Fees Unless We Win
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • +1
    Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please enter your city.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co. $2 Billion
  • Pharmaceutical Settlement $105 Million
  • Whistleblower Settlement $18 Million

    $18 million settlement for Boeing government overcharging on aircraft maintenance

  • A Major US Plane Crash $17.5 Million
  • Commercial Truck Accident $15 Million

    $15 million settlement for a person gravely injured by a major truck company

  • Commercial Truck Accident $8.5 Million

    $8.5 million wrongful death verdict against food industry company, Tyson Foods

  • Best Law Firms 2023
    Best Law Firms 2023

    A ranking in The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” is widely regarded by both client and legal professionals as a significant honor. It is considered the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

  • The Truck Safety Coalition
    The Truck Safety Coalition

    Wisner Baum is proud to be a sponsor of The Truck Safety Coalition, a a group of caring individuals dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes. Our support enables them to help families and save lives.

  • California Powerhouse
    California Powerhouse

    Law360 recognizes law firms that have a strong regional presence, working on important matters within their home state. “[Wisner Baum] possesses a David v. Goliath-sized slingshot while seeking justice for everyday citizens it believes were harmed or killed through corporate wrongdoing.”

  • Elite Trial Lawyers
    Elite Trial Lawyers

    NLJ and American Lawyer Media honor law firms and attorneys as Elite Trial Lawyers for their cutting-edge legal work on behalf of plaintiffs in practice areas ranging from mass torts to securities litigation.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers
    Listed in Best Lawyers

    Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

  • AV Top Ranked Law Firm
    AV Top Ranked Law Firm

    Less than one-half of one percent of firms across the nation have achieved this ranking. A firm must have a high percentage of lawyers who have achieved the prestigious AV® Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

  • Verdicts Hall of Fame
    Verdicts Hall of Fame

    The National Law Journal inducted Wisner Baum into the Verdicts Hall of Fame for obtaining the $2 billion landmark verdict in the Roundup cancer case of Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto. The verdict was #1 in California and #2 in the U.S. in 2019 and is #9 in American history.

  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers

    Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    National Trial Lawyers Top 100

    The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 recognized the law firms of Wisner Baum, the Miller Firm and Audet & Partners with the 2019 Trial Team of the Year award (in the Mass Torts category) for their work in the groundbreaking case of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson v. Monsanto Company.

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
    AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

    An AV® rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. The rating signifies the highest legal ability, and very high adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.

  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
    Avvo 10.0 Rating

    Wisner Baum is proud to have all of its lawyers listed in Avvo, a legal directory connecting people in need of legal services with lawyers and connecting lawyers to lawyers. Eight of our attorneys have earned a 10.0 perfect rating with Avvo.

  • Top Jury Verdict in <br> CA and USA
    Top Jury Verdict in
    CA and USA ranks our $2 billion verdict in Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto as the biggest verdict in California and the second largest verdict in the U.S. in 2019. It is the ninth largest verdict in U.S. history.

  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers
    Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers

    Published annually, the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list recognizes the “best of the best” in this area of the law through nominations, research, and review by a board of their peers.

  • Product Liability Practice Group of the Year
    Product Liability Practice Group of the Year

    In 2020, Law360 honored the law firms ”behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry.” It recognized our success in several landmark cases.

  • Top Personal Injury Jury Verdict in California
    Top Personal Injury Jury Verdict in California

    In 2018, our $289 million Johnson v. Monsanto verdict was the largest personal injury verdict in California. also ranked it #2 among all verdicts in California and #10 in the nation.

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
    Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

    The Bar Register is the definitive guide to the most distinguished law firms in America. It includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.


Firm Reviews

What Our Clients Are Saying
  • I Can’t Imagine a Better Law Firm

    “Multiple lawyers recommended Wisner Baum to me and I have been consistently impressed with the quality of their work.”

    - Best Law Firms Survey
  • They Are About Changing the Systems...

    “Wisner Baum are not only amazing attorneys but more importantly, they are activists. They are about changing the systems which got us into trouble in the first place. They understand their role in the process of making change.”

    - Kim Witczak
  • Top Legal Minds in the Country

    “The Wisner Baum firm has some of the top legal minds in the country; they are driven, determined, trustworthy, ethical and passionate.”

    - From Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms
  • Diligent & Professional Representation

    “Thanks to your efforts I was able to recover from a tragic experience and turn my life around for the best.”

    - W.T.
  • Our Best Interest Was Always Number One on Your List

    “A special thank you to your Spanish-speaking staff for the extra effort put into this case. The language barrier was never a problem, and we are so very thankful to them. Your name holds much respect in our family.”

    - G.C. & C.C