Wrongful death cases, involving loss of life, are among the most tragic and important cases. Wrongful death cases can also be legally complicated and difficult. Only limited categories of relatives are allowed to bring a wrongful death case for the loss of a loved one. Very often, time is of the essence in order to preserve your rights when a loved one dies. The attorneys at Haddad & Sherwin LLP have the knowledge, skill, and experience to successfully handle many types of wrongful death cases. Contact us if you or someone you love has lost a family member in questionable circumstances.
We have won many wrongful death cases for children, spouses, and parents of sons and daughters killed by police, security guards, dangerous products, and dangerous conditions. We have uncovered cover-ups of suspicious deaths, bringing closure, compensation, and justice for families. We know how to uncover the truth to protect and prevent others from suffering tragic wrongful death.
Contact us today to get a free consultation with an experienced, Oakland-based police misconduct attorney. We handle cases throughout California, including the Bay Area, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, North Coast, Central Coast, Central Valley, and more!
$8.3 Million for Jail Death — Largest Wrongful Death Civil Rights Settlement in California State History
After over four years of litigation and finishing the first week of a 10 week trial, Alameda County and Corizon Health, Inc., a national for-profit jail health care corporation, have ended a wrongful death civil rights case by agreeing to pay $8.3 mi...
$5 Million Settlement + Reforms for Death of 51-year-old Mentally Ill Man
$5 Million Plus Police and CPS Reforms for Child Abuse Death of 3-year-old Girl
Three-year-old Kayleigh Slusher died from preventable child abuse and neglect at the hands of her mother and mother's boyfriend, who are serving life sentences for her murder. This lawsuit brought accountability, along with significant reforms, to t...
$3.5 Million Wrongful Death, Police Shooting Recovery
Won a $3.5 million settlement for the widow and son of an undercover Oakland police officer mistakenly shot and killed by fellow officers, and also won an appeal in that case making it harder for defendants to escape responsibility for their civil ri...
$2.7 Million Settlement in Environmental Justice Case
Represented dozens of mostly African-American homeowners who were sickened by industrial pollution from a toxic waste site in their neighborhood. This long-fought case was brought in the 1990's against a toxic waste processing company and it...
$2.6 Million Settlement for Family of Man Killed in Botched SWAT Raid
$2.6 million was paid to the family of 31-year-old Rogelio "Roger" Serrato Jr., who was killed when members of the Monterey County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team set fire to his Greenfield, California, home with a flash-bang stun grenade during their a...
$2.5 Million Settlement for Police Shooting of Boy Hallucinating on LSD
Santa Cruz County and the City of Capitola paid $2.5 million to settle this case before trial where they caused a 15 year old boy, who they knew was experimenting with LSD, to be shot and killed. This case was brought by Luke’s parents and sister (Haddad & Sherwin LLP represented Luke’s father, Ian Smith)
$2.2 Million Plus Policy and Training Changes after Fresno Police Shoot Man in Back
The Fresno Police Department paid $2.2 million to the parents of Jaime Reyes, Jr., who was shot in the back as he fled police. Police recovered an unloaded stolen gun, wrapped in a plastic bag in his pocket. In addition to compensation, the FPD agree...
$2.15 Million Settlement for Death of Disabled Woman Killed by Police
$2.15 million wrongful death settlement for the death of Irma Dela Torre, who was shot in the back by Salinas police. From this settlement, $1.6 million went to Irma's 79-year-old mother in Mexico, represented by Haddad & Sherwin; her recent husband...
$2.1 Million Settlement for Man Killed by Security Guards’ Improper Restraint
$2.1 million settlement was reached in 2010 for the four daugters of a man killed by store security guards after he had shoplifted a few dollars worth of merchandise. Security guards chased the man into the parking lot where they tackled him and pil...