What Handling Death Cases Means To Me
The sudden death of your loved one after an accident is one of the most painful things you will ever have to endure.
You are not alone.
I am Renée Yvonne Gardner, a wrongful death and death benefits lawyer.
Wrongful death is when a third party caused your loved one's death
Death benefits is when a work accident or illness caused your loved one to pass away. *
I am here for you, to help you get through this most difficult and unanticipated time in your life.
Your loved one's death is absolutely devastating. The intense emotions that fill you right now may overwhelm and debilitate you or even numb you. You may be left wondering what you should to do. This tremendous pain you feel right now is called grief; it can leave you completely incapacitated and unable to function.
Trying to process the idea of never seeing your loved one again during this lifetime is indescribably intense and paralyzing. Your cherished loved one was taken from you, it's not their fault, and this has left an immeasurable void in your life. Your love for your precious family member will never go away.
Through no fault of your own, now you are left with only memories, instead of the comfort that comes from knowing your dear and irreplaceable loved one is by your side through all the trials and tribulations of daily life.
I am here to be your voice.
In your name, and in the name of your loved one whose life was taken much too soon, want to hold the wrongdoer accountable for what they did. They must be held to task for their actions that led to the unfair and unjust loss of your adored family member.
I became an attorney to champion these types of cases. Decades ago, when I entered the legal profession as a paralegal, one of the first cases I worked on was that of a vibrant young woman who travelled from Mexico to Watsonville to visit her very best friend.
This young woman was full of hopes and dreams. Her hope was contagious; her smile lit up the room and her joy radiated to those all around her. Her parents beamed with pride at their daughter's ambition. This girl was the gem of her family and she was going to be somebody.
She got good grades and was determined to succeed by pursuing her studies as a first generation college student. Her family was so proud of her - chasing her dreams and brimming with optimism.
During her visit, the young woman's best friend's car broke down. They waited for help on the side of the road. An 18-wheel trucker at the wheel of a big-rig fully loaded with logs fell asleep at the wheel, causing a violent crash that injured and killed that beautiful girl. Her life was stolen by a man who fell asleep at the wheel after he chose to drive when he was tired.
The trucking company wasted no time at all in scurrying to hide what really happened and protect themselves economically. The truck driver lied about the accident and so did the trucking company, conspiring to cover their tracks and escape responsibility. After a fight, their efforts failed and the family was vindicated.
The girls family was comforted by knowing that the wrongdoers were not able to escape - - they were held to account for what they did. The wrongdoers learned that their efforts to run away from the reality and gravity of the damage they caused would never be tolerated nor would it be allowed.
Working on that case changed my life - it created within me a deep passion to champion for the survivors whose family members were taken too soon through someone else's fault. As a wrongful death lawyer, I am honored to say that I have been the voice of many survivors.
Throughout the years I have fought for my clients as a wrongful death attorney, my wrongful death clients have frequently told me that they felt a sense of relief when someone who caused so much harm was finally made to pay for it in the way the law allows. They often say there is a measure of comfort when the wrongdoer is made to be held accountable instead of escaping from responsibility for the incalculable and preventable loss that they caused.
When I represent the family of someone who was taken too soon because someone else made a mistake, I want to see their pictures. I want to learn all about what the person who passed away meant, and will always mean, to their family.
I can not do anything to bring back your precious loved one.
But, I can get to the bottom of what caused your beloved's death, and work hard to build a case against the wrongdoer. As the survivor who is grieving the loss of your loved one, you have a right to take legal action and I hope that you will.
Your loved one's life must be vindicated - I stand at the ready to be your voice and fight for justice during this sudden and most difficult of circumstances.
I champion wrongful death cases in all of the below counties and in all the below places.
Death benefits cases get fought at the Workers Compensation Appeals Board pertaining to each county.
*=Making a false or fraudulent workers compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.