No event is quite as upsetting as the wrongful death of a loved one. But along with the emotional impact, wrongful death can bring financial upset and loss of daily support. In California, those most affected by the wrongful death of a loved one may be permitted to filed a lawsuit.
State statute dictates who may file a wrongful death lawsuit. Under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60, the following family members of a victim – or their personal representatives – are permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit:
It is also important to keep in mind that in most cases, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the death. Please do not wait to speak with a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney about a potential claim.
Those entitled to file a wrongful death claim may do so in any number of situations in which the loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional wrongful action. In special circumstances, a lawsuit may be successful without showing a defendant’s wrongdoing if a strict liability statute applies to the action.
A claim can arise out of a:
These are just a few examples of situations leading to wrongful death claims. If you have reason to believe someone was at fault for the loss of your loved one, speak with an LA wrongful death attorney to discuss your situation.
California law recognizes the right of next of kin to recover for the losses that they suffer because of the loss of their loved one. This includes both economic damages, such as medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost income, and other financial support, as well as non-economic damages like lost companionship.
Wrongful death is sometimes confused with a survival claim, which seeks recovery on the deceased person’s behalf. In a wrongful death case, a survival action may be included to recover pain and suffering or other losses if the person survived the injury for some amount of time. Outside of wrongful death, a survival action may bring unrelated claims that the lost loved one was entitled to pursue before he or she died.
If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one in California because of someone else’s carelessness or intentional act, you do not need to navigate the aftermath alone. Call the Salamati Law Firm today for a private free consultation with a Southern California wrongful death attorney.