Wrongful Death

Los Angeles Wrongful Death Lawyers

Compassionate Legal Support for Wrongful Death Claims in California

We understand that wrongful death can shatter a family’s life in moments. And while no amount of money will ever make up for the loss of a loved one, we are here to help clients in the greater Los Angeles area hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence. Sadly, wrongful death can result in financial hardships and substantial stress for the family that is left behind. With our reliable guidance and extensive resources in your corner, you can pursue compensation and justice for a preventable accident that resulted in the death of your loved one.

Call Stephan Filip today at (323) 433-6715 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our wrongful death attorneys in Los Angeles.

Understanding Wrongful Death in California

Wrongful death occurs when another person or entity’s negligence or willful act results in the fatality of one or more people. Under California law, the surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession can file a claim for wrongful death. A successful wrongful death claim can not only bring the at-fault party to justice, but it can also result in reimbursement for burial and funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and loss of future income.

Leading Causes of Wrongful Death Incidents

Wrongful death can happen almost anywhere and be caused by anyone, from multi-car pile-ups on public roads to workplace accidents arising from various safety violations. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include:

Eligibility for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

Wrongful death claims are not restricted to immediate family members. Eligibility to file a wrongful death claim can extend to individuals who are directly impacted by the loss. In California, those who are typically eligible to file a wrongful death claim include:

  • Surviving Spouse and Children: The surviving spouse and children of the deceased are usually the first in line to file a wrongful death claim.
  • Domestic Partners: In cases where the deceased and their partner were registered domestic partners, the surviving partner may have the right to file a claim.
  • Parents: If the deceased had no surviving partner or children, the parents of the deceased could be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
  • Dependents: Any person who was financially dependent on the deceased may be qualified to file a wrongful death claim.

In such challenging times, having a legal advocate who understands the emotional and legal complexities of wrongful death cases can make a substantial difference. We are committed to providing unwavering support, personalized attention, and effective legal representation for our clients.

Potential Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

When pursuing a wrongful death claim, it is critical to understand the potential damages that could be recovered. Damages that could be recovered in wrongful death claims may include:

  • Economic Damages: Medical expenses incurred before the victim's death. Funeral and burial costs. Loss of the deceased's future income and financial support.
  • Non-Economic Damages: Pain and suffering that has been experienced by the deceased before their passing. Loss of companionship, care, and guidance for surviving family members. Emotional distress suffered by family members.
  • Punitive Damages: In instances of extreme negligence or intentional harm, punitive damages may be awarded to penalize the responsible party and deter a similar manner in the future.

Statute of Limitations for Filing Wrongful Death Claims in California

The statute of limitations in California for wrongful death claims is two years from the date of death. However, if the cause of death isn’t obvious and is discovered at a later time, then the statute of limitations can be extended from the day the negligent act was discovered so the deceased’s family can file a wrongful death lawsuit.

If the wrongful death was caused by a government agency or government employee, then a tort claim must be filed within 6 months. Otherwise, the case will be dismissed.

Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorneys in Los Angeles Today

If you have lost a loved one and believe you have a claim for wrongful death, then it is important that you speak to our legal team in Los Angeles as soon as possible. We are here to listen closely to all of your concerns and review your situation. We understand that losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, but with our legal team on your side, you can pursue justice and potentially prevent such accidents in the future.

To schedule your free case consultation with Stephan Filip, please call (323) 433-6715 or contact us online with our Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers.

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