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Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is never easy. The situation is made more challenging when your family member’s death was the result of someone else’s negligence. Although pursuing compensation for your loved one’s death can never make up for their absence, it can help you handle much of the financial burden that you’ve been left to deal with.
If you believe your parent, spouse, or child’s death was caused by the careless, reckless, or intentional misconduct of another, get in touch with Frish Law Group, APLC right away. Our Woodland Hills wrongful death lawyers have a proven track record of recovering 100% of what our clients are owed.
Our experienced personal injury team handles wrongful death cases arising from all types of accidents, including:
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Under California wrongful death laws, only certain parties are able to file a wrongful death claim.
You may file a wrongful death lawsuit if you are:
The decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, or child
The grandchild of the decedent (only if the decedent’s children are deceased)
A minor child who received at least 50% of their financial support from the decedent
Any other person entitled to the deceased’s property by intestate succession
The personal representative of the deceased’s estate
Types of Damages You Can Recover
Compensation awards for wrongful death claims are intended to provide heirs the financial support they could have reasonably expected to receive had the decedent continued to live. Such an award can cover both economic and non-economic losses.
Through a wrongful death claim, you can pursue compensation for a range of damages, including:
The decedent’s medical bills
Funeral and burial expenses
Loss of the decedent’s financial support
Loss of health insurance and other benefits
Loss of the value of household services
Loss of companionship and support
To recover compensation for these damages, you must file a wrongful death claim within 2 years of the date of your loved one’s death. Filing after the deadline usually results in a claim being denied.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The statute of limitations to file a wrongful death claim in California is two years from the date of your loved one’s passing. This means you have only two years to file a claim or you will most likely lose your right to file and recover compensation. It’s worth noting that the date of your loved one’s death may be different from the date they suffered the injuries that led to their passing. Exceptions to this rule exist that can change the amount of time you have to file. Contact Frish Law Group, APLC our firm today to speak to an attorney about your case.
Let Our Attorneys Handle Your Case
Following a fatal accident, you will likely be contacted by someone else’s insurance company. You can know for certain that they do not have your best interests in mind. By working with our Woodland Hills wrongful death attorneys, you can have an advocate who can protect your rights and ensure you receive a fair and full settlement. Whether through negotiation or litigation, our legal team is committed to pursuing the best possible outcome for you and your family.