The Shirvanian Law Firm understands the pain families face after the death of a loved one. Learning that the loss occurred because of a preventable accident caused by negligence or reckless behavior can be emotionally and financially devastating. During this time, it is vital that you work with an attorney who will fight for your family and take matters personally. If you believe your loved one lost their life as a result of another person’s actions, you may have grounds for a wrongful death suit. At The Shirvanian Law Firm, we offer effective representation to the surviving family members of those killed in accidents.
If you have a loved one that was recently involved in an accident that claimed their life, the time to take legal action is now. Do not delay – call The Shirvanian Law firm at (818) 835-5396 or (877) 809-4223 to discuss your options in a free, no-obligation consultation. Our expert wrongful death attorneys understand the pain you are experiencing and are here to help, but you must act quickly to preserve your case. Successful wrongful death suits are built on expertise and dedicated research – which takes time. The sooner you call, the sooner we can act on your behalf. The Shirvanian Law Firm has helped numerous families throughout the Los Angeles and Kern Counties obtain the justice and financial support they require. Let us do the same for you! Call now.
In the state of California, only certain people can file a wrongful death lawsuit for their family member or loved one. Those guidelines can be found in § 377.60-377.62 of the California Code of Civil Procedure.
The codes state that any of the following individuals can file a wrongful death lawsuit:
If there is no surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children, the following parties may file a claim:
While multiple parties have the right to file a wrongful death claim, only one lawsuit per wrongful death is allowed. So, for example, a surviving spouse and a surviving stepchild cannot file separate actions.
In order to qualify as a wrongful death, a person’s fatal injuries or illness must meet certain requirements, such as:
Not everyone can file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of a person. Under California law, only the deceased’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children can file a claim. If none of these people exist, the person’s parents, siblings, nieces or nephews, grandparents, and other relatives are then able to file a claim. While you may have to prove your relationship in order to file a claim, this is easily done through birth certificates, marriage licenses, and other records.
Keep in mind that wrongful death lawsuits in California are subjected to a statute of limitations, found in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1. If nothing is filed within this time, you may be legally barred from filing a wrongful death claim for the incident. While there are some exceptions to this rule, such as finding out at a later date that the death was caused by another person’s wrongful actions, it is best to file sooner rather than later.
The emotional healing process after the death of a loved one is different for every person and nothing can speed it up. However, heavy financial and emotional burdens can surely slow it down.
Thankfully, wrongful death claims can ask for compensation for the many different losses that result from these tragic incidents. Financial compensation can be sought to pay for:
Additionally, if the party at fault violated laws or caused the death by acting extremely recklessly, punitive damages may also be levied against them. Payments for these fines go to the survivors.
By proving both that the at-fault party was responsible for the incident and that the losses you are claiming are legitimate, you can receive fair and full compensation that will lift these heavy burdens off of you and your family.