Skilled representation for wrongful death lawsuits

If you’ve recently lost a loved one before their time because of someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover financial compensation. E&L, LLP, is here for grieving families to guide them through the legal process. You can trust our firm to get you the justice that you deserve.

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Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

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:

  • Surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • The decedent’s children

If there is no surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children, the following parties may file a claim:

  • Other dependents of the decedent
  • Putative spouse
  • Children of the putative spouse
  • Stepchildren
  • Parents

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.

How much time do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Like most personal injury and other negligence claims, plaintiffs have two years from the date of the victim’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This two year time period is known as the “statute of limitations.”

What type of compensation could I be entitled to?

Wrongful deaths can warrant financial compensation to cover a number of costs as well as emotional needs.

Compensation for these types of cases is always different, but usually falls into the following categories:

  • Medical Expenses – Accident-related expenses incurred prior to the victim’s death
  • Funeral Expenses – Expenses related to the funeral, burial, or memorial of the victim
  • Other Economic Damages – Any expenses incurred as a direct result of the death of the loved one, such as loss of income
  • Noneconomic Damages – Any emotional damage, such as pain and suffering or loss of companionship, resulting from the victim’s death. In California, there are no caps on how much noneconomic compensation a plaintiff can recover, except in medical malpractice cases

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