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Wrongful death cases involve the death of an individual who was killed as a result of negligence or wrongdoing by another party. In California, the survivors of a person killed in this manner may seek monetary damages for the loss of their loved one. Wrongful deaths may come about through traffic accidents, drowning, falls, poisoning, fires and other burn-related incidents, construction site accidents, criminal attacks, through medical malpractice, toxic chemical exposure, work-related exposure to hazardous conditions or substances, airplane, train, or bus accidents, or other events. If you have lost a family member through negligence or intentional wrongdoing by another anywhere in the state of California, it is highly recommended that you consult with a California wrongful death attorney at our firm at your earliest opportunity.
California Wrongful Death Cases
Usually wrongful death cases are filed on behalf of the surviving spouse, children, or parents of the person who died. Damages that may be recovered on behalf of the survivors are financial compensation for medical and funeral expenses incurred, lost financial support of the deceased person, loss of services or companionship provided by the deceased, lost prospects of inheritance, and pain and suffering. Where cruelty has played a part in the death, punitive damages may be awarded by the jury or court.
Wrongful death cases have a statute of limitations, which means you must file your claim or lawsuit within a certain time period. The general statute of limitations in such cases in California is two years following the date of the death. This may vary, however, based on the party responsible for the death. In a medical malpractice case, for example, the statute of limitations may be one year. It is important to discuss your case with a California wrongful death lawyer at the firm so that an accurate determination of this issue can be made.
Contact a California wrongful death attorney at the firm if you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or misconduct of another.
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