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There is nothing more heartbreaking than losing a valued family member, regardless of the circumstances. It is all the more terrible when the victim dies in the prime of his or her life, at a time when others, including spouses, children, and even parents, rely on the dead for emotional and financial support.
After someone is murdered as a result of another party’s carelessness, misbehaviour, or criminal activities, a wrongful death case may be brought. In most situations, surviving close family members will have the ability to sue for damages.Wrongful death cases often depend on evidence from a criminal conviction to establish the at-fault party’s responsibility. However, the culpable person does not necessarily have to be guilty of a crime. Consider O.J. Simpson. He was not convicted of murder, but was subsequently held accountable in civil court for the wrongful death of the persons charged with murder.
Generally, only close family members can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. However, because there are other possible parties who may be eligible for a claim in certain circumstances, it’s important to review your case with a qualified attorney. An experienced wrongful death attorney can evaluate your relationship to your loved one and help determine whether you have a valid legal claim.
California’s wrongful death statute permits the following surviving relatives to bring a wrongful death action:
Such people include:
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Even though the loss of a loved one is always a tragedy, it will only qualify a family for a civil case in particular situations, such as when the person was a minor. First and foremost, the death must fall within the scope of the state’s definition of wrongful death. According to Section 377.60 of the California Code of Civil Procedure, wrongful death is defined as death caused by the unlawful conduct or negligence of another person. Your family member’s death will only be eligible for compensation if someone else was responsible for or significantly contributed to the death, such as a drunk driver or a negligent doctor.
Second, you must be inside the time frame set by your state’s statute of limitations. In the majority of circumstances, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you do not meet this deadline, it is possible that an attorney may be unable to assist you. With just a few exceptions, the courts in Los Angeles routinely deny late cases on the basis of principle. If you are unsure whether or not you have missed the deadline to file your lawsuit, you should consult with an attorney for clarification.
A wrongful death attorney will know how to conduct your lawsuit in order to increase your chances of success.
California law grants some survivors the right to sue for wrongful death. If the dead was married, the surviving spouse may sue. If the deceased has children, they may also sue.
If the deceased was married but had no children, his or her parents may sue.
If the deceased has no living children or parents, his or her siblings may sue for wrongful death.
Almost certainly; 90 percent of wrongful death claims are settled before going to trial.
The majority of legal concerns need lengthy responses. The answers given here may not be comprehensive or correct, but they are intended to help customers with quick responses. Consumers should read other articles in this area of the website, explore other legal publications and books on the topic, or speak with an attorney for more extensive answers to these queries.
The following family members (or their personal agents) are permitted to file a lawsuit under California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60:
Survivors’ spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren (if the deceased’s children are also deceased), other minor children (such as stepchildren) who were financially dependent on the deceased for at least 50% of their support, and anyone else who would be entitled to the deceased’s property under California’s intestate succession laws.
Our experienced car accident attorneys have a proven track record of helping our clients obtain meaningful compensation. We leverage our legal knowledge and negotiating skills to make sure insurance companies offer fair and reasonable settlements. If an insurer refuses to cooperate, we are fully prepared to litigate your case in court. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call our office today for a free consultation.
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