Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit in California?

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Wrongful death occurs when a life is lost in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Following a wrongful death, certain parties may be entitled to seek compensation for funeral expenses, lost income, and related damages.

The best way to determine if you are able to file a wrongful death claim is through a one-on-one consultation at our Redondo Beach office. During this conversation, we will listen to your story, provide honest information about your options, and help you choose the best way to move forward.

Family in front of grave. Wrongful death

Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim?

In the state of California, a wrongful death claim can be filed by:

  • A spouse or domestic partner
  • Children and adopted children

In cases where neither partner nor children are available, a wrongful death claim may be brought by other parties who have a legal claim to the property of the decedent, including:

  • “Putative” spouses
  • Siblings
  • Stepchildren
  • Parents

Because wrongful death law is so complex, it is best to work with an experienced attorney every step of the way. At Kirtland & Packard, our compassionate wrongful death lawyers work to protect families dealing with loss while we fight tooth and nail for every penny due.

Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

You only have two years to file a wrongful death claim in California, making it important that you act quickly. Call us at 310-536-1000 to set up your free consultation and learn how we can help.

What Kinds of Damages are Awarded in Wrongful Death Claims?

There are a number of damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death claim. These include:

  • End of life medical and funeral expenses
  • Projected future wages
  • Lost retirement and 401k benefits
  • Loss of anticipated future financial support
  • Loss of community (affection, moral support, guidance, etc.)

Some of these damages, like funeral expenses, are set, making it fairly simple to determine their worth. Others, however, like loss of community, are more nuanced and may require a jury verdict for full compensation.

Standing by your side every step of the way, your wrongful death lawyer from Kirtland & Packard will steer your case in the direction that is most likely to result in the best reward. We fight for families dealing with the untimely loss of a loved one and are prepared to take your case as far as needed to help secure the compensation you will need to remain comfortable and cared for in the future.

Do I Have a Wrongful Death Claim?

The best way to learn if you have a wrongful death claim is through a one-on-one case evaluation at our Redondo Beach office. During your consultation, we will review your claim free of both cost and obligation to help you find the best solution for your family.

Please call 310-536-1000 to schedule your consultation today. Located in Redondo Beach, Kirtland & Packard welcomes clients from all surrounding South Bay communities.