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What is the Statute of Limitations of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California?

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Do you feel like you have lost a loved one due to the action or inaction of someone else? If so, you may be thinking about bringing a wrongful death claim in California. It is important for you to be aware of the statute of limitations related to these cases. You do not want to wait too long because your claim may be denied. What do you need to know about wrongful death cases in California, and how long do you have to bring a claim? Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions.

What Constitutes a Wrongful Death in California?

There are numerous situations where a wrongful death could occur in the state of California. A few common examples include the following: 

  • If someone passed away due to the negligence of someone else, this could be a wrongful death situation. A common example is a car accident. 
  • There are some examples of medical malpractice that could be considered wrongful death. 
  • If someone has died as the result of an intentional, criminal act, this also constitutes a wrongful death. 

What should you do if one of your loved ones was a victim of wrongful death? 

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in California?

Just because you know someone who has passed away does not necessarily mean you can file a wrongful death on their behalf. There are a few people who are allowed to file a wrongful death claim in California. Examples include the surviving spouse or partner of the individual who has died, any surviving children, or any grandchildren of the deceased individual. 

There are other people who can file a wrongful death claim as well. For example, if you can prove you were financially dependent on that individual, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim. 

How Long Do You Have To File a Wrongful Death Claim?

There are numerous damages you may be able to seek due to a wrongful death claim. This includes any financial support you may have lost, expenses related to the funeral and burial, and any household services that person may have provided for you. In California, you only have two years to file a wrongful death claim. That is why you need to get the process started as quickly as possible. The experienced wrongful death attorneys at The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq. can help you start pursuing your wrongful death case today.

Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney Who Can Help You File a Claim

If someone you love has recently passed away, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as a result. You need to have your rights defended, and you need to stand up for the person who has passed away. A wrongful death attorney from The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq. can help you do that. 

It can be stressful following the death of a loved one, so let us help you carry this burden and relieve some of the stress. It would be our pleasure to walk you through this process. Contact The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq. today for a case consultation, and let us defend your rights and the rights of your loved one. 

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