Dealing with the untimely loss of a loved one can wreak emotional havoc for all family members. During this time, loved ones generally have many questions about what to do, who to turn to, and how to proceed legally if their loved one passed away in an accident.
If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, the last thing you may want to think about is hiring a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney. Although filing a wrongful death claim will not undo the accident and bring back your loved one, it can bring a sense of justice and financial stability during an already difficult time.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Claims
Even before you have the opportunity to hire an attorney, you may have some questions about your potential wrongful death claim. Below are some commonly asked questions regarding wrongful death claims.
What is wrongful death?
Under California law, wrongful death is when a person is killed as a result of the negligent actions of another person.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
Wrongful death claims can be filed by the deceased person’s spouse, partner, children, or certain other relatives in the line of succession. Any damages collected will go to the deceased’s estate.
What are some common causes of wrongful death?
Some of the most common causes of wrongful death actions include:
- Medical malpractice
- Fatal motor vehicle accidents
- Work-related accidents
- Boating accident
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
How long do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Each state has its own time limit for filing a wrongful death lawsuit, called the statute of limitation. In most cases, a claim must be filed within two years of the date of the wrongful death. However, in some cases this time is shortened. For example, a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit may be required to be filed within 1 year of the date of the death.
Call a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney Today!
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas is dedicated to helping our injured clients reach the best monetary settlement when they are involved in any type of accidents. Our experienced and compassionate Los Angeles wrongful death attorneys are available to personally review your case. Call us at 1-888-848-5048 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.