West Hills Wrongful Death Lawyer

If you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, the West Hills wrongful death attorneys from the Younglove Law Firm are here to help guide you through the claims process. While we realize that no amount of compensation can ever bring your loved one back, a wrongful death claim may allow you to seek accountability for your loved one’s passing.

A wrongful death claim allows certain family members to receive compensation when a person dies because of another party’s wrongful actions.

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Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Under California’s wrongful death law, a wrongful death claim may be brought when a person’s death is caused by negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, or an intentional wrongful act. Some of the common causes of wrongful death include:

  • Car accidents
  • Deadly dog bites
  • Defective product accidents
  • Medical malpractice incidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, ATV accidents, and truck accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Violent actions

If you suspect that you may have a right to file a wrongful death claim due to your loved one’s recent passing, reach out to the Younglove Law Firm for immediate assistance.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?

In California, a wrongful death lawsuit is typically filed by or for the benefit of the following relatives:

  • Surviving spouses
  • Domestic partners
  • Children
  • Grandchildren if the decedent’s children predeceased them
  • Stepchildren or other minor children dependent on the decedent for at least 50% of their financial support
  • The next of kin

Types of Compensation Recoverable in Wrongful Death Claims

In California, eligible family members may be able to receive compensation for the following losses through a wrongful death claim:

  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Lost wages and income
  • The value of lost services the decedent would have provided had they lived
  • Loss of gifts or other benefits
  • Loss of society and companionship
  • Loss of support
  • Loss of protection
  • Loss of affection
  • Loss of training and education
  • Loss of moral support
  • Loss of consortium

Additional damages may be available through a survival claim if the decedent initially survived the accident but later succumbed to their injuries, such as compensation for:

  • The decedent’s final medical expenses
  • The loss of the decedent’s income from the date of injury to the date of death
  • The decedent’s pain, suffering, and disfigurement

Survival actions allow the estate to be compensated for the losses the victim would have had a right to sue for had they survived.

What Is the Time Limit to File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?

The general statute of limitations to file a wrongful death lawsuit in California is two years. This time limit usually starts running on the date of death. There are exceptions when you may have more or less time. Contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer to learn more about the time limit in your particular case.

Call Our Compassionate Wrongful Death Lawyers for Dedicated Legal Assistance

If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence or wrongful act, let the compassionate wrongful death lawyers at Younglove Law Firm guide you through the claims process. We will fight for you to recover as much compensation as possible to help you move forward in a secure position. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation case consultation.