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Irvine Wrongful Death Lawyers

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Losing a loved one is always a tragedy, but when it happens due to the careless or intentional act of another, it is particularly devastating. If your loved one lost their life due to another party’s negligence, our wrongful death lawyers are here to help. Contact California Personal Injury Lawyers, APC today.

Wrongful Death Lawyers | Here for Families in California

In California, the surviving family members or the deceased’s estate may pursue a wrongful death claim when a person dies as a result of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional act. Wrongful death can occur in a variety of circumstances, such as auto accidents, cases involving premises liability or medical malpractice, and more. Our Orange County personal injury lawyers are steadfast legal advocates for families who have lost their loved ones, and we are prepared to fight for the justice you deserve.

Qualifying for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In California, not everyone can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure § 377.60, only certain people who have a close relationship with the deceased are eligible to bring a claim. That being said, it is important to consult with an attorney to determine if you are able to pursue a wrongful death claim for a particular loss.

Compensation Available in Wrongful Death Cases

The compensation available in wrongful death cases depends on the specific circumstances of each case, but it generally includes both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that can be calculated objectively, including the following:

  • Burial and funeral expenses for the deceased person
  • Medical bills incurred by the deceased person before death
  • Lost income and benefits that the deceased person would have earned in the future
  • Loss of inheritance or gifts that the deceased person would have given to the plaintiffs
  • Value of the household services that the deceased person would have provided to the plaintiffs

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are those that are still very real, yet cannot be measured precisely, such as:

  • Pain and suffering and disfigurement of the deceased person before death
  • Loss of companionship, love, care, guidance, and support that the deceased person provided to the plaintiffs
  • Loss of consortium, which is the loss of intimacy with a spouse or partner
  • Loss of enjoyment of life and quality of life for both the deceased person and the plaintiffs

Statute of Limitations in California

The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in California is generally two years from the date of death. This means that you must file your claim within two years of the date of death, otherwise, you will most likely permanently lose your right to do so.

Contact California Personal Injury Law Firm, APC Today

California Personal Injury Lawyers, APC is dedicated to helping families of wrongful death victims get the justice they deserve. If you need an attorney who can effectively fight for you, simply contact us for a free phone consultation today.

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