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Under California law, a wrongful death is considered to occur when someone dies as the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of a third party or some other entity. Certain surviving family members are able to pursue a lawsuit in certain circumstances following a wrongful death of a relative.

A surviving family member has certain rights and interests in the aftermath of the wrongful death of a loved one. These include the legal right to recovery financial compensation as well as to retain the services of a capable, experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer.

California Wrongful Death Lawsuit Overview

At the outset, it is important for you to understand that California law includes a strict timeframe in which you can file a wrongful death lawsuit. This law is called the statute of limitations.

According to the California statute of limitations, you must file a wrongful death lawsuit no later than two years after the death of your family member. If you fail to meet this deadline, you are not likely to have the ability to file a lawsuit to obtain justice in your case.

Certain family members have the legal ability to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in California. The law states that the following family members, in order of priority, can file a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • spouse
  • domestic partner
  • children
  • parents
  • siblings

In some instances, if the deceased individual truly was providing support for stepchildren, they may also be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in the state. The same holds true for what legally is called a putative spouse in California. This is essentially is a person who sincerely believed he or she had a marriage relationship or a legally valid domestic partnership with some, but for legal reasons actually did not.

Compensation in a California Wrongful Death Case

Compensation awarded in a California wrongful death case depends on the particular facts surrounding the accident, the relationship you have with the deceased family member, and other related issues.

Common areas in which financial recovery is available in a California wrongful death case include:

  • medical bills
  • funeral and burial expenses
  • emotional distress
  • loss of consortium
  • loss of companionship
  • loss of income and support

Some of these losses take in to account future damages as well. For example, if a minor child is the plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit, he or she may seek compensation for lost income and support he or she from the deceased parent that he or she theoretically would have relied upon had the parent not been killed because of someone else's negligent, reckless, or willful conduct.

Legal Fees in a Wrongful Death Case

The Doan Law Firm uses a contingency fee arrangement with your clients in wrongful death cases. We charge no fee until we obtain compensation for you through a settlement with a negligent party or insurance company, or obtain a judgment in a lawsuit.

We reach a mutual agreement on a reasonable fee at the time we begin our representation of you. There are never any hidden costs or surprises when it comes to the representation of our clients.

Retain a Skilled Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney

Wrongful death lawsuits are complicated legal matters. The laws governing these types of cases are complex. The California judicial system is not easy to navigate in the absence of a wrongful death lawyer who possesses a background in complicate court procedures. A Los Angeles wrongful death attorney from The Doan Law Firm has extensive experience in fighting on the behalf of clients who lost a loved one because of someone else's negligence. This includes successfully pursuing wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of clients in Los Angeles, and across the state of California.

If you need help in the aftermath of the tragic loss of a beloved family member, call The Doan Law Firm at any time, at or not. We can be reached at (424) 334-0000 seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, including on all major holidays. We will schedule an initial consultation with a wrongful death attorney from our firm at a time that is convenient for you.

During an initial consultation, a wrongful death lawyer from our firm will provide you with an evaluation of your case, discuss possible strategies with you, and answer all questions that you may have in this difficult time. The Doan Law Firm does not charge a fee for an initial consultation to discuss your case.

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