An unexpected fatal accident can cause a family incredible grief, trauma, and mental anguish. If you suspect someone else played a role in causing your loved one’s death, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim. The Redwood City wrongful death attorneys at Danko Meredith Trial Lawyers can help you seek justice and compensation. Discuss your case with an attorney today at (650) 453-3600. Consultations are free.
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The main priority after a loss is family. By hiring a lawyer promptly, you can focus on what matters most, while your lawyer handles all that is involved in the wrongful death claims process, including gathering of evidence and interviewing witnesses.
A “wrongful death” in California is one caused by the negligent or wrongful act of another. In general, a family will have grounds to file a wrongful death claim if the deceased would have been able to file a personal injury claim if the accident were not fatal. Wrongful death claims result from:
In California, a surviving spouse or domestic partner has the right to file a claim wrongful death, as does a surviving adult child. Others who may have a right to bring a wrongful death claim include those who are in line to inherit the decedent’s estate, whether they be siblings, step-children, or surviving parents. If you are not sure if you have grounds to file for wrongful death, talk to an attorney.
The State of California limits how long a family member or personal representative of the estate has to file a wrongful death claim. Depending on the circumstances, the time limit may be as short as 6 months. In most cases, if you do not bring your lawsuit within two years of your loved one’s death, you will most likely lose your right to file. Some exceptions to the rule exist, however, so ask an attorney for a more specific deadline for your unique case.
A free consultation with a wrongful death attorney can help you understand your rights and options as a surviving family member. Whether your family member’s accident occurred at home, at work, or on vacation, an attorney can help. Our Redwood City wrongful death attorneys will review your case, listen to your story, and help you file your claim. We start the legal process with a free, no-obligation case review at our office in Redwood City. Request yours today.