Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney
The legal team at Pacific Attorney Group has over 35 years of collective experience in assisting the injured in seeking top value settlements in these very important legal claims.
Frequently Asked Questions: Wrongful Death
What is a "wrongful death"?
A wrongful death is defined as the death of a person, when caused by another's negligent or wrongful conduct. Negligence, including unintentional acts that stem from a failure to act with proper caution or care, as well as intentional wrongdoing may qualify as grounds for a wrongful death claim in California.
How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim?
In California, the statute of limitations (the time in which a person may file a wrongful death claim) will vary depending on the specific type of claim. In general, a case must be filed within 2 years of the date of death. For medical malpractice claims, however, the statute of limitations may only be 1 year. If the responsible party is a government entity, the time limit may be even shorter. By talking to a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer about your particular case, you can find out how much time you have to file a claim.
What types of damages may I be entitled to receive?
Although the specific damages and amount will vary on a case by case basis, following are some of the types of damages one may be entitled to receive in a wrongful death claim:
- Loss of financial support
- Medical bills
- Funeral/burial costs
- Loss of companionship and care
Do I need to work with a lawyer?
The choice of working with a lawyer is up to you. However, a legal professional can offer invaluable help in determining the true value of your claim and then protecting your rights and interests as he or she works to secure that amount on your behalf.
For more information and help with your claim, contact a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group today.