San Diego Wrongful Death Attorneys
Providing the Best Representation for Accidental Death Claims
If you have a loved one that was recently involved in an accident that claimed their life, the time to take legal action is now. Do not delay - call the Jurewitz Law Group today at (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020 to discuss your options in a free, no obligation consultation. Our San Diego wrongful death lawyers understand the pain you are experiencing and are here to help, but you must act quickly to preserve your case. Successful wrongful death suits are built on expertise and dedicated research – which takes time. The sooner you call, the sooner we can act on your behalf. The Jurewitz Law Group has helped countless families throughout San Diego, Carlsbad, and North County obtain the justice and financial support they require. Let us do the same for you! Call now.
Should I File a Wrongful Death Claim in San Diego?
In order to qualify as a wrongful death, a person's fatal injuries or illness must meet certain requirements, such as:
- The person or organization accused of being at fault must have at least partially caused the death.
- The cause must have been the result of negligence or recklessness by the at-fault party.
- A surviving loved one must bring the claim.
- The death caused financial losses.
Not everyone can file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of a person. Under California law, only the deceased's surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children can file a claim. If none of these people exist, the person's parents, siblings, nieces or nephews, grandparents, and other relatives are then able to file a claim. While you may have to prove your relationship in order to file a claim, this is easily done through birth certificates, marriage licenses, and other records.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Lawsuits in California?
Keep in mind that wrongful death lawsuits in California are subjected to a statute of limitations, found in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1. If nothing is filed within this time, you may be legally barred from filing a wrongful death claim for the incident. While there are some exceptions to this rule, such as finding out at a later date that the death was caused by another person's wrongful actions, it is best to file sooner rather than later.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Wrongful Death Suit?
The emotional healing process after the death of a loved one is different for every person and nothing can speed it up. However, heavy financial and emotional burdens can surely slow it down.
Thankfully, wrongful death claims can ask for compensation for the many different losses that result from these tragic incidents. Financial compensation can be sought to pay for:
- Medical costs for procedures performed on eventually-fatal injuries or illnesses.
- All expenses associated with funeral and burial of the deceased.
- Lost wages and benefits that would have been earned by the deceased, based on his or her job at the time of the incident.
- Grief and loss of companionship experienced by loved ones.
Additionally, if the at-fault party violated laws or caused the death by acting extremely recklessly, punitive damages may also be levied against him or her. Payments for these fines go to the survivors.
By proving both that the at-fault party was responsible for the incident and that the losses you are claiming are legitimate, you can receive fair and full compensation that will lift these heavy burdens off of you and your family.
Loved ones of wrongful death victims generally have two years from the time of death to file a claim.
Compassionate And Considerate Wrongful Death Lawyers in San Diego
The days and weeks after the sudden death of a loved one is a difficult time. Losing someone close affects the entire family. The San Diego fatal accident attorneys at Jurewitz Law Group understand that no amount of money can bring your loved one back, but a wrongful death suit can help make your financial future less difficult. If you have any question, contact our experienced San Diego wrongful death attorneys. Let us handle case while your family focuses on healing after your loss. Please call our office for your free and confidential consultation. We can be reached at (619) 233-5020.
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