A wrongful death is one that is caused by negligent, lapse, unjust, or willful act, or fault of another person. When you lose a loved one in an accident, the last thing you think of will be about filing a claim for wrongful death. You will be fighting hard to deal with the loss, and it is expected that you also deal with the necessities such as making arrangements for the funeral, notifying family and friends, securing insurance payouts, etc. All these things will be too much to handle at once, and filing a lawsuit at this time would seem impractical.
Fortunately, the California law allows the grieving family members a time of up to two years to file a wrongful death claim. However, this period will be less if the wrongful death claim is against a governmental body. It is true that this period is not long as it should be, but it at least gives you the time to adjust to your grieving mind around the changed reality. There might come a time when filing a wrongful death claim will become a necessity for you, and that is when you will need to find an attorney of wrongful death to help with your case.
Los Angeles Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death claim in LA will help you secure compensation for the death of a loved one caused by the negligence of a person, company, or a government body. The process usually involves a calculation of the value that the person’s loss took from you. Although such a lawsuit cannot compensate for what you are going through mentally or physically, but the financial reimbursement can go a long way in protecting your family members and easing your mind.
Before you start, note that there should be two main factors present in the case to file a wrongful death claim in Los Angeles.
- The person who was closely associated with you (parent, spouse, child, guardian, etc.) should have suffered injuries that contributed to their death.
- The injuries should have been caused, at least partially, by the negligence of another party. The party could be a person, a company, or a government body. Negligence is the key factor here.
Your wrongful death lawyer will help you with the complexities of filing the lawsuit, and make sure that you get the maximum reimbursement amount possible.