Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
A loved one’s death is always difficult to cope with, but it can be much worse if someone else caused the loss of life. In cases where one or more parties were negligent, reckless, had intent to harm, or had wanton disregard for the safety of others, there may be a legal remedy available to those who survive the deceased loved one. Medical malpractice, car accidents, slip and falls, defective products, swimming pool accidents, and homicide are all examples of accidents that could generate wrongful death claims in California. Work with DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC to learn about your specific loss.
California Wrongful Death Laws
After the unexpected passing of a loved one in Riverside or San Bernardino, ask yourself if someone else’s negligence may have played a role. It could be an employer who didn’t equip your spouse with the proper safety gear, or a vehicle manufacturer who let a defective product go to market. It may take an official investigation to get to the bottom of what took your loved one’s life. DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC has the resources and knowledge to investigate untimely deaths and search for evidence of wrongful actions. We know every facet of the law, including the most important state statutes:
- Definition of wrongful death. Not every unexpected passing of a loved one is grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. In California, a death is “wrongful” if the wrongful act or negligence of another person or entity caused the death.
- Who may file. California allows only certain people to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of all beneficiaries. The parties who may file are the deceased person’s spouse, domestic partner, or children. Otherwise, anyone entitled to the decedent’s property may file.
- Time limit for filing. The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in California is two years of the date of the person’s death. Missing this deadline almost always results in the plaintiff losing the right to file. There are exceptions to the rule; talk to our lawyers for information about the deadline in your case.
- Damages available. Wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury claims in that available damages include losses the decedent suffered prior to death (medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.). However, the plaintiff may also receive awards for loss of the decedent’s companionship, support, income, and services, as well as for funeral/burial expenses and medical bills the family paid.
There is a lot you may not know about the recent passing of your spouse, son, daughter, parent, or other loved one. It is worthwhile to schedule a free consultation with DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC to learn more. Our consults are complimentary, confidential, and at no obligation to retain our firm. We simply want to talk with you about your situation, and inform you of your rights and potential legal opportunities. We understand how devastating this time is for you and your family. We want to take care of the legal process so you can focus on grieving. The law may entitle you to significant compensation for your loved one’s unnecessary loss of life. Call (855) 346-6464 to schedule a consult today.