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Losing a loved one due to the careless or negligent actions of another person, company, or entity, is incredibly difficult. However, certain people are entitled to file wrongful death lawsuits in California to recover damages for the loss of their loved one. State law limits who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Anyone not qualified to bring a claim under California wrongful death statutes will likely not be able to file a claim in court to recover damages.
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure, section 377.60, the following groups of people are allowed to make a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one:
Various types of compensation could be recovered by family members who have lost a loved one. However, it is not uncommon for family members to seek the following damages in a wrongful death claim:
The total amount of compensation family members will receive if their claim is successful will depend on various factors specific to their case. This can include the deceased’s life expectancy at the time of the wrongful act, their income at the time of death, projected income had the wrongful act not occurred, and more.
There are innumerable ways in which a wrongful death case could arise. Some of the most common incidents that lead to wrongful death claims include the following:
This is by no means a complete list, and you should consult with an Orange County wrongful death attorney about your case.
In California, there is a two-year statute of limitations in place for wrongful death claims. This means that a claim must be brought by the individuals mentioned above within two years of the date of the person’s death.