Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Lawyers in Northern California

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A wrongful death claim is filed when a person’s death is believed to be the result of someone else’s fault or negligence. A wrongful death claim typically involves car accidents, medical malpractice, or another type of accident.

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What Makes a Death “Wrongful?”

In the state of California, a death is considered “wrongful” when it results from the negligent or unlawful acts/omissions of another person or party. In other words, if a person dies in a situation in which, had they lived, they could have filed a personal injury lawsuit, this is a wrongful death. 

For example, if your loved one was killed by a drunk driver or died due to malnourishment while in a nursing home facility, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.

Knowing that your loved one’s death was preventable can leave you grappling with immense grief, anger, and confusion. We understand that you are looking for answers and a sense of justice for your loved one. Our firm is here to help you get those answers and the justice you and your family deserve. Reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Northern California today.

Who May Be Sued for Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought against practically anyone. Any person, company, government entity, or another party that causes the death of a person through negligence or wrongful actions or inaction can be held liable.

Examples include:

  • A motorist who causes a fatal accident as a result of texting while driving or speeding
  • The design firm of a building that collapsed due to poor structural integrity
  • The owner of a bar where a patron was over-served alcohol and then went on to cause a drunk driving crash
  • A government agent who failed to provide sufficient hazard warnings on a roadway
  • A nursing home in which a resident died due to neglect and/or abuse

These are just some examples; if another person or entity caused the death of your loved one, you can file a lawsuit against that person or entity and seek damages and justice on behalf of your loved one. For guidance with your case, do not hesitate to contact our Northern California wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of J.Chrisp.

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Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?

There is often a question about who can sue for wrongful death. In California, only certain people are allowed to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.

These individuals include:

  • The surviving spouse or domestic partner of the deceased
  • The surviving child/children of the deceased
  • A person who is entitled to a portion of the deceased’s estate according to intestate succession

People who may be entitled to the deceased’s estate could include a parent, sibling, or any other dependent who was living with and dependent upon the deceased at the time of death. Additionally, the deceased’s “putative spouse” and/or children of the putative spouse, as well as the deceased’s stepchild/children and parents may be able to file a lawsuit if they can prove that they were financially dependent upon the deceased at the time of death.

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?

In California, there is a statute of limitations of 2 years for wrongful death claims. The period begins from the date of the death of the loved one, however, depending on the circumstances of the case, the limitations may be a longer of period of time. Reach out to an experienced Lake County wrongful death lawyer near you for experienced advice.

Wrongful Death Damages in California

California law allows eligible individuals to seek compensatory damages in wrongful death lawsuits. Compensatory damages are those that compensate the plaintiff for losses they have endured as a result of the death, including medical expenses associated with the deceased’s last medical treatment, funeral/burial costs, lost income/wages, lost potential income, lost inheritance, counseling costs, emotional distress, and loss of love, companionship, and support.

Under California law, individuals cannot seek punitive damages, which are meant to punish the liable party and ensure future acts of negligence do not occur, in wrongful death lawsuits.

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      If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim in Lake County, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, or the surrounding areas, you probably realize that you have choices. So, why choose our personal injury attorneys in Northern California?

      At the Law Offices of J.Chrisp, we pride ourselves on our track record of success. In the last nine years, we have successfully settled thousands of individual cases. These have resulted in millions of dollars of financial compensation and rewards for our clients.

      Clients choose the Law Offices of J.Chrisp because of our:

      • Experience. In addition to possessing a mastery of all state and federal laws, we also have extensive knowledge of the medical and insurance fields. This gives us an advantage in the courtroom and allows us to look at each wrongful death case with all angles in mind.
      • Care and compassion. Wrongful death cases are difficult and complex. While there are certain requirements and steps to take, we don’t let formalities get in the way of providing compassionate care for our clients. If you need a shoulder to lean on or a hand to hold, we are happy to provide it for you.
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