A Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney Will Fight For Compensation
At Culver Legal, we understand that the sudden loss of someone you love creates a hole in your heart that no amount of monetary compensation can fill. Even so, there are legal remedies available to assist the families of wrongful death victims in mourning in peace, knowing there is financial help to which they are entitled. We guide our clients every step of the way, being sensitive to their loss while fervently advocating for justice.
Wrongful Death Causes
Many different scenarios can result in wrongful death. Some of the most common include:
- Car accidents
- Bus accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip & fall accidents
- Rideshare (Uber/Lyft) accidents
- School zone accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Motorcycle accidents
Who Can Recover for Wrongful Death
California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 clarifies who can recover for the wrongful death of a loved one. It includes the personal representative of the estate, the surviving spouse or domestic partner of the victim, and children and the issue of any deceased children of the victim. If you are not sure if you can bring an action for wrongful death, an attorney at Culver Legal can assist you in making that determination.
Wrongful Death vs. Survival Action
California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60 states there is a wrongful death cause of action “for the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another.” This means family members may bring suit for any loss they experience due to the death of their loved one. As a rule of thumb, if the victim had had a personal injury claim if they had lived, their loved ones have a wrongful death claim.
There is another cause of action available for the estate of the decedent. It is known as a “survival” cause of action. It can be found in California Code of Civil Procedure 377.30 and differs from wrongful death. A survival suit is brought to recover for losses suffered by the victim, not the victim’s family. It is possible in some situations for both wrongful death and survival claims to be made in conjunction with one another.
Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
There is a two-year time limit during which a cause of action for wrongful death must be brought, or the people entitled to bring the suit may be forever barred. The clock starts ticking when the decedent dies, which is why it is imperative to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after the victim’s death.
Speak With A Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or neglect of another, contact our office to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney. We have a proven track record of providing representation that culminates in the results our clients seek. You can reach us at 1-310-600-7881 or via our contact page.