The tragic loss of a loved one takes a toll beyond shock and sorrow. If that loved one was the family’s provider, there’s also sudden uncertainty about the family’s future. Since 1955, Haley Law Offices P.C. has helped grieving family members obtain compensation from parties whose actions or negligence caused a wrongful death. Our firm has the right mix of compassion and tenacity to provide emotionally supportive counsel and aggressive court representation. We work diligently to obtain justice for you and your family, and we don’t stop until you are satisfied with the outcome.
Wrongful death is similar to a personal injury claim, in that it arises from a deliberate or negligent act that injures another person; in this instance, the injury is fatal. Those close to the deceased are then able to sue for compensation, not for what the deceased person suffered or lost but for their own losses, including:
Not everyone who is emotionally affected by the deceased’s passing can sue for wrongful death. California law limits those eligible to file a claim to:
Additional parties may file a claim if they were financially dependent on the deceased. These include:
Under these rules, there may be several parties who are eligible to sue, but California law requires that all claims be united in a single action.
The California Code of Civil Procedure § 335.1 limits the amount of time an eligible party may sue for wrongful death to two years, the same as for auto accidents. After two years, parties lose forever the right to sue. There are some exceptions. Plaintiffs must sue municipalities within six months of an accident. In medical malpractice cases, the statute of limitations may be as long as three years or as short as one year. It’s important to consult a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney to know your options.
Haley Law Offices P.C. provides the right combination of compassionate counsel and aggressive representation in wrongful death cases. If you’ve lost a loved one due to an accident, call us today at 510-629-6455 or contact online. We offer a free, no obligation consultation in our office or on the phone.