A loved one’s death is always a tragedy. In almost all cases, the catastrophe could have been avoided if only someone or an entity had been more careful. This is what is legally considered a “wrongful death” – the loss of life due to another’s misconduct or negligence. The law says that when a wrongful death is committed, the person or entity who caused it is responsible, even if they did not cause it on purpose. The law of wrongful death was established to prevent people or entities acting in a way that would cause risks to people’s lives. This can include many types of situations, such as an employer who does not provide workers with adequate safety equipment, or a property owner who leaves a dangerous well uncovered, or a reckless driver who causes a car accident. All of these people failed to take basic, reasonable precautions to protect those around them. Many other situations count as wrongful death as well.
What happens in a wrongful death case?
If your loved one lost his/her life due to a wrongful death, the law gives you and your family the right to compensation. Compensation is money that would be paid by the responsible party or its insurance company. We realize that no amount of money can ever make up for the loss of a loved one. Often, you may not even want to think about money following such a loss. But the compensation you’re owed can make a huge difference for your family. It can help pay for funeral expenses, or supplement lost wages. It is a way to help keep your family stable and secure during your most difficult time.
Who can bring the claim for a wrongful death suit?
In order to bring a suit for wrongful death, someone related to the deceased must bring the claim. A parent, child, or spouse are the most common relatives who use this type of action.
Having a wrongful death attorney will be crucial. A lawyer will know how to navigate the legal process, how to deal with insurance companies, and how to negotiate for the full amount you deserve. Your lawyer will also make sure that you are informed at each step of the process, and take care of the legal work for you.
Statute of limitations for wrongful death claims
There is a statue of limitations for wrongful death claims. There are specific time limits for how long after the incident someone can file a claim. In California, the statue of limitations is 2 years. In some cases this deadline is even shorter. If the party responsible is a government entity or organization, the statue of limitations is reduced to 6 months, and the case becomes a “public entity case.” This is a very short period of time, and you need to speak with a lawyer immediately if this applies to you.
Take action for your family
The Behzadi Law Firm has a history of exceptional results on behalf of clients with wrongful death claims. We choose to represent wrongful death cases because we have seen first-hand the difference that a winning verdict can make for a family. We know that a wrongful death is the most difficult time for you and your loved ones, and we do everything we can to help you during that time. To do that, we offer a no-obligation case evaluation, completely free of charge. All you do is meet us and discuss basic details of what happened, and we will help you determine if you have a case. We can show you the legal options available to you and also evaluate how strong your case is.
Don’t wait until the deadline has passed. If your family is entitled to compensation, you need to act fast. Contact Ken Behzadi to get your free consultation today.
Contacting a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles
If you are in need of a personal injury attorney you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights and the legal system process.