Nothing can be worse than when a loved one dies in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. When that happens, you, as a surviving family member, may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim for damages.
At Rostam Law, our compassionate wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles and San Diego understand the pain of losing a loved one in an accident and may be able to assist you with filing a wrongful death claim.
The statute of limitations in Los Angeles wrongful death cases is two years. This means that the estate has two years from the date of the decedent’s death to file a claim. If a wrongful death claim is not filed by that point, the decedent’s estate will no longer be able to pursue monetary damages.
The surviving spouse or domestic partner of the decedent may be able to file a wrongful death claim. The decedent’s children may also be able to make a claim. The law also requires that a personal representative be appointed for the decedent’s estate.
If another person negligently caused the decedent’s death in an accident, the estate may be able to claim damages. Damages arising from a wrongful death claim can include compensation for the following:
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering up until the time of the decedent’s death
- Loss of support and consortium to surviving family members resulting from the decedent’s death
Losing a loved one is never easy — most especially when that loss is preventable. The skilled lawyers at Rostam Law can determine if you have a wrongful death claim, and if so, may be able to file that claim on the estate’s behalf.
For a consultation and case evaluation with a skilled Los Angeles or San Diego wrongful death attorney, call us at 888.416.5006 or contact us online.