Wrongful Death Laws In California: An Overview

Of all the types of personal injury claims, perhaps none is as emotionally draining as a wrongful death lawsuit. However, when a loved one has died due to the negligence or malevolent intent of another person, this type of civil suit provides the opportunity to demand accountability. It also allows the deceased person's loved ones the opportunity to recover compensation to cope with the economic and other losses that they are experiencing.

Katherine R. Moore, the founding attorney at The Law Office of Katherine R. Moore, works with her staff to fight for the rights of wrongful death plaintiffs in the Bay Area and beyond. Our firm can help you obtain a settlement or verdict that will help you move on after your loved one's fatal accident.

Wrongful Death 101: What You Need To Know

Here are some basic facts about how wrongful death lawsuits operate in California.

  1. The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death suit in the state is generally two years from the loved one's date of death.
  2. Persons legally able to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased include their surviving spouse/domestic partner and their surviving children. Parents and siblings can file a claim under some circumstances.
  3. The defendant's insurance coverage, whether they are an individual, a corporation or a government entity, guides much of what damages may be recovered in a wrongful death case.
  4. You may file a claim for not just economic losses from the death, but also noneconomic losses such as loss of companionship, loss of moral support and loss of guidance.

Our Firm Fights For Your Rights In Wrongful Death Cases

Our firm's lawyers understand all the applicable laws in wrongful death lawsuits and can evaluate the evidence in your case to build a claim that will hold up during negotiations or in court. We will challenge the other side if you are offered an inadequate amount of compensation or if your claim is contested.

Let Us Evaluate Your Claim Today

Our firm can provide a frank assessment of your wrongful death claim and provide skilled representation throughout your case. To make an appointment, call our Redwood City office at 650-399-0752, or use our online intake form.