When a person dies because of someone else’s negligence, carelessness or intentional actions, it is considered a wrongful death because it should never have happened. If you have a loved one who died wrongfully, you may have legal rights under the law to seek a claim against those who caused the loss.
The law recognizes that no monetary value can make up for such a grievous loss. At the same time, the law recognizes that survivors suffer not just the emotional loss caused by a wrongful death; they also experience economic and other types of loss. These types of can be compensated for in a wrongful death claim.
Attorneys who represent clients in wrongful death claims take into account many factors in order to fully protect the rights of their clients. They must have the resources and experience to build a strong case that establishes:
- How long the person may have lived if their life had not been cut short
- How much financial support the victim’s loved ones will lose as a result of the death
- How to somehow place a monetary value on the loss of companionship and comfort
- How to effectively prove liability
Two Years to File a Wrongful Death Claim
In California, you have up to two years to file a wrongful death claim. The case does not have to be completed, but it must be filed before this time limit ends.
At the law firm of Weber & Nierenberg, we work hard to help those who have lost loved ones seek justice. We are personal injury lawyers with offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Oakland, San Rafael and San Jose. Even if you are not certain that you want to file a wrongful death claim, you may have questions that we can answer.
Wrongful death laws in California allow only certain people to file these types of claims, including the surviving spouse, children or parents, depending on specific family circumstances.
Answers and Understanding From a Wrongful Death Attorney in Northern California
To discuss your concerns or just gain an understanding of your rights regarding a wrongful death claim, please get in touch with our office by calling: 1-866-288-6010. We offer a free, initial consultation and represent clients on a contingency basis in wrongful death claims. This means that our clients do not pay a fee unless we win compensation on their behalf.