Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing someone we love and depend on can be both emotionally and financially crushing. The emotional trauma and financial burden that results from the loss of a loved one is usually unbearable. Additionally, if the cause of death was avoidable, such as in the case of an accident caused by negligence, it can be doubly heart-wrenching.
If a loved one has suffered a wrongful death, please contact The Ryan Law Group today to discuss your case with a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer. We are committed to giving you the help and support you need during this difficult time.
How Can The Ryan Law Group Help?
The Ryan Law Group is a Los Angeles personal injury law firm with a high success rate in helping victimized families recover substantial monetary compensations from wrongful death lawsuits.
We understand the magnitude of the loss of a loved one and its impact on the victim’s families. Utilizing our resources, we fully evaluate your claim and the circumstances behind your loved one’s tragic loss, ensuring that we have all the information necessary to pursue the maximum possible compensation you deserve.
Our comprehensive approach had led us to a track record of success among clients, securing multiple multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements—including one of the largest medical malpractice settlements in Orange County.
Common Causes of Wrongful Deaths
Some common causes of wrongful deaths includes:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Defective and/or dangerous products
- Premises liability cases
- Medical negligence and/or malpractice
- Surgical errors
- Workplace accidents
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
State laws often govern who can file a wrongful death claim. In California, a wrongful death claim can be filed by:
- The deceased’s immediate family which includes the surviving spouse (or domestic partner) and their children (or stepchildren).
- The deceased’s surviving parents, siblings (and their children) and even grandparents. These categories of people do not need to be dependent on the deceased before they can file a wrongful death claim.
If nobody meets any of the above requirements, then the right to file a wrongful death claim falls on the deceased’s next of kin (California Civil Code 337.60).
What Damages Can I Recover?
Although the circumstances can make the exact monetary damages vary, generally you may be able to recover the following economic and noneconomic damages:
- Any medical expenses leading to the wrongful death
- Any lost wages or future earnings
- Cost of the funeral and similar proceedings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
Although no amount of money can compensate for your loss, it can provide a sense of justice, closure and a cushion to offset any future financial worries.
What is the Statute of Limitations for a California Wrongful Death Claim?
Like similar personal injury claims, states have a time limit on the period in which you may file a valid claim—known as the statute of limitations. In California, you have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim (California Civil Code 335.1) . If a suit is not filed before the statute of limitation expires, you will lose your legal right to seek any form of monetary compensation.
However, this is not so for a medical malpractice case, or where the negligent party is a government official. When that is the case, it is advisable for you (or the person who can legally file a claim) to seek the services of a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney right away.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer in LA?
In all wrongful death claims, it is highly recommended to seek the services of an experienced attorney. Most who tragically lose one of their loved ones to a sudden accident often do not have the physical, emotional, and mental capacity to begin litigation for a wrongful death claim. An attorney can help by handling all the legal legwork and formalities while you can focus on grieving, healing, and recovery.
Additionally, wrongful death claims may be difficult to win, due to the gravity of the circumstances. Many liable parties do not want to admit that they are responsible for the death of another person, and as such will fight to prevent a claim from being resolved. Additionally, the evidence required to find someone liable for wrongful death must be definitive, thorough, and exhaustive. Retaining an attorney who is aggressive in litigation and understands how to comprehensively collect evidence and data for your case can significantly increase your chances at compensation.
At The Ryan Law Group in Los Angeles, our passionate wrongful death attorneys are committed to providing the help and support you need in this difficult time. We are aggressive in our approach, in the hopes that we can secure the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
If a loved one has suffered a wrongful death in, please contact us immediately for assistance. We understand that this is not an easy time for you, and we want to make sure that you are given the support necessary. Schedule a free consultation with us today and see how we can help. You may call our office at (310) 321-4800 or fill out our online contact form.