Hollywood Wrongful Death Attorneys
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Los Angeles County
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we recognize that there is nothing more difficult and tragic than losing a loved one. When someone you care about dies suddenly as a result of someone else’s negligence, the healing process can be that much more challenging. However, we believe that you deserve justice, and our team of Hollywood wrongful death attorneys is here to help you hold the responsible party accountable.
If your family member or loved one died due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another person, a company, or some other party, reach out to our firm right away. We can help you understand your legal rights, including your right to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit against the liable party. We proudly offer a compassionate, collaborative approach and are here to guide you through every step of the legal process.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
In California, only certain surviving family members and dependents are allowed to file a wrongful death claim. First, however, it is important to determine whether you have a case.
To have grounds for a wrongful death case, you must prove that your loved one’s death was the result of someone else’s negligent, reckless, wrongful, or intentional conduct. Essentially, if your loved one would have had grounds for a personal injury claim had he or she lived, and you are an eligible surviving individual, you have a wrongful death case.
The state of California limits the right to file a wrongful death claim to the following individuals:
- The decedent’s surviving spouse or domestic partner
- The decedent’s surviving children or grandchildren (if the decedent’s children are deceased)
If there is no spouse, domestic partner, child, or grandchild, anyone who would legally be entitled to inherit via intestate succession may bring a wrongful death action. This could include the decedent’s parents, siblings, and other close family relatives.
Additionally, the following individuals may bring a wrongful death action if they can prove that they were financially dependent on the decedent:
- The decedent’s surviving putative spouse
- Children of the decedent’s surviving putative spouse
- The decedent’s surviving parents or legal guardians (if the decedent’s parents are deceased)
- The decedent’s surviving stepchildren
We encourage you to reach out to our team to learn whether you have the right to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit after the loss of a loved one. Custodio & Dubey LLP offers complimentary consultations with no obligation to you.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Lawsuits in California?
Like other states, California has what is known as a “statute of limitations” on wrongful death claims. The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to bring your lawsuit, and in California, it is two years from the date of death. There are some exceptions, but they are rare. In most cases, if more than two years passes without you filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you will lose your right to sue the liable party for damages.
Although two years may seem like a long time, the months can go by quickly. The sooner you contact an experienced attorney, like those at Custodio & Dubey LLP, the better. When you reach out to our firm, we will immediately begin investigating your case and working to understand exactly what happened, who is liable, and what damages you are entitled to. We work tirelessly to maximize our clients’ recoveries, allowing them to secure fair compensation for unexpected losses, including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income, and loss of love, companionship, guidance, counsel, moral support, household services, inheritance, and more.
How Our Hollywood Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help
Throughout our decades in practice, we have successfully represented individuals and families in all types of wrongful death cases.
We handle claims involving:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Large truck and commercial vehicle collisions
- Rideshare (Uber, Lyft, etc.) accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Dog bites and attacks
- Dangerous property conditions
- Defective products
Regardless of how complex your case may be, our Hollywood wrongful death lawyers are here to provide the personalized and compassionate legal support you need. We offer a highly collaborative and innovative approach to litigation, one that has helped us secure more than $90 million in compensation for our clients.