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Losing a loved one brings an immense amount of pain for a family. Knowing that your loved one’s death could have been avoided only makes that pain worse. Although nothing can undo the loss your family has been through, you may be able to demand a sense of justice in the form of financial compensation.

For over 40 years, the wrongful death lawyers in Los Angeles of Custodio & Dubey LLP have advocated for families who have lost loved ones in tragic but preventable accidents. We know that the emotional and financial burden of a loved one’s passing can put a serious strain on a family. We do everything we can to help relieve this stress and guide families through this difficult time.

Our attorneys have a proven track record of obtaining millions of dollars in compensation for our clients in wrongful death claims. Our team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions and explain your legal options. Contact our firm now for a free consultation.

What Do You Have to Prove in a Wrongful Death Case?

Not every accidental death will be deemed a wrongful one. For instance, if a person is in a vehicle crash caused by inclement weather, no one is really to blame for that unless there were other factors involved.

So how do you know if your loved one’s death qualifies as a wrongful death? To recover compensation in a wrongful death case, you will need to prove that your loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligent, reckless, or willful acts or omissions.

In a wrongful death claim based on negligence, you will need to prove four elements:

  • The at-fault party owed your family member a duty of care.
  • The at-fault party committed an act or omission that breached the duty of care.
  • This breach of the duty of care constituted the direct and proximate cause of your loved one’s death. In other words, there were no other intervening causes of your loved one’s death.
  • You and your family suffered damages that you can be compensated for.

If arguing that the other party recklessly caused your loved one’s death, you must prove the party consciously disregarded a substantial risk that his/her/its acts and/or omissions would result in serious bodily injury or death. For example, if someone caused your loved one’s death in a car accident while street racing, that could be considered reckless.

If arguing that someone willfully caused your family member’s death, you must show that party intended, through actions or omissions, for your loved one to suffer serious bodily injury or death, such as if your loved one was assaulted with a deadly weapon.

Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim

When you lose a family member, no amount of money can relieve the emotional pain you feel. Still, if your loved one’s death was caused by somebody else’s acts or omissions, you deserve accountability and justice. Our Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers fight for the financial compensation your family needs to get through this difficult time. This may include payment for:

  • The loss of your loved one’s anticipated financial contributions to your family or household
  • The value of the household services performed by your loved one
  • The income your loved one would have earned had he or she survived
  • Medical bills for your loved one’s last injury or illness
  • Your loved one’s funeral and burial expenses
  • The loss of your loved one’s love, companionship, guidance, and support

Let a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer from our firm review your family’s case and help you understand what kinds of compensation you may be entitled to.

California Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Claim

In California, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims requires you to bring your lawsuit within two years of the date of your loved one’s passing. Under limited circumstances, this two-year period can be paused, or “tolled.”

If you are bringing a wrongful death claim against the state government or a local government in California, you must provide the appropriate government with notice of your wrongful death claim within six months of your loved one’s death. The government must either reject your claim or you must wait 45 days before you will be entitled to file your wrongful death lawsuit. In either case, you still must file suit within the statute of limitations.

If you fail to file your claim in time, you will permanently lose your right to pursue compensation in court. It is crucial to speak with a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss any important deadlines.

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Fatal Accidents Often Associated with Negligence in Los Angeles

Some of the common types of fatal accidents that may lead to a wrongful death claim include:

No matter what type of accident led to your loved one’s death, you should seek legal advice to understand your rights. Contact Custodio & Dubey LLP today for a free case review.

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How Our Los Angeles Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help You

The Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers at Custodio & Dubey LLP can help you demand answers after the tragic loss of a loved one. You can trust our skilled legal team to:

  • Investigate the facts and circumstances of your loved one’s passing to determine how your loved one’s death occurred and to identify who bears responsibility
  • Work with accident reconstruction, engineering, medical, and financial experts to build a persuasive case that proves the other party’s fault and the extent of damages you have suffered
  • File your wrongful death claim against the responsible party(s) and their insurance companies, and aggressively negotiate for a full settlement
  • Fight for your rights at trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached

If your family has lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent or reckless actions, contact Custodio & Dubey LLP today. Our lawyers can meet with you in a free, no-obligation initial case evaluation to discuss your family’s legal rights and answer all your questions. We do not charge any fees upfront to begin work on wrongful death cases. In fact, you do not pay us anything unless we secure compensation in your case.