Pasadena Wrongful Death Lawyers
Wrongful Death Laws in California
When someone acts carelessly, recklessly, or wrongfully, leading to the death of another individual, they can be held legally responsible. At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we work with the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed to help bring the responsible party to justice and secure fair financial compensation for those affected by the tragic loss.
If your loved one was killed in a fatal accident or died due to the negligent or criminal conduct of another, we extend our deepest and most sincere condolences. We also want to help. Our Pasadena wrongful death attorneys offer highly personalized and professional legal services, as well as an aggressive approach to litigation. To date, we have recovered more than $50 million in compensation for our clients; find out how we can help you seek the justice you deserve.
California’s Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
Like other states, California has a deadline by which you must file most wrongful death lawsuits. This is known as the statute of limitations and, in California, it is two years from the date of death. In other words, you must bring your lawsuit within two years of your loved one’s passing, or you will almost certainly lose your right to sue the liable party for damages.
There are some exceptions to the two-year deadline. For example, claims against the government or municipal entities are subject to shorter deadlines and stricter filing requirements than other personal injury or wrongful death claims. However, in most cases, you have two years to take legal action.
Who Is Allowed to File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
State laws also govern who may actually file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. Generally speaking, anyone who is entitled to property and/or assets of the person who died (referred to as the “decedent”) through intestate succession (i.e., the decedent’s heirs) may file a wrongful death action. You may also be entitled to file a claim if you can prove that you were financially dependent on the decedent in life.
Examples of individuals who may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit in California include the decedent’s surviving:
- Domestic partner
- Grandchild (if the decedent’s child is deceased)
- Guardian (if the decedent’s parents are deceased)
- Putative spouse or child of a putative spouse
Our team at Custodio & Dubey LLP can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. We offer free consultations with no obligation to you—reach out to us today to schedule yours.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases
If your loved one died due to the negligent, wrongful, or unlawful conduct of another, you likely have a wrongful death case.
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we represent clients in all types of wrongful death cases, including those arising from the following:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Large truck accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Slips and falls
- Unsafe property conditions
- Dog bites and attacks
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Assault, battery, and other criminal acts
Our experienced Pasadena wrongful death attorneys utilize advanced technology and innovative legal strategies to pursue maximum compensation for our clients. We believe in bringing the liable party to justice and making them accountable for the immense losses you have endured. We know that no amount of financial compensation can ever negate the tragic loss of your loved one, but a fair settlement or verdict can provide you with the financial resources you need to heal.
When to Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer
Although there is no law stating that you must hire a wrongful death attorney, there are many reasons to work with an experienced legal team. First and foremost, you should be spending this time with your family and loved ones—not worrying about how you are going to manage unexpected financial hardships as a result of your loved one’s death. An attorney can handle the various legal details of your case so that you can focus on healing.
Second, wrongful death cases can be very complex. The liable party may challenge your claim, and the insurance company may work to dispute, devalue, or deny you a fair settlement. When you put a skilled attorney on your side, you have someone who knows how to fight back against these tactics and advocate for the full, fair compensation you are owed.
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, our Pasadena wrongful death lawyers are ready to represent you and your rights. We genuinely care about each and every one of our clients and will work directly with you throughout the legal process. We prioritize personal attention and communication, working tirelessly to ensure that our clients are comfortable and cared for every step of the way. We are always available when you need us and can meet with you on weekends or after typical business hours by request.
Reach Out to Our Team for a Complimentary Consultation
When you work with Custodio & Dubey LLP, you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket fees. Instead, we handle cases on a contingency fee basis, which means our attorneys are only paid if you are. In the unlikely event that we do not recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf, you do not pay a dime.
Our firm is ready to stand with you and fight to hold the liable party accountable. Learn how we can help you and your family seek justice by scheduling a no-cost, no-obligation consultation today. Hablamos español.