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Wrongful Death

A wrongful death is a death that was caused by someone else’s misconduct or negligence. Often, wrongful death occurs in auto accidents, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, criminal acts, or as a result of a defective product. California’s wrongful death laws are in place to help surviving family members recover financial compensation for things like:

  • Loss of income
  • Loss of support
  • Medical or funeral expenses
  • Pain and suffering

At Abogado Maximo, we understand that no amount of money will bring back your loved one. Our goal is to help you move forward and carry on. The loss of your loved one is painful enough, you shouldn’t have to worry further about how you will pay your bills or cover medical or funeral costs.

What Is A Wrongful Death Claim?

If your loved one was killed due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. This claim is a lawsuit that allows you to recover financial compensation, as well as hold the responsible party accountable for his or her actions.

Under California law, the following individuals may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Domestic partner
  • Stepchildren
  • Parents

Most often, it is the spouse or domestic partner who files a wrongful death claim. Under California law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. After two years, you will no longer be allowed to pursue recovery for your loss.