Riverside Wrongful Death Attorney
Wrongful Death in California
Have you lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of someone else? The compassionate, experienced, and effective Riverside wrongful death attorneys at Ryneal & Ryneal, a Law Corporation can help. We understand how devastating and traumatizing it can be to lose someone close to you, especially when it occurs due to a sudden accident. Our team will take care of the legal aspects of your case, so you can focus on spending this tough time with your loved ones. We will also be available whenever you need us.
What is Wrongful Death?
According to California Code, Code of Civil Procedure § 377.60, wrongful death is defined as a death that arises from either another's negligence or intent to cause harm (but not necessarily death).
Common causes of wrongful death include:
- Aviation accidents
- Defective products
- Drowning, boating & recreation accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Work accidents
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
California's wrongful death statutes allow family members to file a wrongful death claim for compensation if someone's negligent actions result in the death of their loved one.
Eligible family members include, in order of precedence:
- The decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, and/or issue of deceased children
- People who would be entitled to the decedent‘s property by intestate succession, such as the surviving spouse or domestic partner
- The putative spouse, children of the putative spouse, stepchildren, and/or parents
- A minor who resided in the decedent’s household and was dependent on the decedent for half or more of their support
What is the Statute of Limitations for California Wrongful Death Claims?
A wrongful death claim must be initiated within two years of your loved one’s passing in order to be considered by the courts. If you try to start your claim after more than two years have passed, the court will most likely refuse to take your claim.
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