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California Wrongful Death

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Welcome to Scranton Law Firm, where we bring a wealth of knowledge and passion in fighting for those affected by wrongful death cases. We understand the distressing time you’re facing and the weight of seeking justice for your loved one. It’s our privilege and duty to stand beside you in this difficult journey.

Our wrongful death legal team draws upon a comprehensive understanding of the law, a robust track record, and strategic insights to present an exceptional representation. We delve deep into each case, unraveling its unique complexities, and aggressively push for the utmost compensation you deserve.

In wrongful death scenarios, expertise matters. In-depth understanding of personal injury law, efficient negotiation strategies, and litigation skills can make a significant difference in your case’s outcome. That’s exactly what Scranton Law Firm offers – a powerhouse of legal acumen, relentless commitment, and compassionate service.

Whether it’s medical malpractice, a fatal car accident, or a workplace incident, our team is well-versed in holding the right parties accountable. Count on us to secure the justice and compensation your loved one’s loss merits.


Most Common Types Of Wrongful Death Cases

Do I Need A Wrongful Death Lawyer?

Pursuing a wrongful death claim in California may feel overwhelming in the wake of your devastating loss. Yet, it’s essential to remember the critical role that a wrongful death attorney plays in this process.

Navigating the complex legal landscape of wrongful death cases requires a thorough understanding of state laws, knowledge of insurance companies’ practices, and the ability to accurately value your claim. A wrongful death attorney possesses these skills and uses them to protect your rights, handle legal hurdles, and champion your case aggressively.

Whether it’s a fatal car accident, medical malpractice, or workplace incident, an experienced wrongful death attorney brings indispensable knowledge to the table. They know how to investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death, gather evidence, identify liable parties, and establish negligence.

An attorney also plays a pivotal role in negotiating settlements. Insurance companies often attempt to minimize payouts, but a seasoned lawyer works diligently to ensure you receive full and fair compensation for your loss.

Furthermore, in the heartbreaking event of a trial, a wrongful death attorney stands as a pillar of strength, advocating for you in court. They present your case professionally and convincingly, enhancing your chance of a favorable outcome.

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Some Of The Factors Considered In Dog Bite Cases

1. Negligence:

Negligence: The death must have been caused, at least in part, by the defendant’s negligence. This could be through a deliberate action or due to careless behavior.


2.Breach of Duty:

You must show that the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased. For instance, a doctor has a duty to provide competent medical care to their patients.

3. Causation:

A direct link must be proven between the defendant’s breach of duty and the death. This is to demonstrate that the death would not have occurred if the defendant had fulfilled their duty of care.


4. Damages:

Finally, you must show that the death resulted in quantifiable damages. This could include medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of income, loss of companionship, and more.

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What Types Of Damages Are Available To Families of California Wrongful Death Victims?

In California, families of wrongful death victims are entitled to pursue different types of damages, categorized into economic and non-economic damages.

  1. Economic Damages: Economic Damages are concrete financial losses stemming from the wrongful death. These include medical expenses incurred prior to death, funeral and burial expenses, loss of the deceased’s expected earnings, loss of benefits like pension plans or medical coverage, and the value of goods and services that the deceased would have provided.

  2. Non-Economic Damages: Non-Economic Damages, on the other hand, are intangible losses. They include the loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, and moral support. In the case of a surviving spouse, this could also include loss of consortium (intimacy and sexual relations)

It’s important to note that California law does not cap the amount of damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death case, but the precise value of these damages often requires nuanced legal understanding to calculate accurately.


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Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit In California ?

In California, the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit is primarily extended to the closest relatives of the deceased. This typically includes:

  1. The deceased’s spouse or domestic partner.
  2. The deceased’s children.

If there are no surviving individuals in the deceased’s line of descent, the lawsuit can be brought by anyone “who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.” This could potentially include the deceased’s parents or siblings.

In addition to these, others who can demonstrate financial dependence on the deceased, such as the deceased’s stepchildren or putative spouse (someone who had a good faith belief that they were in a lawful marriage with the deceased), may also be able to file a lawsuit.

Given the complexity of such cases, consulting with a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney is recommended to understand potential rights and options.

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How Long Do I Have To File a Wrongful Death Claim?

The timeline for filing a wrongful death claim is dictated by the legal concept known as the “statute of limitations.” In the state of California, you generally have two years from the date of the deceased person’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This is a critical deadline. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this period, you could permanently lose your right to legal recourse.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if the wrongful death was caused by medical malpractice and the negligence was not discovered right away, the timeline may be different.

Given the complexities, it’s advisable to seek legal counsel promptly after a wrongful death to ensure all legal rights are preserved.

Scranton Law Firm Is Here To Help

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