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The Process of a Wrongful Death Case

On Behalf of | May 18, 2018 | Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is a very traumatizing experience for the ones that they have left behind. The death that occurred can be due to natural or accidental reasons, but sometimes the reason for death was because of the fault of someone else. At this point not only do you want them to have them held accountable but also you need to cover any costs that were incurred due to the death. When you do this, you file a case for wrongful death.

How To File The Case?

How long it takes for a case to be resolved depends completely on the case itself. Case time lengths differ case by case, it can take several months to even years. In California, you have a time limit of two years to actually file the wrongful death lawsuit with the court. This is unless you have a case based on medical negligence then the time period you have to file the case is three years.

There are some cases, like when a governmental body is involved that you may have a little less time – 180 days, to file the case. While filing a case you have to remember that the case must be filed in a Californian civil court because it is a civil case.

The Whole Process:

Before you file a case for wrongful death you need to consult a wrongful death lawyer. Your California wrongful death lawyer will look into your case, and then highlight how strong your case is. Because a case should be based upon facts a wrongful death lawyer in California will look at all the facts and gather up as much evidence to support them, like doctors’ notes, police reports, and other eyewitness reports.

Based on these facts, your California wrongful death attorney will then decide how much you can claim, and he will liaise with the other party in regards to the offer on the table. Once this is done your California wrongful death lawyer will then file all the required paperwork with the civil courts for wrongful death. The paperwork filed will cover various things. One of these things that will be covered will be including a complaint and summons. These complaints and summons will then be sent to the other side, to notify them of the case being filed. It will also let them know the details of the case, and the allegations that you are making against the other party, and why you think that they are responsible for your loved ones’ death. The other side then has to respond to these.

Wrongful death is traumatizing and can turn out to be quite a complicated experience in the state of California which is a California wrongful death lawyer that is well versed in California wrongful death lawyer by your side. Find out your best options for a wrongful death lawsuit in California by contacting Licata & Yeremenko, A Professional Law Corporation. Call our offices at 818-783-5757 to get a free consultation.