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[Content Updated January 17, 2022] – The loss of a close loved one remains among the most painful experiences any family can face. But when someone else’s negligence takes a life, the trauma you face can multiply the lifelong pain you will suffer. Because of this, the decedent’s family left behind will often be forced to deal with the hysteria and financial hardship of their loss may receive some relief by making a wrongful death claim or filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

At the Los Angeles-based Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC our superior wrongful death lawyers fight for legal justice on behalf of grief-stricken families making a wrongful death claim. We represent people who suffered the loss of a loved one when the negligence of other parties struck them down in Los Angeles County, California, and all across the U.S.A. Our very best wrongful death lawyer is also available 24 hours per day to confidentially discuss your wrongful death claim.

Financial Compensation For Accidental Death?

True. The domestic partner or other loved one that the decedent left behind during this sad occasion may be unaware of their significant legal rights to compensation, called a “wrongful death claim.” So these severely impacted survivors of psychological personal injuries now face burdensome, ominous financial losses in a very short amount of time in many wrongful death cases.

To survive wrongful death’s financial and emotional consequences, all your family members living in Los Angeles, CA, you or your loved ones must gather fresh details, which is used in support of your wrongful death claim.

Call our best wrongful death lawyer for free to start the Los Angeles, California wrongful death claim legal process!

After your free consultation and forming an attorney-client relationship, your no-win, no contingency fee injury attorney will seek insurance settlement compensation options while you grieve and heal.

After signing your wrongful death claim, they’ll instigate an insurance settlement demand procedure before filing any wrongful death lawsuit.

We Make It Happen For You!

Ehline Law Firm’s most experienced wrongful death attorney can help you or a loved one pursue maximum compensation for any wrongful death claims.

Common Causes of Los Angeles Wrongful Death Claims

A careless person’s neglect or intent causing death justifies the pursuit of a wrongful death claim with few exceptions. Our Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers have seen all manner of these types of wrongful death cases.

The main cause of a wrongful death claim with people thirty-five or less is automobile collisions. The number two cause of wrongful death, particularly with senior citizens, is medical malpractice. other causes include: slips, trips and falls, car accidents, bicycle motorcycle accidents, truck wrecks, workplace and, industrial mishaps. Other cases our Los Angeles wrongful death lawyers help with include swimming pool drowning, cruise ship accidents, train rashes, chemical exposure (asbestos), and product manufacturing defects. 

Here are some common causes of a Los Angeles wrongful death claim:

  • Auto accidents include car accidents, trucks, Uber-Eats delivery vehicles, bicycles, buses, pedestrians, or motorcycle accidents.
  • Work accidents include fire, explosion, toxic chemicals, knives, power tools, harvesting machines, farm equipment, heavy machinery, or fatal physical overexertion.
  • Defective products accident – faulty, failing, malfunctioning accelerators, burned-out disc brakes, or airbags that explode.

Other Fatal Wrongful Death

Accidents causing a wrongful death include malnutrition, asphyxia, disease, suicide, homicide, drowning, severe burns, intense heat or cold, drug intoxication, electrocution, starvation, dehydration, radiation toxicity, workplace accidents, and bombing from domestic warfare. Wrongful death lawyers at our firm offer a risk free consultation to go over the details of your case and talk about forming an attorney-client relationship with a top notch advocate.

How To File A California Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death lawyer will look first to the Jury Instructions. The elements of your claim must meet the statutory definition. If the insurance companies with the ability to pay for recovery play games, the aggressive partners at our office can resolve contested issues by seeking a jury verdict.

Our venerable Los Angeles Super Lawyers will explain this in detail. Then, we use your free consultation or multiple “consultations” to hear your voice and listen to your grief.

In a nutshell, state or federal laws will generally decide questions on how, when, where, or what specific family members can seek losses from a wrongful death against the responsible party or another person with culpability for killing your loved one. Our wrongful death attorney helps victims to navigate the paperwork and make sure they recover their fair share after losing a loved one who provided support and affection. Reach out to our touted personal injury law firm if you need a shoulder to cry on.

Statutes and Laws Governing Wrongful Death Claims

Rules governing wrongful death include the California Code of Civil Procedure, California Civil Code, CACI, and Gov Code.

Where To Sue:

Usually, the city where the liable person(s) resides or works, including the place where their misconduct caused your loved one’s death is where lawyers file the wrongful death suit.

CAVEAT: when suing others for deaths on a cruise line or under certain insurance policies, a contract may decide the forum state and even Los Angeles County. This will be the legal forum where a survivor can name at-fault defendants and file wrongful claims for the death of a loved one.

Deadline Time To Sue:

California’s wrongful death statute of limitations generally provides a limited amount of time for a survivor to sue or take legal action after a victim’s death. Two years isn’t always maximum or minimum to bring a personal injury case. Other factors shortening or lengthening the deadline may trigger.

The discovery rule carves out an exception to the twos years statute when a plaintiff failed to discover their injuries until a date later than incident passes itself. In that case, the plaintiff has until the date of discovery before the clock begins ticking.

Even if you don’t retain a lawyer, it wouldn’t hurt to ask a lawyer before giving up on the legal system. On or more parties may have coverage.

Generally, surviving spouses, heirs, and issue claiming against a government actor must lodge claims, filed within 6 months after someone was killed. A shorter period also applies in medical malpractice claims. (Under California Code of Civil Procedure §340.5, a party has three years from the date of harm, or “one year after the plaintiff discovers, or through the use of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the injury, whichever occurs first.”)

It’s not easy to know what to do after a deceased person’s death without legal assistance during all the emotional trauma. The insurance industry has compared families with no lawyer following catastrophic events of an unexpected death.

The success record shows our attorneys get people paid more in verdicts and settlements for negligent and intentional misconduct.

Who Can You Sue?

These are the ones who caused your loved one’s death and personal injury case. Any survivor eligible to receive the decedent’s estate during intestate succession may also use their personal representative attorney to file a California wrongful death case action in civil court.

Wrongful Death Plaintiffs

Anyone injured at the hand of another, even the familiy of someone who suffered a fall and died. Decedent’s family members, including the representative of the estate, can pursue damages against all those with liability. A list of parties entitled to sue for wrongful death includes the decedent’s surviving spouse (home-maker, domestic partner, putative spouse, blood child, stepchildren, grandchildren, mother, or father.)

Decedent’s adopted children or enumerated people identified by testamentary documents may seek a Los Angeles wrongful death action recovery. Generally, if the right people lost household services and love, they may be a plaintiff we can represent. If you miss someone, you you were dependent on, you may have legal rights.

When you prove no one listed as a survivor exists, the deceased’s parents and siblings (brother, sister) may have death claims as the next statutorily authorized to sue. Your wrongful death lawyer will explain the circumstances to the decedent’s living heirs.

Our victorious, expert. lead wrongful death attorney has recovered millions on behalf of people just like you. Would you like to receive the compensation you deserve and move forward with your life? Call us now at (213) 596-9642.

How A “Death Attorney Los Angeles” Sues “Responsible Parties”

Breach Of Duty?

The accused person must have breached their duty of reasonable care to the decedent.


The killer must be the actual cause of the decedent’s death.

California Damages

For validation purposes, the court needs your trial lawyer to prove you or the decedent’s issue relied upon the deceased person to survive and for love. (but for the defendant, you’d still have the same form of companionship, household services, and financial wherewithal to fix property damage, or pay burial and funeral expenses, etc.)

Wrongful Death Evidence Gathering

Ehline’s team has proven case results for recovering multi million dollar settlements and verdicts for clients. Once their client retains them, an experienced wrongful death attorney will immediately deal with the evidence gathering process. 

Their best, most calculated, collected wrongful death lawyer begins an accident investigation to receive substance testimony/evidence. Then, our legal experts will explain the fatality grounds under these fields of law, developing a picture telling your story. Finally, we’ll start holding people liable to pay wrongful death compensation amounts.

  • Our Los Angeles wrongful death attorney and staff in Southern California will interview witnesses. We will obtain statements, fetch police reports, secure video recordings, retrieve medical documents explaining your circumstances.
  • Our case investigators seek vital evidence against companies with manufacturing defects causing death. As we begin case law investigations and receive testimony about the fatality’s substance, and violence, our legal experts develop a picture, starting with all parties liable to pay the total value.
  • We will file a wrongful death claim with insurance company and will enter into protracted settlement negations on your behalf.
  • If we are unable to come to an agreeable compensation amount, we will file a wrongful death lawsuit and begin litigation.

Our helpful staff of secretaries and paralegals have one purpose. We want to get you and any injured loved a windfall outcome. So our rising stars will prosecute or try the case as clients mourn the deceased individual. Our proven results getting more are indisputable with courts and insurance companies after we file a wrongful death action or file subsequent wrongful death lawsuit down the road.

Compensation For Civil Law Death Of A Close Family Member

Unlike a criminal acts (murder) prosecution, harm to society caused by the convicted offender’s crime or other misconduct isn’t factored in for the damages available. In a civil wrongful death case, courts are unable to sentence a defendant to jail.

In a criminal charge, a person convicted may have to pay restitution for a death. In contrast, in a wrongful death case, the survivors may file claims for economic and non-economic damages.

The goal is obtaining financial stability in the form of monetary damages.

  • Wrongful death fatalities damage calculation amounts owed are figured on a case-by-case basis, with the facts of each claim guiding the division of any verdicts or settlements among the plaintiffs.
  • A survivor’s action may be filed to compensate the deceased’s estate, including deceased’s property. The administrator will sue to recover the decedent’s costs associated with the deceased’s loss of biological function and significant trauma that occurred.

We offer free consultations and even a free evaluation.

Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Damages

In wrongful death lawsuits, sometimes the survivor sees or perceives actions or wrongdoing or recklessness while they occur (Ex: parent hears or sees a car proceed to run over a child).

Plaintiffs are entitled to seek additional emotional damages, awarded for negligent infliction of emotional pain. A medical professional (expert witness) can substantiate the dollar amount of losses.

Direct reimbursement damages for surviving family members include:

  • Plaintiff’s medical bills, psychological/physiological care, and counseling costs from the negligent killing
  • Lost Financial Support – Economic losses including burial expenses, loss of anticipated past, present, and future earnings the breadwinner’s future income parents or a dead spouse would have provided the plaintiff’s household
  • Household or homemaker contribution costs associated with losing a significant other caring for your children, yard, honey-do-lists, emergency repairs, nursing care, or direct support benefit lost after a fatal injury.
  • Non-economic damages – Loss of consortium, love, companionship, emotional support, and guidance
  • Lost prospect of a better education
  • Lost future inheritance
  • Punitive Damages – Designed to make a public example of the killer.

How much compensation you receive depends on many factors. Our compassionate, charismatic personal injury attorneys are ready to offer you solace and superior legal representation and even file wrongful death lawsuits on your behalf.

Fatal Accident Settlement Negotiations

Shady insurance companies have a reputation for turning the tragic loss of a loved one into a decisive gain for their shareholders when unrepresented parties seek compensation underthe california wrongful death statute.

The insurance company negotiators sweet talk you following the fatality. They present a lowball settlement offer. Your vulnerabilities may leave you feeling incapacitated and tempted to accept the unfair offer.

We’ll negotiate with the insurance company as your legal representative and shield you.

The incomprehensible torment, loss, and suffering associated with bereaving a close family member can lead to health problems, bankruptcy, and poverty even  for those who had obtained relative success in life.

Settlements without trial can help achieve the decedent’s long-term goal of financially protecting their surviving loved ones from bankruptcy-type situations and lifetime stress.

Schedule A Free Consultation With Los Angeles Wrongful Attorneys

Our lawyers are equipped with the essential vast knowledge and experience families who seek compensation need to bring prosperous wrongful death actions. Our primary ambition is helping survivors receive the compensation they deserve to avoid further pain, suffering and financial losses. We will interact with defendants and insurers in complex and comprehensive settlement negotiations. Our law firm is totally prepared to file a lawsuit in court if the other side fails to pay you a full and fair amount of compensation for your loss.

We understand the pain and emotional  that the survivors are often faced with the emotional demands, anger and sadness most grieving survivors will face knowing a negligent person killed their love one. We will provide you and your surviving family members with respect, empathy and grace. Will also have the legal knowledge to help guide any victim through this difficult healing process.

If you lost a loved one due to the wrong actions of another person, call our Los Angeles office today at (213) 596-9642 for a free case evaluation. Our aggressive trial lawyers will come to your home, work or hospital bed 24/7. Additionally, we never charge an attorney’s fee, unless you receive an award of financial compensation.

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