If you are in a situation where you have lost a loved one and curious about the legal process around recovering some type of financial compensation stemming from the tragic situation, you are not alone in your confusion around this topic. Like so much of personal injury law, the rights and restrictions around a California wrongful death case can be incredibly complicated and confusing. Not only will working with an experienced attorney help make certain that all the necessary paperwork is filed correctly and deadlines are met but it will also help ensure that your case gets the compensation you deserve for your untimely loss. We are so sorry for your loss and while we know firsthand how no amount can ever fill the void, it can help with other things like outstanding medical bills, covering for the loss of the individuals' financial contributions to your relationship and much more.
CCCP Sections 377.60-377.62
California wrongful death law is laid out in the California Code of Civil Procedures Sections 377.60-377.62. So who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in California? Here are the main categories of individuals that can file a wrongful death lawsuit in California:
- The surviving spouse
- The surviving partner
- The children of the deceased
- Putative spouse, partner and children
As you can see, filing a wrongful death lawsuit in California is not limited to the widow. In addition to the parties listed above, there are certain instances in which a court will let the parents of the deceased, financially dependent stepchildren and those who would be entitled to the property by intestate succession file a claim. If you fall into one of these categories and are curious about your rights to bring a lawsuit and the overall process, you will definitely want to get in touch with us to discuss things further.
Other Important Considerations
Establishing the right to file a suit following the death of a loved one is just one of the many legal aspects to your case-- there are also several important considerations to keep in mind when it comes to wrongful death cases, including:
- Limitations on the number of suits that can be filed
- The 2 year California statute of limitations (put differently, you only have a certain amount of time to file a case following the death of a loved one)
- Whether the death meets the elements of a wrongful death case
- Evidence issues
The Walch Law Firm
If you are reading this then you probably have a lot of questions about how a wrongful death lawsuit works and we are here to help you every step of the way. When you hire the Walch Law firm to help with your wrongful death case you can feel confident that everything will be handled with the utmost respect for you and your family. We are a family firm and know how difficult this time is. Our clients feel comfortable knowing that their legal and financial needs are being asserted- let us give you that same sense of security. We will work tirelessly to make sure that your case is compensated appropriately and everything is handled as quickly as possible. We are always available to talk so please call or fill out the contact us form and let's connect. Your consultation with us is free and confidential and designed to answer all of your questions and concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.
Nine Reasons To Choose Us
When looking for a California wrongful death lawyer, you want a law firm that can get you the money you deserve. At Walch Law, we don't just meet our clients' expectations, we exceed them. We win over 95% of our cases and will work hard to get you the same great results we have gotten for so many of our happy clients. When it comes to handing a California wrongful death case, resolving your case as quickly as possible for as much money as possible is how we approach every case.
Founding partner Gary Walch started this law firm to help people in your very situation. With over forty years of experience, you can feel confident that when you hire Walch Law Firm, you are benefiting from his years of experience. Robert Walch has been with the firm since 2000 and has a track record of success, as does the rest of the highly qualified staff at Walch Law. A family firm with the resources of a big law firm means you get the best of both worlds.
There are lots of law firms that will happily take your business but very few will deliver results and handle your case the way that we do. We understand and respect how difficult this time is for you and our family. When you hire Walch Law Firm you are hiring a family firm that you can trust. We have a stellar reputation within the legal community and among our clients.
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For many individuals and families following a death it is not just an emotional time but a stressful financial time as well—hiring an attorney should help relieve this financial stress which is why you hire us on a contingency fee arrangement. Translation: you don't pay for any fees or costs associated with your case until you get paid. We have the financial resources of a large law firm but the accessible environment of a small firm meaning your case won't get lost in the shuffle.
Whenever you are ready, we are available to talk and this open and available communication model is something that our clients enjoy until their case is closed. We keep you informed and updated on your case every step of the way, always explain what's happening in plain English and ultimately deliver on our promise to get you paid.
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Winning over 95% of our cases means that you can feel very confident when you hire us to help with your case. Some of our recent victories include a $5,000,000+ settlement for a car accident, $1,250,000 settlement for a wrongful death pedestrian case and $2,500,000 for injuries related to a subway accident.
First and foremost, you are suffering a major traumatic loss and we understand that. We can help with counseling, medical professionals and other important resources during this time. Your focus should be on dealing with this loss, let us take care of all the legal details.
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There are small firms that might not be able to front the costs of your case and there are big law firms that will easily take your case but lack any type of personal touch (and you might have trouble hearing back from them when you want to) and then there's Walch Law Firm. We can handle any case and pride ourselves on our accessibility to clients. Father-son duo Gary & Robert Walch treat everyone like family and this personal touch is something that our clients as well as our employees constantly comment on and appreciate!
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