Norwalk Wrongful Death Lawyers
You and your family’s lives are now divided into “before and after” a loved one’s wrongful death. Before the injury caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, your loved one provided guidance, companionship, and financial support. After their death, you and your family are devastated and do not know how you will go on. Nothing prepares you for this type of loss, and nothing can bring your loved one back. However, those responsible for your loved one’s demise should be held accountable.
The Norwalk personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law can help you receive the maximum compensation for the loss of your family member. Our skilled attorneys have recovered over $350 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Not all accidents in which a person dies qualify as wrongful death cases. Wrongful deaths are those in which another party recklessly, negligently, or intentionally inflicted harm on another person, resulting in death. While many wrongful death lawsuits involve motor vehicle accidents, other common examples of wrongful death include:
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Swimming pool accidents
- Toxic exposure
If the wrongful death results from a crime, such as arson, manslaughter, or murder, family members may file a civil lawsuit. This lawsuit is separate from any criminal prosecution faced by the defendant.
After a thorough investigation, a wrongful death lawyer can determine which parties involved in the death may prove liable. For example, negligence often occurs because of what a property owner fails to do, rather than what he or she does. If a homeowner fails to keep the fence around a swimming pool repaired and a child slips through the opening and drowns, the homeowner’s negligence resulted in the death.
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit
In California, only family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit. There is an order of priority for filing such a lawsuit, with the surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children taking precedence. If the deceased did not have these surviving family members, other family members, based on blood and marital ties, may file a lawsuit.
The statute of limitations for filing the majority of wrongful death lawsuits is two years from the death date. Obtaining legal advice as soon as possible after the family member’s death is wise, even though you are in the midst of grieving. If the wrongful death involved any type of government agency, the time limit for filing a claim is only six months. The sooner an investigation is launched into the accident or other cause of death, the better.
Contact Norwalk wrongful death lawyers
If you suspect another party’s actions or inactions played a role in the death of a loved one, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney at Ellis Injury Law. We will review the circumstances of your loved one’s death to determine if it constitutes a wrongful death case. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. While the majority of cases are settled, when necessary we will go to trial. There is never a fee unless we win.