Sacramento City Wrongful Death Lawyers
Suddenly losing a loved one is one of the worst things that can happen in life. The feelings of grief and injustice are often compounded by the tangible hardships of loss including loss of wages, medical bills, funeral or burial expenses, and other difficulties. The bereaved may also suddenly be left to wonder how they will be able to carry on without the companionship, guidance and support the deceased provided.
California state law allows for those that have suddenly lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence to seek justice and compensation through wrongful death cases. Ellis Injury Law has a team of Sacramento City wrongful death lawyers ready and waiting to help guide you through the process and win compensation on your behalf.
Contact Ellis Law personal injury lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options, whether you have a case and the best course of action for your particular situation.
Wrongful death cases and survival action benefits
There are two main kinds of lawsuits surviving family members can bring against liable parties in the event of the death of a loved one: wrongful death claims and survival actions.
Wrongful death claims or lawsuits, according to the California Civil Procedure §377.60, are when families petition for financial compensation for losses including financial support, companionship, guidance, funeral and burial expenses, and household services.
As per the California Code of Civil Procedure §377.30, survival actions are when families seek financial compensation on behalf of the deceased when the deceased did not die immediately from his or her injuries. Survival actions seek compensation for losses such as medical expenses and pain and suffering.
If you’re unsure of which kind of case best applies to your situation an Ellis Sacramento City wrongful death attorney can help. We offer free initial consultations in which we can discuss the details of your case and offer sound advice on the best course of action.
California has a law that puts a deadline on when surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim. You have two years after the date of injury or death to file, according to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1.
However, there are some special circumstances in which exceptions can be made. For example, if the bereaved find out about the true cause of death after the two-year deadline they can file a claim, usually within a three-year period or after one year after the discovery of the cause of death. There are also instances in which the deadline is shorter, like when the government is involved.
The best way to make sure you are within the legal deadline is to get in touch with a wrongful death lawyer as soon as you can.
Ellis Injury Law Sacramento City wrongful death lawyers have been serving local residents for over 20 years. You can count on us for superior representation, compassionate service, and personal care and attention.
Reach out to an Ellis personal injury attorney today to schedule your free consultation.