A wrongful death is a death caused by the willful action or neglect of another person. A wrongful death lawsuit is meant to compensate surviving relatives or dependents of the decedent (person who died) for the personal loss of that individual as well as the loss of their financial support.

If you feel that your loved one’s death was caused by negligence, you should speak with a wrongful death lawyer in San Diego as soon as possible. You and your family may be eligible to recover monetary compensation for the loss of your loved one. Compensation might include lost economic support and pain and suffering. For more information, schedule a free consultation today.

Types of Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death claims may be made for many reasons, including the following:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Automobile crash
  • Boating accident
  • Slip and fall accident
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Hospital Negligence
  • Defective product
  • Industrial accidents
  • Construction site accidents

Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence of another person, hospital, clinic, or other medical institution or health care provider you may sue that person or provider for wrongful death. When we place our lives in the hands of doctors and nurses; they have a special responsibility to treat us reliably.

Medical malpractice may involve:

  • Surgical errors
  • Prescription errors
  • Errors of judgement, such as when to release a person from medical care in a hospital
  • Failing to refer someone for medical care when it is beyond the capability or training of the healthcare professional
  • Defective medical device
  • wrong diagnosis
  • Prescription errors
  • Wrong treatment
  • Failure to treat

Who May Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Persons who are eligible to bring a wrongful death lawsuit are described in California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60 to 377.62. They include, but are not limited to:

  • The decedent’s spouse, domestic partner, children and grandchildren or their representative
  • A person dependent upon the decedent who is found by the court to have believed in good faith that the marriage to the decedent was valid (putative spouse) and their children
  • A minor if at the time of the decedent’s death lived the previous 180 days in the decedent’s household and was dependent upon the decedent for at least one-half of the minor’s support
  • Stepchildren dependent upon the decedent
  • Parents dependent upon the decedent

In California, a wrongful death lawsuit, in most circumstances, must be filed within two years of the decedent’s death.

Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer in San Diego

Persons seeking a wrongful death claim need lawyers who are compassionate towards and understanding of their clients as well as knowledgeable of the wrongful death laws in California. Our San Diego wrongful death attorneys are skillful professionals on both counts. They would be pleased to work with you if your loved one has suffered a wrongful death.

To find out if you have a wrongful death claim, please contact our wrongful death lawyers in San Diego. We provide free case reviews for families who believe they might have a claim.