Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorneys
Wisner Baum Prioritizes Kind, Compassionate Legal Counsel
At Wisner Baum, we know that no one expects to suddenly lose a family member, life partner, or dear friend. Unfortunately, it does happen — sometimes because of another party’s negligence.
If negligence caused the untimely death of someone in your family, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to seek justice and compensation for this preventable tragedy. We know legal action is likely the last thing on your mind when you are mourning a loved one, so let our attorneys provide you with compassionate legal counsel and fight to bring the at-fault party (or parties) to justice on your behalf.
Accidents That Cause Wrongful Death
Any death that has occurred as a result of another party’s negligence is considered a “wrongful death” in the eyes of the law.
Thus, wrongful death claims can arise from many different accidents, including but not at all limited to:
- Truck accidents
- Car accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bridge collapses
- Building collapses
- Train accidents
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- California wildfires
- Structure fires
Since wrongful death claims are so wide-ranging, it is essential to work with an attorney experienced in the specific type of accident that caused your loved one’s death. Wisner Baum is home to lawyers with decades of experience and skill litigating in a wide variety of practice areas. With varied backgrounds and areas of expertise, your case is in good hands with us.
What Compensation Can I Receive in a Survival or Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In California, the representative of the estate of a decedent may recover compensation for damages beginning at the time the negligence took place up until the actual time of death, such as medical expenses, funeral bills, and punitive damages where appropriate. In addition, wrongful death claimants may recover damages including lost wages, mental suffering, and for the loss of the comfort, society, companionship, and guidance they would have received from their loved one.
Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Different states have different laws governing who may file a wrongful death lawsuit. In the state of California, widows, widowers, or registered domestic partners, and children of a decedent may be able to seek compensation in a wrongful death claim. Parents or siblings may also be able to file wrongful death lawsuit under certain circumstances.
If you are unsure if you are eligible to file a claim, consult with a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer as soon as you are able. Some cases may be governed by a statute of limitations, which specifies how long plaintiffs have to pursue a claim, so it is in your best interest to contact an attorney quickly.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California?
n California, the statute of limitations allows wrongful death claimants two years from the date of death to file a claim. One common mistake that claimants make is waiting too long to begin legal action, believing the statute of limitations seems to extend far into the future and they will have time to address the matter later. It takes time to build a case and file a complaint, so the sooner your wrongful death lawyer can begin work, the better.
There could be additional deadlines you are required to meet as well. For example, an administrative claim must be filed in order to pursue legal action if your loved one died in an accident involving a government entity. You must file these claims six months from the date of the injury.
Working with a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Los Angeles
Simply put, the sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. Wrongful death attorneys will be able to help you avoid missing any important deadlines. They will also take additional steps to lay a strong foundation for your case, from assisting you in identifying the at-fault party to determining whether to file your case in a federal or state court. They will ensure your loved one’s probate estate is opened, when appropriate, and that any and all notice provisions are taken care of.
Wisner Baum’s legal team fights for the rights of wrongful death claimants and has a record of winning high-profile cases. We understand that nothing can make up for the loss of a family member, but if negligence was a factor in their untimely death, the party responsible should be brought to justice.
$2.0 Billion Verdict Personal Injury
In May of 2019, the jury in the case of Pilliod et al. v, Monsanto Company ordered the agrochemical giant to pay $2.055 billion in damages to the plaintiffs, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a Bay Area couple in their 70s.
$105 Million Settlement Pharmaceutical Settlement
Wisner Baum obtained $105 million on behalf of multiple clients involved in a pharmaceutical negligence case.
$18 Million Settlement Whistleblower Settlement
Wisner Baum secured an $18 million settlement against the Boeing Company for overcharging the U.S. government on aircraft maintenance.
$17.5 Million Settlement A Major US Plane Crash
Wisner Baum obtained a $17.5 million settlement on behalf of a client who was killed in a major U.S. plane crash.
$15 Million Settlement Truck Accident
Our firm successfully negotiated a $15 million catastrophic injury settlement for our clients. The case stemmed from a Southern California accident involving a commercial truck and a pedestrian.
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