Pasadena Wrongful Death Attorney
Get Compensated For Your Loss
Wrongful death is an unpredictable situation that results in a life-altering experience for the deceased individual’s family. If you have endured the sudden loss of your loved one, please accept our deepest condolences.
During this difficult time in your life, you may have questions or concerns about how to handle your situation. Wrongful death cases are extremely tragic and unexpected. It is often one of the most difficult times to make complex decisions. However, those affected by it have the right to be compensated for the void left by their loved one’s death. The victim’s heir(s) are given the right to receive compensation for any economic and non-economic damages that were caused by the wrongful death of a loved one.
West Coast Trial Lawyers is determined to help you get the maximum compensation and justice you deserve. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the experienced Pasadena wrongful death attorneys at our firm. No fees are paid until your case has been settled. Reach out to our 24/7 legal team by calling (626) 412-8157 or emailing [email protected]
Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Pasadena
- Pedestrian accidents. Pasadena was previously ranked as the fourth in pedestrian injuries or deaths. Nearly 65 percent of pedestrian accidents happened at intersections with traffic lights. This also includes bicyclists, too.
- Car accidents. This is one of the most common causes of wrongful death in various cities throughout California. Several drivers have been victims of wrongful death due to another driver’s reckless behavior. Nearly every week, there are new cases of fatal car accidents in Pasadena.
- Motorcycle accidents. In Pasadena, motorcyclists generally get into street races that result in loss of vehicular control, thus leading to a potentially fatal motorcycle accident.
- Criminal violence. Fatal shootings and stabbings have become more noticeable. Within the first week of November, there have already been 3 shootings and 1 stabbing. There have been many other instances of criminal violence taking place within the past year. In total, nearly 581 acts of crimes were committed in Pasadena. Pasadena’s crime rate is higher than about 65 percent of California’s cities and towns.
What Elements Create A Wrongful Death?
When a wrongful death occurs, the victim’s family may want to seek compensation for their losses. There are four elements that the family must prove were involved when the wrongful death incident took place. This includes:
- Negligence. It is expected for the victim’s heir(s) to prove that the wrongful death was caused by the defendant’s negligent and careless behavior.
- Damages. The victim’s family must show the losses that resulted from the victim’s death.
- Breach of Duty. There must be proof that the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased individual. The plaintiff is therefore responsible for determining how the defendant’s duty of care existed and if it was breached due to their reckless actions.
- Causation. Lastly, the plaintiff is required to show proof of how the defendant’s careless behavior resulted in wrongful death.
What Is The Statute Of Limitations for Wrongful Death?
The statute of limitations is a specific period of time an individual is given to file a lawsuit. In Pasadena, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is typically two years from the date of the victim’s passing. However, there are exceptions. If the victim’s death was not immediately noticed and was discovered days later, the time period may be extended. This means that the victim’s family is given the opportunity to file a lawsuit starting from the date when they first found out about the loss of their loved one.
There are other circumstances that may warrant additional time to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If an individual passes away due to a defective design or construction, for example, then the family will be given 6 months to file a wrongful death lawsuit. For situations involving minors, there are special rules applied. If a minor wants to file a lawsuit for the death of their parent(s), they are not given a deadline until they turn 18 years old. Once the minor is of age, then they have a time frame of 2 years to sue the individual at fault for the loss of their parent(s).
Medical malpractice claims include special guidelines. According to the California Code of Civil Procedure section 340.5, the victim’s heir(s) are given 1 to 3 years of time to file a wrongful death lawsuit, starting from the date they first discovered the reckless behavior that resulted in the death of their loved one. It is ideal to reach out to an experienced Pasadena wrongful death attorney to review your case to determine whether or not you are still able to sue the individual at fault for the incident.
If you exceed the statute of limitations, you will no longer be qualified to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Thus, it is important to act immediately to ensure that you and your family receive the justice you deserve along with maximum compensation for the losses that were caused by the wrongful death.
If you suffered the loss of your loved one due to wrongful death, West Coast Trial Lawyers has skilled Pasadena wrongful death attorneys that have over 60 years of legal experience. We will help you recover financial and emotional damages that were caused by the negligent acts committed by another individual. This includes medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, property damage, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. We have secured more than $1 billion for our clients. Our goal is to make sure that you are taken care of. There are no financial risks involved when you use our services. We are here when you need us the most 24/7. Contact our friendly legal team by calling (626) 412-8157 or emailing [email protected]