Wrongful Death

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Ventura Wrongful Death Attorneys

Seeking Justice For Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones in California

If you have lost a loved one in a negligence-related accident, we at Richard | Bartlett Lawyers cannot even begin to imagine what you and your family are going through. We wish to assist you during this difficult time by helping you file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one. This not only makes the at-fault party responsible, but it can also ease the financial burden felt by you, and your family, who are facing numerous costs, such as funeral arrangements and paying for any medical care received by your deceased loved one.

Begin filing a wrongful death claim by calling our Ventura wrongful death lawyers at (805) 438-2440.

Causes of Wrongful Death Incidents

Some common causes of wrongful death may include:

Eligibility for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in California

In the state of California, the right to file a wrongful death claim is bestowed to specific individuals closely connected to the deceased. Eligible parties typically include:

  • Immediate Family Members: Spouses, children, and parents of the deceased are often the primary parties eligible to file a wrongful death claim. These individuals are considered the most affected by the loss and are granted legal standing to seek compensation.
  • Domestic Partners: California law expands the right to file a wrongful death claim to registered domestic partners as well. This acknowledges the significance of long-term committed relationships beyond traditional marriages.
  • Financial Dependents: Individuals who were financially dependent on the deceased may also have the right to file a wrongful death claim. This category can include stepchildren, putative spouses, and other relatives who depend on the deceased person for financial support.
  • Legal Representatives: In some cases, the personal representative of the deceased's estate could obtain a wrongful death claim on behalf of the estate and the eligible family members.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims in California?

California imposes a particular time frame, known as the statute of limitations, within which the wrongful death lawsuit will need to be filed. Failure to meet this deadline could result in the loss of the right to seek legal action. The statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits in the state of California is generally two years from the date of the deceased person's death.

While this might seem like a sufficient timeframe, it is essential to act promptly. Investigating the circumstances surrounding a wrongful death, gathering evidence, and building a strong case can be very time-consuming. Waiting until the last minute may jeopardize the ability to present a thorough and compelling claim.

There are exceptions to the two-year rule, such as when the wrongful death is the result of medical malpractice or involves a government entity. In these cases, different rules and deadlines may apply. It is crucial to consult with our experienced Ventura wrongful death attorneys promptly to ensure compliance with the applicable statute of limitations.

Why Choose Richard | Bartlett Lawyers

Our firm has recovered more than $100 million in compensation for our clients, which earned us membership into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, a prestigious organization. When coupled with our more than 30 years of experience, our impressive track record of success can make you feel confident in our capabilities to assist you. In the event your case needs to be settled in court, you can also feel assured in knowing that our extensive trial experience will be used to your advantage.

Working with our firm can provide you with the following benefits:

  • Weekend and emergency hours are available
  • Contingency fees – we don’t charge legal fees unless we recover compensation
  • Personalized and attentive services

Contact Our Ventura Wrongful Death Lawyers Today

Our firm will take care of all the details and paperwork associated with your case so that you can continue spending time with your family and focus on healing. Ventura attorney Richard will work diligently to ensure that justice is served, which we believe is essential for providing victims with a sense of closure.

Contact our Ventura wrongful death attorneys as soon as possible for the compassionate counsel you need for your case.

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