WRONGFUL DEATHS IN A WILDFIRE
Losing your home or personal property in a wildfire can be devastating enough. But when you lose a loved one, property losses pale in comparison. Hiring a lawyer experienced both in wildfire lawsuits and wrongful death cases is critically important.
TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR LEGAL OPTIONS
Experience in Complex Wrongful Death Cases
The lawyers at Wildfire Recovery Attorneys have decades of experience handling complex wrongful death cases against large corporations. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. While money will never replace a loved one, it is important to hold corporate entities responsible for their actions. Additionally, our team of lawyers and staff have handled cases on behalf of thousands of victims of wildfire cases in the recent 2015 Butte Fire, the 2017 North Bay Fires and the 2017 Southern California Fires. And now, we stand ready to fight for your loved ones’ memory and your loss from the tragic and historic Camp Fires and Woolsey Fires of 2018.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In California, only certain people can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their family member or loved one. The guidelines are found in the California Code of Civil Procedure Sections 377.60 to 377.62.
Generally, the laws governing wrongful death cases allow the following individuals to file a wrongful death case:
- A domestic partner or surviving spouse; and
- The children of the decedent.
If there is no surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children, then the following individuals can file a wrongful death case:
- Dependents of the decedent;
- A “putative” spouse (this is a spouse who did not have a valid marriage under the law for some reason but has a “good faith” belief that the marriage was valid under California law;
- Children of a putative spouse;
- Stepchildren; or
When Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In California, there are statutes of limitations that are deadlines by which you have to file a lawsuit. For most personal injury claims and wrongful death cases, you have two years from the date of the victim’s death to file a wrongful death suit. Having collectively represented hundreds of wrongful death claimants in lawsuits throughout the country, we understand how difficult it is to talk about the case soon after the incident occurred. It is important, however, that you contact an attorney when you are ready to discuss your case so that you can fully understand your rights.
What type of Recovery is Available in a Wrongful Death Case?
A wrongful death case is intended to provide monetary compensation for your loss. These losses include medical expenses incurred prior to the victim’s death and any funeral or burial expenses.
You are also able to recover economic damages such as loss of income.
Equally important are the noneconomic damages that you are entitled to recover. These include the pain and suffering from the loss of your loved one.
Call Wildfire Recovery Attorneys for a Free Consultation
Our team of experienced wrongful death lawyers and staff are ready to speak to you whenever you are to explain your rights, options and answer any questions you might have.