Long Beach Wrongful Death Actions: When It’s Time to File a Suit
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Every day in Long Beach, California, we see accidents of all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a traffic accident because somebody was driving distracted, a pedestrian accident, or more – Long Beach is no stranger to a variety of accidents that happen for many different reasons. In fact, a research study has shown us that, since 2016, pedestrian fatalities and injuries have been on the rise as well as fatalities from other accidents including bicyclists, motorcyclists, and more. The study conducted on pedestrians shows us that these trends coincide with other traffic fatalities in general, which shows us that some years tend to be worse than others. Many of these accidents happen for negligent reasons, like drinking and driving, driving distracted, and more.
What can you do when a loved one has lost their life due to the negligence of another party? What if you have lost your loved one when you least expected it and now the bills are piling up when you’re supposed to be spending time grieving? Allow us to help you in your time of need as you defend your rights and the rights of your loved one after a horrific accident.
Standing By Your Side Through Every Aspect of Your Claim
Wrongful death claims are never easy. Not only will you be fighting for the rights of the loved one you have lost in a very desperate time, but you will also be fighting against the big-name insurance companies, a defendant who claims the accident is not their fault, and many other parties to prove your claim. Sometimes it is more difficult than it seems. However, there are some easy ways to preserve evidence in these cases, making the process much easier for you.
For instance, your attorney will be able to help you retain your rights and meet all deadlines when it comes to your claim. One of the most important aspects to think about is the statute of limitations, which is the amount of time you have to bring your claim before you are barred from doing so. This is two years from the time of your loved one’s death in California. This is something to remember so that you do not miss the filing time.
Furthermore, you will need concrete evidence to back up your claim and speak on behalf of the loved one you lost. For example, perhaps there was a police report involved in your accident. You may want to get your hands on this, as police reports tend to show an investigation and who might have been at fault for the accident. In other cases, you will want to gather all witness statements from those who saw the accident from start to finish as well as records that show there were many injuries suffered by your loved one before their death, and bills to back that up.
Who Can File for Damages?
There are many parties who may be eligible to file for damages in these cases. For example, the spouse, children, domestic partners, parents, and many others close to your loved one might be able to bring a claim. In other cases, the personal representative of the deceased will have to bring a claim, which means that the damages will be put in an account to benefit those who have lost out on damages because of the death.
Though it may seem impossible to put a number amount on your loved one’s death, you may still be entitled to compensation. For instance, what if you are the parent of someone who has lost their lives and now you are responsible for paying the medical bills that resulted from their accident before they passed away? What if there was lost income or funeral expenses? These cases could even lead to punitive damages meant to punish a defendant after a reckless action has occurred.
Call an attorney who can help you every step of the way when your loved one has lost their life. We want to stand by your side every step of the way and gain you and your family the compensation you deserve in this dire time. Call us today at 310-954-7248, as we want to speak to you as soon as possible.