San Diego Wrongful Death Actions: When It’s Time to File a Suit
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In 2013, Southern California was kind of like the home of traffic collision deaths. Some of the counties with the most fatalities included Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego. Los Angeles being a big community, sat at 630 deaths for that year alone and San Diego had an astounding 201. In fact, in 2015, news reports started stating that traffic deaths were on the rise in San Diego, with the number of deaths raising nearly 18% from the year prior. Many of these deaths stemmed from pedestrian deaths. San Diego is also known for having very dangerous freeways where people tend to speed and drive distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
When your loved one has lost their life in a San Diego traffic accident, you may wonder where to turn. It is obvious that a negligent party has played a role in the accident and now you wonder how you can bring a claim on behalf of your loved one. You should have the time to grieve for your loved one has been killed in an accident, but the bills are piling up and the emotional toll it takes on your family has been bringing you down. Let us help you every step of the way with your case.
Helping You Prove Your Claim
A wrongful death suit should always be cut and dry, right? In a perfect world, it would be easy to make a claim for damages in a wrongful death suit after somebody has lost their life, but unfortunately, big-name insurance companies and attorneys for the other party tend to work against us and delay our claim. This is why it is always important to preserve useful evidence in your case and make the process for damages much easier. Here are some ways to do so:
- First of all, you want to keep all filing deadlines in mind when it comes to your claim because it is important that you don’t miss the deadline to file, also known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations in California is two years from the time of your loved one’s death in California. This is important to remember so that you don’t miss the filing deadline and lose out on the chance to file your claim at all.
- You want to collect useful evidence in your case, such as witness statements and photographs.
- Lastly, never forget to receive a police report from the law enforcement officers who arrived at the scene of your loved one’s accident. The police report can be extremely useful in an accident case, as it likely shows which party is liable for the accident based on fault.
Am I Able to File For Damages?
You may think that anybody close to your loved one is able to file a claim for damages, but this is not always the case. For instance, a neighbor who occasionally saw your loved one would probably not be eligible to file a claim for damages after their death. However, there are many other parties who can bring these claims. These include spouses, children, parents, domestic partners, and more who were closest to your loved one.
You may find it difficult to put a number amount on your loved one’s death, and it may be difficult for you to perceive a thing like damages. However, you don’t want to miss out on financial opportunities to help your family through this time of need. You may be responsible for paying many of the medical bills that keep adding up or have to take care of financial aspects for your loved one’s children because they are now missing out on their parent’s income. Perhaps you want to push for punitive damages, which are meant to punish a defendant for reckless behavior.
No matter how you want to move forward with your claim, we have your back in your time of need when you bring your wrongful death suit. We want to help every step of the way. Give us a call today to get started on your case at 310-954-7248. At the Los Angeles Injury Group, we are here for you.