Wrongful Death


Seeking Justice for Families in Irvine

The loss of a loved one is never easy. However, when that loss is due to an accident in which another party may be to blame, the loss can be even more difficult. In these times, the family of the deceased may be overwhelmed and unsure of where they can turn for help.

At the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, our caring wrongful death lawyers in Orange County can compassionately guide you through your legal options. 

We understand that you are dealing with terrible loss and the anxiety of an unknown future. Our firm is dedicated to bringing a degree of peace to your family during this time and providing the legal help and representation you need in order to secure your future.

Since 2004, our firm has obtained more than $500 million on behalf of our clients. To begin a free case evaluation with the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, call (949) 565-4281 today!

Leading Causes of Wrongful Death Claims

Our team at the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg is here to help the families of personal injury and medical malpractice victims who lost their lives due to negligence or wrongdoing of any kind, including:

Our firm works with experienced investigators and dedicated staff to uncover the cause of your loved one's death and help you find closure and justice.

Eligibility for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Orange County

In California, only select relations can file a wrongful death lawsuit. While losing a close friend or significant other is devastating, you can only be compensated for this loss if you are related to the deceased by blood, residence, or legal status.

The following people may file for wrongful death in Orange County and California at-large:

  • The decedent’s surviving spouse
  • The decedent’s domestic partner*
  • The decedent’s surviving children

*While California allows domestic partners to file wrongful death lawsuits, the rules regarding domestic partnership change frequently. Please consult our Orange county wrongful death attorneys or check the Domestic Partners Registry to make sure any information you’re relying on is up-to-date.

In some cases, the person who passes away does not have a direct descendant or obvious beneficiary. When this occurs, anyone who would be legally entitled to inherit their property can file a claim. This includes the parents and siblings of the deceased.

Assuming they can prove their financial dependence on the deceased, stepchildren may also be able to bring about a wrongful death lawsuit in California. The complete rules for wrongful death lawsuits in the state of California can be found in the Code of Civil Procedure section 337.60.

Understanding the Time Limits for Wrongful Death Claims

Per California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1, all legal action regarding the death of an individual caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another must be filed within two years of your loved one’s passing. 

This is a particularly strict statute of limitations and it does not specify any exceptions. Filing your claim sooner rather than later can also help ensure access to evidence and clear testimony from all witnesses.

If you are unsure of your rights, contact our wrongful attorneys in Orange County at (949) 565-4281. We can provide you with guidance during this difficult time.

Potential Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Financial compensation is not meant to “make up for” the death of a loved one, so to speak. Instead, financial compensation is meant to help secure the future and well-being of the surviving loved ones.

Depending on the facts of the case, you may be able to recover the following:

  • Loss of Future Wages
  • Loss of Inheritance
  • Medical & Funeral Expenses
  • Loss of Benefits
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Loss of Care & Protection

Determining the cause of the incident is crucial to effectively proving liability. This takes immense time and preparation on the part of a law firm in order to establish the facts and pursue the most effective course of action. At the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, we devote significant time to each and every client’s case, with the goal of providing for their future.

Choose Silberberg Law for Your Wrongful Death Case

As former defense lawyers, our Orange County wrongful death lawyers have the unique advantage of being able to anticipate the direction and arguments of the opposition. This enables us to provide our clients with a well-crafted defense that effectively represents their needs and pursue justice from the party responsible for the death of a loved one.

Contact an Orange County wrongful death lawyer who can provide compassionate, effective representation in Irvine and all Orange County. Call the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg today at (949) 565-4281!


Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients

The Law Office of Marshall Silberberg is proud to be able to represent clients in some of the most difficult times of their lives. With decades of experience as former defense attorneys, we are able to provide our clients with well-rounded representation that has earned us the respect of our peers and even opposing counsel! We fight for maximum compensation on behalf of our clients and have obtained more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements to date. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm for more information about your case. We have offices in Irvine and Los Angeles for client convenience.

Call (949) 565-4281 for a free case evaluation with our firm!

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          Under our representation, your case will be backed by decades of experience; experience that includes hundreds of trial cases and countless courtroom wins. Our straight-shooting, no-nonsense approach has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.

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