Orange County Wrongful Death Lawyer
Pursuing Justice for Lost Loved Ones 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.
Why Entrust Us with Your Case?
As former defense lawyers, our Orange County wrongful death attorneys 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 represent their needs and pursue justice from the party responsible for the death of a loved one.
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!
Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case
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.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit 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 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.
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.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for a Wrongful Death Claim?
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 2 years of your loved one’s passing. This is a particularly strict statute of limitations and it does not specify any exceptions.
If you wish to pursue a wrongful death claim, you must file within 2 years or you will lose your right to take legal action altogether.
Filing your claim sooner rather than later can also help ensure access to evidence and clear testimony from all witnesses.
Contact a 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!