Wrongful death happens almost every day in Los Angeles. Reckless drivers, hazardous workplaces, malfunctioning products, or careless property owners can all be the cause of avoidable lethal accidents. If you or someone in your family or close friend group has recently lost someone in any type of accident, speak with a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney at Khachikyan Law Firm, APC for support. We offer compassionate legal representation and free wrongful death consultations at our local Los Angeles law office or by telephone. Someone may owe your family a significant financial return for the damages caused.

Why Should I Trust Khachikyan Law Firm, APC With Representing Me In My Claim?

  • We focus almost exclusively on personal injury compensation lawsuits, giving us an edge during the negotiation of claims.
  • We are incredibly motivated in assisting families during the aftermath of a preventable fatal accident.
  • Our team of attorneys have represented clients in all subcategories of personal injury law, including car accidents involving motor vehicles or a workplace.
  • We assist families through wrongful death cases at zero cost upfront. We will not charge you for our services until we win.

How Can An Attorney From Khachikyan Law Firm, APC Help My Family And Me With My Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death is at the very top of the list when it comes to a devastating possible outcome caused by another person's negligence. At Khachikyan Law Firm, APC, we do not believe any family should be forced to accept wrongful death without a fight. Your family deserves to receive justice, as well as compensation if another person's negligence or reckless behavior was the cause of a loved one’s death. Hiring an attorney experienced in wrongful death law can provide you with the opportunity to hold one or more at-fault parties accountable following a fatal accident. Your appointed attorney will take care of the complicated legal tasks involved with your case while your family focuses on recovering from the loss of your loved one:

  • Investigation of the accident
  • Collection of evidence and proof of negligence
  • Determination of all responsible parties
  • Obtaining medical records
  • Handling of complicated claim documents
  • Proving all losses taken by your family
  • Establishing a case against the defendant
  • Maximum recovery of compensation
  • Going to trial with the claim in LA County if deemed necessary

Proving a Wrongful Death Case Within The State Of California

Before you can recover compensation for the death of a loved one, you and your attorney will need to be able to prove that a wrongful death did occur. Generally speaking, proving a wrongful death claim requires evidence that the opposing party acted negligently and that this was the cause of your loved one’s fatal accident. It is never necessary to attempt to prove that the defendant intended to kill your loved one, or that the individual in question meant to injure this person. Alternatively, significant proof is based upon the legal theory of negligence. Negligence consists of four major elements your qualified wrongful death lawyer must prove to the court to likely be true.

  1. An owed Duty Of Care. The opposing party must have owed your loved one a duty to apply reasonable care. The particular responsibilities owed to the victim will depend entirely on the person's relationship with the defendant. A friend or acquaintance providing medical advice, for example, will have different duties of care than an authorized physician.
  1. A breach or violation in Duty Of Care. You and your legal team are required to provide adequate evidence of any violation of the defendant's duty of care. A breach can be any conduct that falls outside of the defendant’s duty of care.
  1. Injury and or accident caused. The defendant’s wrongdoing or negligence must be the actual cause of your loved one’s critical injury. Your lawyer will have to prove that your loved one’s death would in fact more than likely not have occurred if the defendant had obeyed their duties of care.
  1. Damages incurred. Ultimately, your family must prove that the negligence of the defendant gave you compensatable losses. Your attorney can assist you in listing all of the damages that came with the loss of your loved one, such as medical costs, damages to property, loss in wages, funeral costs, and psychological distress.

Statute of Limitations In The State Of California Regarding Wrongful Death

There is a deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in the state of California. This comes in the form of a particular law in California called a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations keeps wrongful death claims fair for both parties involved by encouraging the victim to file their claim within a reasonable length of time. In most cases within California, the victim has two years from the date of their loved one’s death to file a claim.

This two-year limit may not come with a discovery rule exception. The discovery rule declares that if a victim does not realize their injuries until a later date than the immediate time of the accident, the individual in question will have up until the date of discovery before the countdown begins.

Case deadlines can be longer or shorter in length than two years based on the conditions. If you are filing your claim against the government in California, for example, you will not have as much time to act. It is essential to take swift legal action after a wrongful death has occurred in your family. If you miss your statute of limitations, it's entirely possible you may no longer be eligible to receive compensation for the death of your loved one, even if your lawyer could potentially prove negligent behavior was the cause. The defendant could possibly use your missed deadline as a point of defense against their responsibility for the accident. Speak with a qualified Los Angeles-based wrongful death attorney immediately to avoid missing the deadline.

Contact A Wrongful Death Attorney From Khachikyan Law Firm, APC Today

At Khachikyan Law Firm, APC we are incredibly passionate about aiding people in Los Angeles who have experienced a wrongful death in their families. We understand that many fatal accidents while driving, working at your job, or on another person's property can be avoidable. It is our goal as a firm to shed light on negligent behavior and possibly deter any accident from occurring in the future. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation in person or via telephone and take your first step toward justice for your loved one. 

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