When someone passes away, a loved one may be able to bring a civil action in Superior Court against the person(s) or entity that was responsible for causing the death. The right to bring a wrongful death action usually lies with the closest relative of the person that passed away. That may be the decedent's spouse or domestic partenr, child or parent.
A wrongful death action may be brought because the poor decision of another or a dangerous product caused the death of your loved one. In 2016, there were more than three-hundred (300) fatality auto accidents just in San Diego County - nearly one per day. However a wrongful death lawsuit may also involve a dangerous product.
Most wrongful death actions must be brought within 2-years from the date of death. Wrongful death because of medical malpractice may be subject to a 1-year deadline. It is critical that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your claim is timely.