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What kinds of cases does a wrongful death attorney handle?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

At J&Y Law Firm in Los Angeles, California, we specialize in handling wrongful death claims with compassion and legal acumen. Wrongful death occurs when a person’s death is caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another person or entity. California law provides a pathway for the deceased’s family members to seek justice and compensation for their loss. This article will explore the types of cases wrongful death attorneys handle, highlighting the nuances of California law.

Types of Wrongful Death Cases:

1. Vehicle Accidents: California’s bustling roads see a high incidence of fatal accidents involving cars, motorcycles, trucks, and even pedestrians. When these accidents result from another’s negligence, a wrongful death claim can be pursued.

2. Medical Malpractice: When medical professionals fail to provide the standard of care, resulting in death, families can seek justice. These cases range from surgical errors to misdiagnoses.

3. Workplace Accidents: Industrial accidents, especially in construction and manufacturing, can lead to fatal outcomes. California law mandates safety protocols, and violations leading to death can result in wrongful death claims.

4. Product Liability: If a defective product causes a death, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers can be held accountable.

5. Premises Liability: Property owners are obligated to keep their premises safe. Fatal accidents due to unsafe conditions, like slip and falls, can be grounds for a claim.

6. Criminal Actions: Deaths resulting from criminal acts, such as assault or homicide, may give rise to wrongful death lawsuits alongside criminal prosecution.

Understanding California Wrongful Death Law:

California’s wrongful death statutes (California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60) allow certain family members or representatives to file a lawsuit for damages. These damages include funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship. The statute of limitations in California is generally two years from the date of the deceased’s death, but exceptions can apply.

The Role of a Wrongful Death Attorney:

An experienced wrongful death attorney can provide invaluable assistance by:

  • Investigating the circumstances of the death
  • Identifying liable parties
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Preparing and litigating the case in court, if necessary


Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in California?

Family members like spouses, children, or parents, as well as financial dependents, can file a claim.

How long do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit in California?

The statute of limitations is usually two years, but specific circumstances may extend or shorten this period.

Can I file a wrongful death lawsuit if the deceased was partially at fault?

Yes, under California’s comparative negligence law, you can still recover damages, although the compensation might be reduced.

What kind of compensation can I expect in a wrongful death claim?

Compensation can cover funeral expenses, lost income and benefits, loss of companionship, and sometimes punitive damages.


At J&Y Law Firm, we understand the profound impact of losing a loved one due to another’s negligence. Our dedicated team is committed to guiding families through these challenging times with professional and compassionate legal representation. If you’re facing the aftermath of a wrongful death, contact us today at (877) 711-2175 to discuss your legal options under California law.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.