Wrongful Death Lawyer in Los Angeles

Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is a devastating experience. At The Ultimate Law Firm, our experienced wrongful death lawyers are dedicated to providing compassionate support and securing the justice and compensation you deserve. We understand the complexities of these cases and are here to guide you through every step of the legal process.

common criteria for Wrongful Death cases

Do You Have a Case for Wrongful Death?

Determining whether you have a case for wrongful death involves many factors. Our experienced attorneys can help evaluate your situation based on the facts of your case. If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for compensation:


  • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: Misdiagnosis, surgical errors, or failure to provide adequate care.
  • WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS: Unsafe working conditions or lack of proper safety measures.
  • DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS: Products that are unsafe or improperly manufactured.


  • MEDICAL RECORDS: Documentation of the cause of death and any related medical history.
  • WITNESS STATEMENTS: Testimonies from those who witnessed the incident.
  • EXPERT TESTIMONY: Opinions from medical professionals or other experts.


  • FUNERAL AND BURIAL EXPENSES: Costs associated with laying your loved one to rest.
  • LOST INCOME: Compensation for the loss of financial support from the deceased.
  • MEDICAL EXPENSES: Costs of medical care leading up to the death.

If you meet these criteria, you may have a valid case for compensation. Our attorneys will work diligently to build a strong case on your behalf.

Our Process

The Legal Process for Wrongful Death Claims

Navigating a personal injury case after a wrongful death can be daunting, but with The Ultimate Law Firm, you’ll have experienced and compassionate guidance during every step of the process.

What Is Wrongful Death?

What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is a legal claim that allows surviving family members to seek financial compensation for the death of a loved one caused by a wrongful act or negligence. In Los Angeles and throughout California, a wrongful death lawsuit arises when someone dies due to another person or entity’s wrongful act, negligence, or even medical malpractice. This type of case seeks to hold the responsible party civilly liable for the deceased person’s death, focusing on providing justice and economic restitution to the family.

A wrongful death claim can address various economic damages, including burial and funeral expenses, medical bills, and lost income that the deceased family member would have provided. It’s important to note that wrongful death is not a criminal case, but rather a civil procedure aimed at securing rightful compensation. Whether the wrongful act was intentional misconduct, like homicide, or accidental negligence, your family may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Surviving spouses or other close family members can pursue these claims to cover their financial losses and hold the at-fault party accountable.

Survival Actions

Survival Actions

During conversations with a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer about a potential wrongful death case, you may also encounter the term “survival action.” A survival action is a different type of legal action you may be able to take after a loved one’s death in Los Angeles County. While it also claims damages for a defendant’s negligence or recklessness, the key difference lies in what it seeks to address. A survival action specifically seeks reparations for the pain, suffering, and losses of the deceased person (decedent), rather than the surviving spouse’s or family’s losses. An attorney can bring a survival action on behalf of the decedent’s estate, aiming to hold the defendant accountable for the decedent’s pain and suffering from the date the fatal accident occurred to the date of death. Pain and suffering in a survival action can encompass physical pain, mental anguish, emotional distress, and the fear of imminent death. The value of a survival action in California will depend on the severity of the decedent’s suffering before the death occurred. This legal avenue ensures that the deceased person’s hardships and trauma leading up to their death are recognized and compensated.

How Can a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney Help?

How Can a Los Angeles Wrongful Death Attorney Help?

The most tragic outcome of someone else’s negligence in Los Angeles is wrongful death. At our law firm, we believe that families should not have to endure this devastating event without seeking justice. If a loved one’s death was caused by another person’s negligent or reckless actions, your family deserves answers, closure, and rightful compensation. By hiring a seasoned Los Angeles wrongful death attorney, you can hold the responsible parties accountable and navigate the legal complexities involved, allowing your family time to grieve and heal.

  • Investigating the incident thoroughly.
  • Gathering evidence to prove negligence.
  • Identifying the defendant(s).
  • Obtaining medical records of the deceased.
  • Managing complex legal documents.
  • Proving the extent of the family’s losses.
  • Building a strong case against the responsible party or parties.
  • Negotiating for maximum compensation with insurance companies.
  • Taking the case to trial in Los Angeles County if needed.

A knowledgeable wrongful death attorney in Los Angeles will be well-versed in the state’s legal procedures for such claims and can help guide you through them during this challenging period. They will be able to accurately value your wrongful death suit, securing more compensation than you might achieve alone through insurance companies. Beyond offering legal and financial support, a compassionate attorney will also provide much-needed personal and emotional assistance, ultimately saving your family time, money, and a significant amount of stress.

Types of Wrongful Death Claims We Handle

Types of Wrongful Death Claims We Handle

On the search for the perfect wrongful death lawyer in Los Angeles, look for one with experience handling the type of accident that took your loved one’s life. Real, hands-on practice area experience is crucial to the success of your case. Ask a prospective attorney for a list of his or her practice areas. At the law firm of Rose, Klein & Marias LLP, we have spent years representing clients during different types of wrongful death claims. We can help you learn your legal rights after any type of fatal accident in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Drowning
  • Accidental poisoning
  • Medical negligence or medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Fatal workplace accidents
  • Dangerous property accidents
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Mesothelioma/asbestos exposure
  • Product liability
  • Criminal activity

After any circumstance that results in the devastating loss of a loved one, contact our wrongful death lawyers for a free consultation to discuss your personal injury case and learn your legal options. We may be able to help you hold one or more parties in Los Angeles accountable. Our personal injury attorneys are committed to rooting out negligence in our community – especially negligence that kills. Filing a wrongful death claim and/or survival action could protect others in LA by forcing negligent parties to take responsibility for their actions. It could also help your family move forward with invaluable financial stability.

California Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

California Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

There is indeed a deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in California, known as the statute of limitations. This legal time limit ensures fairness for both parties by requiring that claims are filed within a reasonable period. For most wrongful death cases under California law, the statute of limitations gives the plaintiff two years from the date of their loved one’s death to initiate a claim. Occasionally, this two-year period may include an exception known as the discovery rule. The discovery rule allows the clock to start ticking from the date upon which the plaintiff, through reasonable diligence, discovered or should have discovered the cause of death rather than from the actual date of the accident.

In certain scenarios, such as medical malpractice cases or claims against the government, the statute of limitations may be shorter than two years. Given these variations, it’s crucial to take prompt legal action following a wrongful death in the family. Missing the statute of limitations can bar your family from receiving any compensation, even if your attorney successfully proves negligence. The defense can argue that the missed deadline nullifies the claim. To avoid this, it’s essential to consult with a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. The Ultimate Law Firm is well-versed in handling these time-sensitive cases and can guide you through the complexities of the legal process, ensuring your claim is filed within the necessary timeframe.

How we can Help

Compensation for Wrongful Death Victims

Families of wrongful death victims may be entitled to several types of compensation, including:

  • FUNERAL AND BURIAL EXPENSES: Covering the costs of laying your loved one to rest.
  • LOST INCOME: Compensation for the financial support that the deceased would have provided.
  • PAIN AND SUFFERING: Compensation for the emotional distress and loss of companionship.
  • MEDICAL EXPENSES: Covering the costs of medical care leading up to the death.

Our goal is to maximize your compensation to help you and your family rebuild your lives after this tragic loss.

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Ask the Personal Injury Experts

Frequently Asked Questions

You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure evidence is preserved and your rights are protected.

We can help you explore alternative avenues for compensation, such as uninsured motorist coverage.

In California, you typically have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim.

Seek emotional and legal support, document any relevant information, and contact our legal team for guidance.

If you’ve been suffered a wrongful death and need assistance, we are here to help. You’ll notice the impact of our personalized and dedicated legal support from your initial call.

If you are unable to visit us, we can come to you at a location that suits you best: hospital, home, or hangout.

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