Regardless of how a death occurs, losing someone is an extremely difficult and painful ordeal. The sorrow, pain and mourning that comes with a death can seem unbearable. These feeling can be even greater when the loss occurs unexpectedly by the negligence of another.
Fortunately, in the state of California, an individual can be compensated for damages that were caused by the wrongful death. For those who have a loved one that became a victim of a wrongful death, it may be hard to think about filing a claim against the negligent party. As hard as it may seem, it is important to do so in a timely manner. Here’s why:
- Statute of limitations – Each state has a statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In the State of California, you have two years to file a claim. Once this time has passed, the ability to be compensated through a lawsuit is gone.
- Moving on – Wrongful death lawsuits in California can take some time to be completed. By waiting to file a lawsuit the date of the process being completed is only pushed back. The grieving process is difficult and can be affected by the lawsuit.
- A stronger case – Over time, people tend to lose and misplace things. In a wrongful death lawsuit, losing a piece of key evidence can be damaging to the case. Also, testimonies from eye witnesses should be procured sooner rather than later. It is important that all witnesses and pieces of evidence are presented in a manner that will best support your case.
Don’t wait to file your lawsuit. For a free case evaluation, contact an experienced Santa Monica wrongful death attorney at Steinberg Injury Lawyers. Call 800-989-6385 today to discuss your legal options.