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Jul 23

What is the Statue of Limitation for a Wrongful Death Claim?

Posted by: Personal Injury Attorney  

What is the Statue of Limitation for a Wrongful Death Claim?The moments immediately following the death of a family member or loved one will be traumatic enough without even considering the legal battle that may occur. If the death was caused by the negligence or malfeasance of another party, the surviving family members may be entitled to a settlement in order to pay for some of the huge costs associated with a death. This has many clients asking Farhad Hamdam, PI attorney in Los Angeles, what the statute of limitations is for a wrongful death claim within California.


In the vast majority of scenarios, all personal injury and wrongful death cases have a two year statute of limitations. This means that the victim or their loved ones have exactly two years from the date of the injury or death in which they can begin filing the proper paperwork. There are exceptions to this rule though, including those that will be filing the case against a government agency or a medical malpractice action. For these two specific situations, victims or their family members have 180 days or 365 days respectively to file the initial paperwork against the defendant.

No matter how straightforward these cases may seem, they can become extremely complicated in a matter of moments. We understand just how difficult that short period after the death of a loved one can be, and that is why Farhad Hamdam, wrongful death attorney is here to take the guesswork out of these convoluted cases. Contact our office today for the legal representation that you deserve after a traumatic accident.