When is the Right Time to File a Wrongful Death Suit in California?
If you believe you have cause to file a wrongful death lawsuit in California then there are several things you’ll need to consider. On one hand, you’ll want to file as soon as possible. On the other hand, there is a certain amount of information that needs to be obtained before it’s time to file. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we’re always happy to offer a free initial consultation to help you decide whether now is the right time to file. Our answer will be dependent on the follow issues and other factors, depending on your specific case.
The many factors to consider when deciding when to file your case
Before you move forward with your wrongful death suit, you want to make sure you’ve identified all the potential defendants. It may seem obvious at first but as more evidence is uncovered, the scope of the case may increase.
Next, you want to ensure the evidence is preserved. In some cases this may mean filing sooner rather than later. In other cases, you may want to wait until all the evidence has been analyzed. Amending a wrongful death case can be challenging in California. You don’t want to wait too long but you don’t want to jump the gun either.
You’ll also need to be sure that you’re ready to both prove and explain liability. You’ll need to be able to prove and determine the amount of economic damages, as well as the monetary value for non-economic damages. Proving these factors generally require hiring expert witnesses who can calculate the amounts and testify to them in a court of law. When you work with Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas you’re working with a law firm that works on contingency. That means we handle the costs of experts and you don’t owe us anything until we win the case or settle it on your behalf.
We can help you understand the ins and outs of wrongful death suits
Without a legal background, it would be difficult for anyone to understand all the intricacies of wrongful death suits – especially someone who’s grieving from such a tragic loss. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we are here to inform you of the important things you need to know. For example, many people don’t realize that California juries aren’t generally allowed to take grief or mental anguish of survivors into consideration when making their decision.
They’re also not generally allowed to consider whether the survivors were wealthy or pour. However, there are exceptions. For example, if a survivor was a witness to the death then they may be able to recover damages for their emotional distress.
The complexities of wrongful death suits necessitate an experienced attorney
Wrongful death cases are complex. They require an immense amount of experience and skill to successfully litigate. Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas is the experienced and knowledgeable California personal injury lawyer you’re looking for. Call us today at 877-982-0707 to set up your free consultation.