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Navigating wrongful death suits in California

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Personal Injury

The loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions is a heartbreaking experience that can devastate families and cause them to face significant financial and emotional challenges.

In California, the law provides a pathway for certain family members or representatives to file a wrongful death suit, seeking compensation for their loss.

Immediate family members

The law prioritizes immediate family members when it comes to filing a wrongful death suit. This group includes spouses, domestic partners and children of the deceased. These individuals often suffer the most direct financial and emotional impact from the loss, making them primary candidates for seeking damages through a wrongful death claim.

Extended family and dependents

If there are no surviving immediate family members, the opportunity to file a wrongful death suit extends to other relatives who might have been financially dependent on the deceased. This can include parents, siblings or stepchildren, provided they can demonstrate financial dependence on the deceased. The law aims to protect those who suffer financially from the loss, extending the right to seek compensation to a broader circle of dependents.


In some cases, the estate of the deceased may file a suit. This action typically occurs through an executor of the estate, seeking damages on behalf of affected family members or dependents. This approach can consolidate multiple claims into a single suit, streamlining the legal process.

Empower yourself by taking the necessary steps toward seeking justice and compensation, and act now to secure your rights when facing the wrongful death of a loved one. If you have lost someone and feel a suit is justified, contact The Law Office of Aman N. Shah to schedule a consultation.