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What Constitutes a Wrongful Death Case, and Other Elements to Consider

The passing of someone you care about can be one of the most difficult experiences to endure. The trauma is magnified when the death of your loved one could have been prevented, or worse, was caused by the negligence of another individual, establishment, or entity.

Common Causes of a Wrongful Death

There are several types of cases explored when an individual has perished due to the negligence of another. The following is a limited list of some of the ways in which another is responsible for the wrongful death of an individual. As in California Law, injury and even death due to someone else’s negligence can entitle the injured party (or heirs) to compensation for damages.


  • Medical malpractice and pharmacology
    • Incorrect doses of medicines or not performing appropriate medical practices;
  • Auto accidents, including:
    • Driving under the influence;
    • Reckless driving
    • Distracted or inattentive driving
    • Negligence
  • Other vehicle accidents:
    • Trains
    • Planes
    • Buses
  • Unsafe or un-maintained roadways
  • Defective products
    • including automobiles, tools, toys, furnishings, electrical products, etc;
    • Products without proper instructions or labeling
  • Inappropriate staff training
    • Failure to train staff on expected and preventable incidents;


If you or someone you know is grieving over the death of a loved one caused by the actions of another person, entity, or company, consult an experienced attorney immediately to see whether there is a potential wrongful death claim.

Time Limitations in Wrongful Death Claims

There are important time limitations you must be aware of when looking to file a lawsuit for wrongful death. These time limits are demanding and are also rigorously enforced; and not filing or initiating your claim within these predetermined times can result in barring one’s rights as a victim. It is essential that you seek the advice of an expert wrongful death attorney to understand the time limits as well as gonig over the issues and process as a whole. An experienced attorney will immediately begin to gather evidence and compile important information.

While no person’s life has a pre-determined or specific monetary value, recovery of damages and losses for the unnecessary loss of a loved one can be critical to a family’s wellbeing. Hiring a compassionate and experienced wrongful death attorney is essential to obtain financial restitution and support to aid your family move forward.

Heiting & Irwin APLC involve experienced and dedicated teams of attorneys who can help you file a wrongful death suit and work towards a beneficial outcome. Dealing with the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is a difficult burden.  Sometimes we just shut down with the weight of the loss.  Let Heiting & Irwin shoulder the burden to investigate and carry the claim for the wrongful death of your loved one.  Call right away.  Do not delay.



Richard Irwin

Mr. Irwin is a recognized specialist in Workers’ Compensation law. He has been certified as a specialist by the State Bar of California since 1995. He limits his practice to handling only workers’ compensation cases. View Attorney Richard Irwin's Attorney Bio Here.

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