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Who is legally allowed to file a lawsuit for wrongful death?

Experiencing the loss of a loved one is overwhelming. If you lost your loved one due to wrongful death, you might never be able to recover emotionally. If you have been affected by the wrongful death of a loved one, you will want to know the legal action you can take. So, who is legally allowed to file a lawsuit for wrongful death in California?

The family of the victim in a wrongful death case is legally allowed to file a lawsuit for the death of their loved one. The estate of the deceased is also legally able to file a lawsuit for the wrongful death situation.

If the deceased had a personal representative, which is typically outlined in their will or other legal document, he or she will be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The personal representative, which can be an entity such as a bank or an individual, is responsible for managing the estate of the person in question.

In other instances, the spouse of the deceased person is allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The children of the deceased can also file a lawsuit if they wish. For the most part, siblings and parents of the deceased can also file a lawsuit. So, depending on the situation, a person charged with the wrongful death of another could face lawsuits from multiple people all from one case.

Do you need to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Pasadena? Speak with an experienced attorney about your situation. You will want to protect your rights as a surviving family member as soon as possible while seeking compensation for your tragic loss.

Source: Findlaw, "Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?," accessed Jan. 04, 2018

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