San Diego wrongful death Lawyer

we help families recover financially for their loss.

If you have lost a member of your family in an accident, you may have a wrongful death claim. The team at Laureti & Associates, A.P.C. has been fighting for those who have suffered significant loss due to the negligence of others for 25 years. When we take a wrongful death case, we work vigorously to ensure that justice is served and that you receive the compensation you need to move forward.


Contact Laureti & Associates, A.P.C. today for a free wrongful death case evaluation. We have worked with countless families who have lost loved ones in auto, boating, trucking, and workplace accidents as well as fires. Together, we will identify who is responsible for your loss and create a strategy to help you recover financially.

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what can you recover in a wrongful death lawsuit?

In California, a wrongful death claim arises when one person dies as a result of the negligence or wrongful act of another person. Surviving family members may file a wrongful death claim in civil court, seeking money damages from the negligent party.

Our team can help you recover compensation for funeral costs, lost wages and future financial support, medical expenses related to the accident, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. In some situations, punitive damages may also be awarded.

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who can file a wrongful death claim?

Only certain people can file a wrongful death lawsuit in California. This may include the decedent's:
  • Spouse or domestic partner

  • Children

  • Siblings or parents

  • Step-children, putative spouses and parents who were financially dependent on the decedent

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should you file a wrongful death lawsuit?

During your time of grieving, a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind. However, it is important that you consult a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. California law requires wrongful death claims to be filed within two years after the death of your loved one. If a wrongful death lawsuit is not filed, your family will lose the ability to seek compensation for its loss.

If you are suffering from the loss of a spouse, child or parent and believe that someone's negligence is responsible for their death, we can help you identify a path to financial recovery.

hire an experienced wrongful death attorney

Car accidents. Boating accidents. Construction site accidents. Medical malpractice. These events can change your family’s life forever. You may lose a spouse, a parent or a child. Losing a loved one to the negligent acts of another is unbearable and may be followed with great financial strain.

Following the death of a loved one, filing a wrongful death claim may be the last thing on your mind. Or maybe you do not know where to begin. The legal team at Laureti & Associates, A.P.C. will answer all of your questions and provide compassionate service to ensure that your family receives what it is due. We investigate the events that led to your loss and build your case. Our team also works on a contingency basis, meaning that you do not pay unless we are successful.

At Laureti & Associates, A.P.C. our priority is being there for you as you grieve your loss. We are here to take your call, answer your questions and help you recover financially for what your family is owed. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Thanks for all of your help and dedication. It was apparent to me that you were always on the ball. I really appreciated that, knowing that this was such a small case. I will definitely be in contact with you for any other legal matters I may have.

Rich Davis, Sivad, Inc.

Thank you for your wonderful service and being nice and kind. You were very helpful in everything you did for me, and my family.

Jason Moore & Family

I had someone run into the back of my car in February of 2020. I called Laureti Law Firm following my accident. They were very professional, always giving me updates, explained every step involved, and I was very satisfied with settlement! I highly would recommend Laureti Law to all the people I know!

Mike H.

Tony was the best ever. He was responsive and would answer any questions I had right away. I have had experiences with lawyers who would act like you were bothering them when you had questions. He made me feel like he was treating my case like it was his most important case. Not one complaint and I tell anyone who asks if I know an Attorney about Tony. Thank you again.

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Wrongful Death FAQ

What Types of Incidents Can Lead to Wrongful Death Claims?

Wrongful deaths can be a painful experience for families. The sudden or unexpected loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence can be devastating emotionally, psychologically, and financially.Understanding the different types of incidents that can lead to a wrongful death claim can help you recognize when you have a valid case. Since different types of wrongful death cases require different legal strategies, understanding the specific approach for your case can help you and your attorney build a strong case.The most common types of incidents that can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit in California are:

  • Car accidents
  • Product liability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
What Damages Can Be Pursued in a San Diego Wrongful Death Case?

If your loved one has been involved in any incident that led to their death, you may have a right to seek compensation. Our wrongful death attorney can help you pursue some damages in a San Diego wrongful death case.

Economic Damages

You can be compensated for financial losses you incurred as a result of the death of a loved one. This can include:

  • Lost financial support
  • Medical costs
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Benefits the deceased would have provided to your family

Non-Financial Damages

These include compensation for non-monetary losses and damages experienced by the surviving family members. They include:

  • Loss of love
  • Suffering and pain
  • Lost emotional support
  • Loss of guidance and companionship
Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California?

Yes, a time limit exists for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in California. However, it is worth noting that each incident has its own statute of limitations for filing this type of claim.For example, if the death was caused by medical malpractice, the time limit is two years from the date the death occurred. However, this law has exceptions and variations based on the cause of the individual’s death.

How Is Liability Determined in a California Wrongful Death Case?

Determining liability in a California wrongful death follows a similar process to other personal injury cases. Liability is typically established based on the principle of negligence. As the plaintiff, you have the burden of proof, meaning you must present sufficient evidence to prove negligence by demonstrating the following elements:

  • Duty of care
  • Causation
  • Breach of duty
  • Damages
Contact Laureti & Associates Today 

At Laureti & Associates, we are well-versed in wrongful death laws in California. We can help you navigate the complex legal system and ensure you receive the compensation your family deserves to get through the untimely death of your loved one. Call us at (619) 389-2794 to schedule a free consultation and get your case evaluated by our San Diego wrongful death attorney, Anthony Laureti.