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Medical professionals might face lawsuits for wrongful death

You expect that a loved one will get appropriate care from the doctors and medical professionals who are supposed to be taking care of them. When someone fails to do their job, you might end up getting a call that your loved one has lost his or her life. This is a sad situation that can devastate the family.

While you might not want to think about having to take legal action while you are grieving your loved one's death, you should consider the possibility if you think that you have a case. This is because there are time limits that are set forth by the law for how long you have to file your claim.

While the time limits are important, there are other considerations that you have to think about if you are planning to file a claim for compensation related to your loved one's death. For example, you might have to provide notice to the medical professionals before you can file a lawsuit.

The law might limit who can file a claim for compensation in a wrongful death case. Typically, the person who files the claim has to have suffered a financial loss because of the death. A spouse might be the one to file a lawsuit. If the person isn't married, a child or a parent might be the person to file the claim.

It is imperative that you understand how California laws can impact your claim. This information can help you to develop a plan that could help you to reduce the financial impact of your loved one's death.

Source: FindLaw, "Can You Sue a Hospital or Doctor for Wrongful Death?," George Khoury, Esq., accessed July 21, 2017

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