If you have lost a loved one in an accident it is important that you hire experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. Wrongful death laws in California can make seeking fair compensation very difficult and, without the help of a dedicated attorney, you may never see even a fraction of the compensation your family needs to carry on.

If you live in or around Bakersfield and are in need of a wrongful death attorney, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine online or by calling (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free and informative consultation.

Eligible Parties

Parties who may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim in California include:

  • Current spouse or domestic partner
  • Children
  • Putative spouse and children
  • Stepchildren
  • Parents

When no surviving person in the deceased’s immediate line of descent is available to file suit, eligible parties may include siblings, grandparents, and anyone else “who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.”

The best way to determine if you are eligible to take legal action is by discussing your case with an experienced wrongful death attorney. Mickey Fine is ready to meet with you free of charge and obligation to help you understand your rights, your options, and the best way to get justice for your family.

One Action Rule

In California, the party accused of being responsible for a wrongful death cannot be sued multiple times by different family members. This is called the One Action Rule and can, to an extent, complicate legal proceedings. Under this rule, all eligible family members must be included in the initial action and compensation must be divided fairly. Even when not directly involved in the claim, heirs and other eligible parties are entitled to a share of compensation. Attorney Fine will discuss this with you in greater detail during your initial consultation to help ensure no unforeseen problems arise.

To schedule your free consultation with California wrongful death attorney Mickey Fine, call (661) 333-3333 today. We maintain offices in Bakersfield.