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How Long After an Accident Can a Family File a Wrongful Death Suit?

Statutes of Limitations in Wrongful Death Cases

The deadline to file a legal claim, called a statute of limitations, is different depending on the type of lawsuit and the state where the lawsuit will be filed. For wrongful death lawsuits, the statute of limitations usually is somewhere between one and four years from the date of the fatal accident.

Do Not Wait Until the Deadline to File a Wrongful Death Suit

You should not delay unnecessarily before consulting an attorney about the possibility of filing a wrongful death suit, especially if you do not yet know what the statute of limitations is. Quick action is important in wrongful death claims, particularly to enable your lawyer to begin an investigation into the incident that caused death. The sooner you get help from a personal injury law firm, the better chance your lawyer will have to collect evidence and interview witnesses while the events are still recent.

Learn More About Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Additional information regarding wrongful death lawsuits for surviving relatives can be found on the other pages of this FAQ section:

If our FAQ section does not answer all your questions — and especially if you have questions about a recent fatality in your own family — we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with our nationwide wrongful death law firm.

An AV-rated law firm,* Greenberg Stone and Urbano works with an extensive nationwide network of local associate law firms. This approach allows our wrongful death lawyers to provide strategic advocacy services along with a deeply compassionate approach and personalized attention.
Find out how our approach can work for your family — regardless of where you live and where the incident occurred. Call toll free (888) 893-9846. Your family does not have to face the future alone.

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