Legal Information on Wrongful Death Statutes of Limitations
In most cases, the deadline to file a wrongful death claim cannot be extended or lengthened. Known as a statute of limitations, the deadline is almost always a fixed date. Beyond this date, the family loses its right to file a claim for compensation after a death caused by another person’s negligence or intentional acts.
In some very limited circumstances, a court may allow a short extension of the deadline to file a wrongful death claim. However, these extensions should not be counted on, and claims for wrongful death should be filed as soon as possible.
Contact an Attorney as Soon as Possible After a Fatal Accident
The fact that a petition to extend the deadline for filing a wrongful death claim will rarely be successful is the most important reason to consult an attorney as early as possible after a death in the family. At the time, it may seem like one additional burden during a time filled with burdens and hardships, but early consultation with an experienced wrongful death lawyer will prove to be worth it in the long run.
Your lawyer can immediately begin investigation into the causes of the incident that brought about your loved one’s death, and you can turn your attention to other issues important to you and your family.
Learn More About Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Additional information regarding wrongful death lawsuits can be found on the other pages of this FAQ section:
- How do I file a wrongful death lawsuit?
- How long after an accident can a family file a wrongful death lawsuit?
- How are wrongful death lawsuits paid out?
- Who will pay for funeral expenses?
- Can a surviving spouse recover lost earnings with a wrongful death lawsuit?
- Can I pay attorneys’ fees based on anticipated recovery in a wrongful death case?
- What kind of lawyer do I need for a wrongful death case?
These FAQ pages may not answer all your questions, especially if you have recently suffered a death in your family. If this is the case, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with our nationwide wrongful death law firm.
The trial attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano represent families nationwide in wrongful death claims. An AV-rated* law firm led by wrongful death lawyers with decades of experience, we provide strategic advocacy services along with a deeply compassionate approach and personalized attention. We receive assistance in every case from our nationwide network of associate law firms. This helps us establish a strong local presence and gives all clients the individualized service they deserve.
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.