California Wrongful Death Lawyers

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Secure Justice on your Loved One’s Behalf

If a member of your family has been killed in a car accident or another type of accident, you are facing one of the hardest times of your life.

Our Orange County wrongful death lawyers have extensive experience handling wrongful death claims and have recovered millions of dollars for wrongful death victims. You are entitled to burial and funeral expenses, and compensation for the loss of your loved one.

Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in California?

If you are a surviving family member of the deceased, you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim in California courts.

Surviving Spouse

Surviving Children

Other Descendants or Heirs

Parents of the Victim

If a member of your family has been killed in a car accident or another type of accident, you are facing one of the hardest times of your life. Let our experience at RMD Law LLP guide you through this hardship and help you obtain the compensation that you and your family deserve.

Our Orange County wrongful death lawyers have extensive experience handling wrongful death claims and have recovered millions of dollars for wrongful death victims. Don’t let the insurance companies take advantage of you and the rest of your family during this difficult time. You are entitled to burial and funeral expenses, and compensation for the loss of your loved one.

Our Track Record Of High Settlements Has Changed Lives And Helped Many Of Our Clients Move Forward With Financial Peace Of Mind.


Recently recovered

Over $100,000,000 total recent personal injury wins for our clients. Our dedicated personal injury lawyers are eager to fight for you.


Recent bad-faith settlements

RMD Law found an insurance code violation by the defense insurance company in a wrongful death case. With smart lawyering, we used the violation to argue that the $100,000 policy limits no longer applied.


Rollover Auto Accident

The insurance company wrongfully refused to pay our client the $100k policy limit in a rollover auto accident. RMD Law refused to take no for an answer, and filed a lawsuit alleging bad faith, ultimately winning millions for our deserving client.


Auto v. Auto Settlement

Confidential bad faith settlement – a negligent driver t-boned our client at a red light resulting in severe spinal injuries. The defendant’s insurance company unreasonably refused to pay the $100K policy limit. RMD Law filed a lawsuit seeking the true value of the case. Policy was opened, and the client settled for an amount vastly higher than the original limits.

RMD Law is dedicated to getting your life back on track.

We care about your recovery. We stake our reputation on it.

Aria Miran, esq.

Nicole Dolle, esq.

John Rajaee, esq.

Yen Quach

Ryan Drakulich, esq.

Ariana Martin, esq.

Aria Miran, esq.

 Aria is a member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. He speaks English, Farsi, and Spanish.

Nicole Dolle, esq.

Nicole has settled hundreds of personal injuries claims, known for her professional, honest, and caring approach.

John Rajaee, esq.

John is a former defense lawyer turned award-winning personal injury lawyer. He speaks English and Farsi.

Yen Quach

Associate Attorney Yen Quach started work at RMD Law in 2017 as a paralegal. Injured clients seeking justice from insurance companies can do no better than Yen.


Ryan Drakulich, esq.

Ryan is a caring and experienced litigator. He defended scores of depositions and understands what it takes to move a case in Orange County.

Ariana Martin, esq.

Ariana Martin is one of RMD Law’s skilled personal injury lawyers. She brings a lot of legal experience to the table, having worked previously in the field of insurance defense.

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Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death refers to a situation where a person’s death is caused by the negligence, misconduct, or intentional act of another party. This could include cases such as medical malpractice, accidents caused by negligence, dangerous products, or criminal actions.

Below are some elements to be considered in pursuing a wrongful death case:


In California, certain individuals or entities are typically eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These include the surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, and certain other dependents. If there is no surviving person in these categories, other individuals may be entitled to file a claim.


To pursue a successful wrongful death case, you will need to establish that the other party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions caused the death. This typically involves gathering evidence, witness statements, medical records, and expert opinions to support your claim.


If liability is established, the court may award damages in a wrongful death case. Damages can include financial losses such as medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of income, as well as non-economic damages such as loss of companionship, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.


Generally, a claim must be filed within two years from the date of death. However, there are exceptions and circumstances that can impact this time limit.

Every case is unique. It is crucial to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney in California to assess the details and determine the best course of action based on the applicable laws.

What damages can I recover from a wrongful death claim in California?

In California, the damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death claim are governed by state laws. The following are the types of damages that may be available in wrongful death cases:


These damages are intended to compensate for the financial losses incurred due to the wrongful death

Funeral and burial expenses

Medical expenses

Loss and financial support


These damages are aimed at compensating for the emotional and non-financial impact resulting from the wrongful death.

Loss of companionship and consortium

Loss of guidance and nurturing

Mental anguish and emotional distress

Loss of household services


In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded. Punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.

To better understand the specific damages that may apply in your case, make sure to consult an expert wrongful death attorney.. They can evaluate the circumstances and guide you through the legal process to seek appropriate compensation for your loss.

Discover Your Legal Options in a Free Case Consultation

Insurance companies are still out to protect their bottom lines, even in the most tragic accident cases. Our wrongful death attorneys have the experience, insight, and tenacity to obtain the maximum compensation possible for clients who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We are available 24 hours daily to provide the legal advice you need—whenever you need it. Call us today!

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San Diego, CA
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John went above and beyond to assist me with my personal injury case after I was involved in a car accident. I spoke to several attorneys regarding my case and although I decided against hiring one due to the minor damages on my car, John was the only attorney I felt like I could trust. I was truly blown away by his kindness, honesty, and willingness to answer all of my questions and go over different options with me. He truly went above and beyond and showed a great amount of compassion and integrity. If I'm ever involved in an accident again, I will not hesitate to call John at RMD Law.
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Orange, CA
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Through out the entire process, RMD law was super informative and constantly updated me as often as they could! Chelsie and Aria were who I spoke with the most, and they worked around my schedule to ensure I could get the best service possible. I am so grateful for how easy they made this process after my car accident. Thank you team for everything!
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San Leandro, CA
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Finding and deciding to choose RMD Law was the best decision we could have made. The staff was incredibly nice, supportive, and a pleasure to work with. A big thank you to Kathia for being in constant communication, and getting us the treatment we needed. The process was incredibly easy because of your guidance.

Have you been injured and need legal assistance? Call us today to feel as cared for and supported as our clients!

Frequently Asked Questions

In California, a wrongful death is a legal concept that arises when a person’s death is caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of another party. Wrongful death claims allow certain surviving family members or beneficiaries to seek compensation for the losses they have suffered as a result of the death.

There is no fixed or specific limit on the amount of compensation that can be awarded in a wrongful death case in California. The amount you can sue for can vary widely based on several factors, including the circumstances of the case, the financial losses suffered by surviving family members, and the available evidence.

The one-action rule states that a plaintiff (the person bringing the lawsuit) must bring all claims arising from a single incident in a single lawsuit. Designed to promote efficiency in the legal process, this rule essentially doesn’t allow a plaintiff to file separate lawsuits for personal injury and wrongful death if both claims arise from the same underlying incident. Instead, they are required to bring both claims together in a single lawsuit.

At RMD Law, we believe that reputation is everything. When clients trust us with their cases, we do everything in our power to help guide them. That means personal service and sharp advocacy. We care about the details of your case because that is how we can get you the best settlement.

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