How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim?

Generally, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the accident that caused your loved one’s death. If a governmental entity is a cause of your loved one’s death, you may have to file a claim with the appropriate governmental entity within six months. Then you will have to file a lawsuit in a certain amount of time, depending on how the entity responds to the claim. These are strict time periods. If they are not adhered to, you will not be able to recover damages for your loss. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to make sure you do not lose the ability to bring your claim, and to start gathering evidence as soon as possible.


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