When it comes to celebrities, there always seems to be something that keeps them on the front pages. Although the Los Angeles Times reported LA County prosecutors opted mot to move forward with criminal charges against Caitlyn Jenner for the alleged role she played in a fatal, multi-vehicle collision along Pacific Coast Highway earlier this year, Ms. Jenner is facing a civil lawsuit that could end up costing her millions of dollars.
The stepchildren of the woman who died in the crash have filed a wrongful death suit against Ms. Jenner, claiming it was her careless and negligent actions which were responsible for the death of their stepmother.
Now it seems Ms. Jenner is no longer able to avoid the inevitable. According to the NY Daily News, a judge has denied her request to have a protection order issued which would have delayed or restricted her testimony. Instead, an L.A. County judge granted a motion to compel Caitlyn’s testimony in the case after she failed to arrive at a previously-scheduled deposition.
If this is happening to Caitlyn, it could happen to anyone–right? Yes, in reality, what happened to Caitlyn Jenner could happen to anyone, even you. So, what can be learned from Caitlyn Jenner’s wrongful death case?
What Is a Wrongful Death Suit?
A wrongful death suit is a legal action an individual can take against another person or entity that is considered to be at fault for the death of a family member or loved one. In a wrongful death lawsuit, compensation for economic and noneconomic damages, including medical costs, lost wages and other survivors’ losses, can be pursued in civil court.
Pasadena Wrongful Death Attorney: Justice for Families
If you are facing a wrongful death lawsuit in Pasadena, it is essential you contact a wrongful death attorney immediately. California’s statute of limitations allows for only two years in which to file a wrongful death case. Specific family members hold the legal right to file a wrongful death suit after the untimely death of a loved one. The outcome of your case will depend, in large part, upon the quality of your legal representation.
What Situations Allow a Person to File a Wrongful Death Suit?
Wrongful death suits can be filed following certain types of circumstances or events. Anytime an individual’s negligence leads to the death of another, it may be within the surviving family members’ rights to file a suit seeking compensation for damages and hardships caused by a loved one’s death. Some of the situations which may warrant the filing of a wrongful death suit include:
- A driver who got behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated;
- A manufacturer who allows a defective and dangerous product to go to market;
- A company that designer a defective or dangerous product;
- A manufacturer who failed to adequately warn consumers of dangers;
- A property owner who failed to repair known defects or dangerous conditions;
- Other similar situations involving negligence.
Contact a Pasadena Wrongful Death Attorney
If you have suffered the death of a family member as a result of another party’s negligence, carelessness or wrongdoing, you may have the legal right to file a lawsuit to recover monetary damages. Your ability to file a lawsuit does not necessarily hinge on whether or not criminal charges are filed. In many cases, a civil lawsuit can proceed (as in Caitlyn Jenner’s case), even when no criminal charges were filed, or as in the case of OJ Simpson, after being found not guilty in criminal court.
Contact our law firm now to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Pasadena wrongful death attorney from the Law Offices of Ritholz Law.