The California Code of Civil Procedure provides for certain heirs to file for a wrongful death action on their own behalf for the victim’s death. Those persons are the following (CCP § 377.60):

·                      Surviving spouse
·                      Domestic partner
·                      Children
·                      Issue of deceased children
·                      Putative spouse
·                      Children of the putative spouse
·                      Stepchildren
·                      Parents

However, according to caselaw, unmarried persons living together but are not registered domestic partners may not be able to qualify as a wrongful death claimant for the death of the partner [Holguin v. Flores (2004)].

To be better informed about the legal standing or qualification of a person who may file a wrongful death claim, consult with a lawyer who is an expert in personal injury cases.

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