What is the general statute of limitations for a wrongful death case in California?

The general statute of limitations in the state of California is two years from the date of the death caused by the "wrongful act or neglect of another." This period can be shortened or extended based on the nature of the action.

For example, if the basis of liability is the negligence of a healthcare provider, the statute of limitation is shortened to one year. Likewise, an action against a public entity requires that a claim is filed within six months. The best advice is to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

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