Every state has what is called a “statute of limitation,” which is a guideline for how long an individual has to file a lawsuit. In most cases, the statute of limitation to file a wrongful death claim in California is 2 years from the death of the victim, but in some situations, the time frame may only allow one year in which a plaintiff may file a claim. It is extremely important to file your claim within the allotted time frame, otherwise, your claim may be denied.