Washington Wrongful Death Lawyer
All kinds of accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries, but some accidents can result in those injuries being fatal. When a loved one dies because of the negligence of another party, it is referred to as a wrongful death.
Revised Code of Washington § 4.20.010 states that the personal representative of a deceased individual killed by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another can maintain an action for damages against the person who caused the death. A person has only three years to file a wrongful death claim.
For this reason, it is of the utmost importance for families to immediately retain legal counsel. Need an Injury Lawyer Washington conducts investigations and files important paperwork on behalf of families so they can take all the time they need to grieve.
Wrongful Death Laws in Washington
In most cases, the personal representative of the deceased is his or her spouse. In other cases, children or stepchildren of the descendant may bring a wrongful death action. When the deceased had no spouse or children, other relatives such as brothers, sisters, or parents may file lawsuits.
Under Revised Code of Washington § 4.24.010, a mother and/or father who has regularly contributed to the support of his or her minor child can maintain or join as a party an action as plaintiff for the injury or death of the child. If the parents are not married, are separated, or not married to each other, “just and equitable” damages will be awarded to each plaintiff separately.
Damages can vary depending on the specifics of a particular case, but may include medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
Causes of Wrongful Death in WashingtonAny one of a number of different accidents can result in fatal injuries. In such cases, it is critical to quickly have an experienced Washington personal injury lawyer begin a thorough investigation.
Some of the most common causes of wrongful deaths in Washington include:
- Car Accidents
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Commercial Vehicles
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Uber/Ridesharing Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Workplace Accidents
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Washington
Families who have lost loved ones face a number of enormous financial challenges in the immediate aftermath of these unfortunate incidents. In addition to possible medical expenses, the lost income can create enormous stress for paying other regular monthly bills.
You do not have to face these challenges alone. Need an Injury Lawyer Washington can hold the negligent party accountable and help your family get justice.
If your loved one was killed by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. Do not delay in contacting our firm today. We are available 24/7 and will provide a free, no obligation consultation at which our personal injury lawyers will review your case and answer all of your legal questions. We handle wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not need to worry about paying us anything unless you obtain a monetary award.