This type of claim is one where a person’s death is caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default of another person. The sudden loss of a loved one is always devastating. As these cases are tragic, they require careful review and management. Our wrongful death attorneys know that nothing can bring back a loved one. Though this may be true, we will fight to give the surviving family members a sense of justice and closure.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death Claims
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim
Parents, surviving spouses, and dependent children can file a wrongful death claim in many circumstances. Many times, the plaintiff is the estate of the deceased party. wrongful death lawyers associate with attorneys in our network that can assist possible surviving beneficiaries in setting up the required estate that would allow a wrongful death claim to be pursued.
What Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim
Our wrongful death attorneys will begin working on your case immediately to determine what, if any, recovery our client is entitled to. Recovery can include benefits such as:
End of life medical treatment: Toward the end of catastrophic wrongful death cases, medical expenses can be astronomical. Ambulance bills, hospital visit bills, imaging, surgery, and end of life prescriptions can add up to staggering amounts.
Funeral expenses: Funeral expenses are compensable under Washington Law. Costs for funeral proceedings, wakes, cremation, and/or other memorial services can be very expensive, and it’s important to itemize these and inform your attorney.
Loss of compensation: Lost wages, loss of inheritance, and loss of benefits the future financial contribution that the deceased party would have made if he or she had survived the at-fault party’s action or negligence. These are almost always quantified by an expert witness, however sometimes these matters are able to be settled without expert witnesses involved.
Pre-death Mental and emotional pain and suffering: Unless the deceased documented the pain and suffering or fear of dying, claimants must rely on witnesses. If the death was instant, this part of the claim becomes very difficult to recover. Sometimes a medical expert can provide testimony regarding the victim’s pre-death pain and suffering.
Loss of companionship, support, and care: Washington Law provides that eligible parties can be compensated for the lost love, companionship, leadership and attention caused by the action or negligence that caused the victim’s death.
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Wrongful death claims are extremely serious and need to be handled with care every step of the way. These are not to be taken lightly, or handled without representation. There is a limit to the amount of time surviving family members can wait to file a lawsuit. Time is against you.
Our wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to maximizing your recovery in such disheartening claims. Depending on fact-specific circumstances, Washington’s Law Firm may acquire co-counsel in order to combine our resources so that the client can best be served. Call Washington’s Law Firm now for a free case review. This is completely confidential, free and no obligation- if we do not recover, you do not owe us an attorney fee.