Coping with the loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult times of a person’s life. When a family member’s death was caused by another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, the grieving process only intensifies. In these instances, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive the closure and financial compensation to which you and your family are entitled.
WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM BASICS
By definition, a wrongful death is when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another person, government agency, or corporation. Those who were dependent on, or a beneficiary of, the deceased may be entitled to monetary damages. A wrongful death claim may arise out of a number of circumstances, including medical malpractice, an automobile, boat, bicycle, motorcycle, train or airplane accident, product defect, exposure to hazardous conditions or substances at work, criminal behavior, and other situations. When someone is killed due to another’s actions or failure to act, state law provides for the recovery of money damages.
WRONGFUL DEATH COMPENSATION
When another’s negligence causes the death of a loved one, Washington State gives the heirs the right to bring a wrongful death claim and lawsuit. Factors that are considered when determining the amount of compensation the heirs may receive include:
• The deceased’s prior wages and other income
• The deceased’s savings
• The family’s loss of companionship and guidance
• The degree of financial dependence on the deceased
• Medical and funeral costs
While no amount of money can ever compensate for the loss of a loved one, being financially secure in your future and the comfort of responsible parties being brought to justice can help provide a sense of closure and security to survivors. Wrongful death claims can also bring necessary changes to correct deficient procedures or safety protocols, to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future. You need the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney to guide you through the process and help you to receive the monetary damages you are entitled to.
Attorney Terence Traverso and his legal team have successfully resolved many wrongful death cases and they will help you recover all compensation available to you by law, either by settlement, arbitration, or trial. For a free consultation or to ask questions about a possible wrongful death case, call us at 425-453-0115.