Personal Injury

Wrongful Death

Personal Injury: Wrongful Death Cases

The sudden loss of a loved one is never easy. A car crash, a faulty or unsafe product, a jobsite mishap, or any number of events in our daily lives can result in the most serious harm. On top of emotional anguish, the loss of a spouse, parent, or child can often result in dire financial issues and other major losses.

Retaining a lawyer who knows how to handle wrongful death cases and survivor claims is vital to protect any claim that might exist for the benefit of the family and estate. Our lawyers have handled many wrongful death claims with success, and we are here to help.

Statutes in Washington

RCW 4.20.010(1) states: “When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another person, his or her personal representative may maintain an action against the person causing the death for the economic and non-economic damages sustained by the beneficiaries listed in RCW 4.20.020 as a result of the decedent’s death, in such amounts as determined by a trier of fact to be just under all the circumstances of the case.”

RCW 4.20.020 defines who the beneficiaries of such cases can be:  “Every action under                                                 RCW 4.20.010 shall be for the benefit of the spouse, state-registered domestic partner, child or children, including stepchildren, of the person whose death shall have been so caused. If there is no spouse, state-registered domestic partner, or such child or children, such action may be maintained for the benefit of the parents or siblings of the deceased.”  This statute further directs that: “In every such action the trier of fact may give such damages as, under all circumstances of the case, may to them seem just.”

In the case of a wrongful death, you need a trusted lawyer to guide you through the court hearings required to fight for your family. A skilled lawyer can be the deciding factor in whether you gain justice for your loved one or not. 



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