Wrongful Death Cases
The sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one is always difficult. A car accident, a defective or dangerous product, a construction site accident, or any number of our daily activities can result in this most serious harm. In addition to the emotional suffering, the loss of a spouse, parent, or child can often result in significant financial insecurity and other substantial losses with cascading implications. Retaining a personal injury lawyer experienced in handling wrongful death and survivor claims is most important to protecting any claim that might exist for the benefit of the family and estate. Our lawyers have successfully handled several claims involving the loss of a loved one and 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 noneconomic 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.”
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