Wrongful Death Actions & Recovery In Washington
The term wrongful death is a term commonly used to describe a claim against a person or entity who can be held liable for the death of another individual. Wrongful death claims are typically brought about by spouses, children, or parents of the individual who passed, or the decedent. In most cases, a wrongful death claim must be brought within three years of the death of your loved one to be viable.
There is a range of instances where a claim for wrongful death is applicable. For example, any type of fatal vehicular accident caused by the negligence of another driver may result in a wrongful death claim. Malpractice and certain forms of abuse in the form of negligence are also common areas where wrongful death claims appear. It is important to not only thoroughly research institutions where relatives or loved ones are receiving health care or assisted living care, but also to visit them with frequency to ensure their every need is being met. Additionally, construction accidents, defective products, or violent crimes resulting from inadequate security are also forms of negligent conduct that would give rise to a wrongful death claim.
Washington Wrongful Death Recovery
No dollar amount can be placed on an individual’s life, but various forms of compensation exist. In Washington wrongful death recovery consists of the full value of life of the deceased from the prospective of the deceased and not those left behind. These damages are measured by various factors such as:
- The deceased missing out on raising his or her children;
- Missing time with ones’ spouse;
- The loss to the deceased of the enjoyment of the rest of their natural life; and
- The future income potential of the deceased
The Estate of the Deceased May Also Have a Claim
In addition to the damages recovered which make up the full value of life of the deceased, the Estate of the deceased may also have a claim. An Estate claim can include compensation for damages associated with the injury that caused the death of your loved one such as:
- Medical expenses;
- Ambulance charges;
- Funeral expenses; and
- Any pain and suffering that may have existed prior to the death
In the midst of financial and emotional challenges, it is important to try to seek justice in those situations where the death of a loved one was unfairly the result of the actions of another. Although death is an inevitable road we all must travel, let us help you seek a new beginning for those taken too soon while helping to ensure that future families will not have to face the same fate. The attorneys at R Martin Law Group have the skills, experience, resources, and knowledge to rigorously seek justice on behalf of your fallen loved ones and would be honored to help your family cope with a seemingly insurmountable tragedy. For a free case evaluation, please contact us.