Losing a loved one due to accidental or wrongful death is a devastating experience. When a family member’s life is suddenly cut short as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another, the grief and feelings of loss can be overwhelming. If this has happened in your family, you may be going through a complex array of emotions, including sadness, denial, anger, and hopelessness. No one is ever prepared for such a tragic event. When tragedy strikes, you may need the assistance of a wrongful death attorney.
|When the spouse, parent, sibling or other relative of a wrongful death victim contacts our office, we see their pain and know this is an emotionally challenging time. There are many questions:
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Presentation: Understanding Wrongful Death Claims
Many people are surprised to learn that Washington wrongful death law only allows certain family members to recover for a wrongful death of a loved one. In most fatal accident cases, recovery is limited to a surviving spouse and children. In some death cases the decedent’s surviving siblings and parents may also have separate claims if they are financially dependent on the decedent at the time of death.
A wrongful death or survival action is one of the more complex types of cases in the field of personal injury law. These cases require a thorough knowledge and understanding of Washington’s complex wrongful death and survival laws and the numerous appellate decisions that interpret and define them. These cases almost always involve complex legal issues or questions where the outcomes are heavily, if not completely, influenced by the individual facts of the case. In most cases, a wrongful death action requires urgent investigation and preparation to increase the chances of a favorable outcome. Furthermore, this type of case often requires a substantial outlay of financial resources (many times exceeding six figures) to hire appropriate experts, properly prepare and successfully present the case either to an insurance company or a jury.
In most wrongful death cases, the estate and certain surviving family members will have a claim for damages. The estate is typically allowed to claim damages for the decedent’s lost earnings, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and conscious “pain and suffering” experienced by the decedent before death. Certain surviving family members may also have individual claims for damages as a result of the decedent’s death, including loss of consortium (i.e., destruction of the relationship) and emotional distress.
According to statistics from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) there are more than 37,000 fatal motor vehicle collisions each year in the United States.
The sudden loss of a loved one due to an automobile accident caused by a negligent driver is devastating. When a family member’s life is suddenly cut short the grief and feelings of loss can be overwhelming. These feelings of grief turn to anger when surviving family members learn that the at-fault driver was driving drunk, a distracted driver, a drugged driver, or simply failing to obey traffic laws.
In the midst of such a tragic situation, it can be difficult to make decisions about a fair settlement. Insensitive insurance companies are eager to settle wrongful death case as quickly as possible—taking advantage of the family’s grief. It is vital for you to know your legal rights before you accept a settlement of any kind. Recovering compensation and damages for a wrongful death that was caused by another driver's negligence is a legally challenging and complex process, and that's why it's important to have a very experienced wrongful death lawyer on your side.
Get the answers you need. Contact car accident wrongful death lawyer Chris Davis at 206-727-4000 for a free consultation.
Was your loved one fatally injured in Washington state? Want to know if you have a wrongful death claim? Want to know what your wrongful death case is worth? Want compensation for your loss? Want justice for the loss of your loved one? Want to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to someone else? Call 206-727-4000 to schedule a free legal consultation.
Get the legal aid that you need. Call attorney Chris Davis at Davis Law Group. The call is free. The advice may be priceless.
Call 206-727-4000 for a FREE, no obligation wrongful death consultation. There is no obligation to hire a lawyer. We are usually retained on a contingency fee basis. There is no fee until our Seattle wrongful death attorneys successfully recover fair compensation for you.
We can help whether you live in Auburn, Bellevue, Bellingham, Bremerton, Cascade, Edmonds, Everett, Federal Way, Kennewick, Kent, Kirkland, Lakewood, Longview, Olympia, Redmond, Renton, Richland, Seattle, Shoreline, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Yakima or the greater Seattle area. Having substantial experience with wrongful death claims and often trying these kinds of cases in court, the Davis Law Group has the skill, expertise and Seattle wrongful death attorneys necessary to help you.