Updated on: 2/19/2019
A 10-year-old Everett boy is dead after a heavy wrought iron gate at a church fell on him and caused a major head injury, according to the Mukilteo Fire Department.
The incident occurred at the Sulamita Slavic Church in Mukilteo early Thursday evening. Paramedics arrived at the scene to find the boy on the ground and a bystander performing CPR on him. He was taken to the paramedic unit and pronounced dead shortly after.
There is no word yet on what the boy was doing when the gate fell on him. Officials are unclear what happened with the gate. The incident is still under investigation.
What To Know About Wrongful Death Cases
Experienced wrongful death attorneys may represent the family of a child killed in an accident because of someone else’s negligence. These cases are typically sensitive in nature – the shock of the death and the ensuing grief, coupled with the anger afterwards – making them difficult for all those involved.
In Washington State, the law allows certain family members to recover for a wrongful death of a loved one. In most fatal accident cases, recovery is limited to the surviving spouse and children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are about 121,000 deaths per year attributed to an “unintentional fatal accident.”
Deaths as the result of an “accident” – such as the case above involving the 10-year-old boy – can many times be attributed to a person, business or government entity. If someone or some organization was negligent, a wrongful death lawsuit may be possible.
Here are some of the available damages in a wrongful death claim:
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Loss of the victim’s future earnings
- Loss of inheritance
- Damages for pain and suffering of the surviving family
- Loss of care, nurturing and companionship of the surviving family
There are many factors that influence the value of a wrongful death case. A wrongful death attorney can help you navigate these complex cases.
If you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death accident in Washington State, contact attorney Chris Davis and the team at Davis Law Group, P.S., at (206) 727-4000, use the chat feature below or fill out the form on this page to schedule a free legal consultation.