The unexpected death of a loved one is a tragedy. However, when a reckless or negligent entity is responsible for this senseless loss, the pain can be even more severe. It’s natural to feel angry at the at-fault party, as their failure led to the inexplicable loss of your loved one. If someone else’s negligence or recklessness took your loved one’s life, you might have the legal option to pursue compensation. While nothing will bring your loved one back, taking steps to hold the party legally and financially responsible for their actions may support your healing process during this challenging time. Reach out to NBF Accident Law to discuss your situation with a compassionate and dedicated wrongful death attorney.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Washington State
In Washington state, a wrongful death claim may be filed by the deceased individual’s spouse, domestic partner, children, stepchildren, or personal representative. If the deceased individual did not have a spouse or children, their parents or siblings might pursue a wrongful death claim. In cases where the decedent was under the age of 18, either parent may file a claim. The compensation awarded in a wrongful death claim may be used to assist with a number of costs, including final medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, lost inheritance, loss of care, loss of companionship, and the deceased person’s pain and suffering before death. Claimants have three years from the date the death occurred in which to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Seeking Justice on Your Behalf
The senseless and sudden loss of a loved one often causes lasting financial and emotional strife for their family and friends. Not only must you cope with the economic impacts of their death, but you must navigate your feelings of loss, depression, despair, and grief that accompany this tragedy. At NBF Accident Law, we believe in supporting our clients through this difficult time. We’re here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and fight aggressively to hold the at-fault party responsible for their negligence. Reach out to us to get started.