Did a Family Member Have a Fatal Accident?
Attorney Zach Herschensohn can guide you
If someone you love was fatally injured in an accident due to negligence, attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you pursue a wrongful death claim so that you don’t have to worry about your family’s future. The Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has obtained millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and can provide you with guidance to help you cope with the devastating loss of a family member. See what a knowledgeable and experienced Kent wrongful death lawyer can do for your family. Contact us today for your free and confidential consultation.
When someone you love is killed in a preventable accident, it can turn your whole life upside down. You’re confused. Upset. Angry. Sad. Scared. Overwhelmed – and all you really want is closure. While there’s no amount of money that can bring back your loved one, getting the compensation your family is entitled to is still an important step in the healing process.
Don’t leave your future to chance. Attorney Zach Herschensohn is a powerful advocate who can make sure your family’s needs are fulfilled – both now and into the future. Through attentive, aggressive, and effective representation, our law firm can get your family real results.
What is considered wrongful death in Washington state?
In Washington state, if “the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another person,” it may fall under the legal category of wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action brought on behalf of the deceased person’s estate, which is distinct from any criminal charges, such as homicide, that might be brought by the State of Washington in connection with the same death. Washington state law permits the survivors of a deceased person to file a wrongful death lawsuit even if a criminal case is still being tried in court.
What types of compensation can be awarded in a wrongful death case?
Broadly speaking, there are two types of compensatory damages (financial compensation) in a wrongful death case: compensation for the deceased person’s estate, and compensation for the surviving family members. The first category includes the medical expenses for the deceased person’s final injury or illness, pain and suffering, lost wages and lost future income, and funeral and burial expenses. The second category includes losses experienced by family members as a result of the death, such as loss of inheritance, loss of consortium, loss of care and companionship, and loss of any services provided by the deceased person (such as childcare or yard work). If the conduct that led to your loved one’s death was particularly egregious, you may also be able to pursue punitive damages.
Who can file a wrongful death claim in Washington?
Most wrongful death lawsuits are filed by the deceased person’s immediate family members, specifically their spouse or domestic partner. Children and stepchildren may also file a wrongful death claim, as can the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. In certain cases, the deceased person’s parents or siblings may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.
What is the deadline to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Washington?
In Washington, the statute of limitations (deadline for taking legal action) for filing a wrongful death claim is three years from the time of the deceased person’s death. There are rare exceptions, but in most cases, if you attempt to file a wrongful death lawsuit after this deadline, your claim will be dismissed.
Let Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC fight for your family
Once you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, your life will never be the same. Even though it’s critical to make sure your family is set up for the future, you should be focusing your attention on mourning your loss and spending time with the people you love.
Let our law firm help you. Attorney Zach Herschensohn understands how hard it can be to deal with everything that’s being thrown at you during this difficult time. Whether it’s through a cash settlement or verdict, he’s willing to fight for the payout your family needs and deserves. Find out how Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can help you. Don’t forget – we work for clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing unless we win. Contact us today for your free and confidential consultation.