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Losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence is a tragic loss that no legal case can ever put right. Nevertheless, wrongful death is an important branch of personal injury law that can help families move forward toward healing after a loss of such magnitude. If you’ve lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence, don’t wait to consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Lynnwood, Washington.

Wrongful Death Defined

Under Washington law, a wrongful death claim can be filed when someone dies as a result of someone else’s wrongful act, default, or negligence. Because the injured party is no longer alive to bring a personal injury claim himself or herself, the law allows his or her survivors to bring a wrongful death case on his or her behalf. Those entitled to bring wrongful death claims can also seek compensation for their own damages (that stem from the death of their loved ones). Wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits that can be filed even if the defendant is also facing related criminal charges.

Who Is Allowed to File?

In the State of Washington, any of the following survivors may file a wrongful death claim:

  • A representative of the decedent’s estate
  • The decedent’s surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • The decedent’s surviving child, children, and/or stepchildren

If the decedent has no surviving spouse or children, his or her parents or siblings may file the claim.

The Filing Timeline

To have a viable wrongful death claim in the State of Washington, you must file within three years of your loved one’s death. Losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence is a harrowing experience, and bringing a wrongful death claim in response may be the farthest thing from your mind. In fact, the laborious process of moving forward with your life after the loss you’ve suffered is likely to take the majority of your time.

Consulting with a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney earlier rather than later helps to ensure that your attorney can build your strongest claim in the timeframe provided (while you tend to the difficult task of healing). Wrongful death claims tend to be complicated and time-consuming, so allowing yourself as much time as possible is recommended.

Compensation Sought

You lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, and your losses no doubt feel immeasurable. To help you recover for the damages you’ve endured, the law allows you to seek compensation for your loved one’s final medical bills and funeral costs, your loved one’s pain and suffering, your loved one’s lost income, and your loss of love, companionship, and guidance.

Your Loved One’s Final Expenses

If your loved one received medical care prior to succumbing to the injuries he or she incurred, you’ll likely be facing those medical costs. Additionally, there is the expense of your loved one’s funeral and burial to consider. Your wrongful death claim should address these costs.

Pain and Suffering

Your wrongful death claim can also address the pain and suffering your loved one endured prior to death. Because your loved one can no longer describe the emotional and physical pain and suffering he or she had to bear as a result of the accident or event in question, which ultimately proved fatal, your experienced wrongful death attorney has tools at his or her disposal that can help, and that may include speaking to eyewitnesses who saw the accident, hiring an expert witness (such as a medical professional with specialized knowledge on the matter), interviewing those who last spoke with your loved one, and more. If the person you lost was killed instantly, compensation for pain and suffering is not recoverable.

Lost Income

When your loved one died, his or her earning potential was cut short, and you can address this matter in your wrongful death claim. Calculating your loved one’s earning potential into the future and the attendant financial losses that emanate from prematurely halting this earning power can be complicated but is critical to ensuring you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need for your recovery journey.

Loss of Love, Companionship, and Guidance

One of the most difficult categories of damage is the loss of love, companionship, and guidance you experience. This is what’s known as the non-economic component of your damages, and it can be very difficult to overcome.

Reach Out to an Accomplished Lynnwood Wrongful Death Attorney Today

Wrongful death claims are as complicated as they are emotionally difficult. If you’ve lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, the dedicated wrongful death lawyers at Napier & George, P.S., in Lynnwood, Washington, are committed to wielding the full strength of their considerable experience in pursuit of a claim resolution that upholds your family’s rights and rightful compensation. Our legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (425) 778-6666 for more information today.

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