Serious car accidents can sometimes lead to the death of a loved one. In some cases, when you lose a family member due to the careless behavior of another, you may have the right to file a wrongful death suit. Our Seattle personal injury attorney can assist family members with determining their rights and helping them find out if they have a case. Contact us to learn how we can help.
Wrongful death is a claim against someone who can be held liable for a death that they caused due to their negligent or intentional behavior, such as in a deadly car crash. Wrongful death cases are brought in civil court, and in Washington, there is a three-year statute of limitations on filing such a suit. This means that lawsuits must be filed within three years or the right to sue is lost forever.
It is important to contact an experienced Seattle car accident attorney, as soon as possible. That way your attorney can be certain to protect your rights, and if appropriate, file a suit for you before the statute of limitations has passed.
In 2019, Washington passed a new law regarding filing suits for wrongful death damages. The law is very specific on who can sue. The law creates two tiers of claimants. The first tier consists of a spouse or domestic partner, and any children. The second tier consists of parents or siblings, but only if there is no one in the first tier. This means that if you lose your adult child, but that child has a spouse or children, you may not file a wrongful death claim. However, if your adult child has no spouse or children, you may file such a claim.
The law allows for four types of wrongful death and survival actions:
If you have suffered the traumatizing death of a loved one due to a car accident, contact our Seattle wrongful death law firm. Our attorneys are experienced in handling these claims. We will help you navigate the complexities of your case, answer any questions you have, and help you deal with the difficulties ahead. While no amount can ever replace your loved one, obtaining just compensation, and holding at-fault parties responsible, can go a long way in assisting a family’s journey forward.