If you have come across this article because you believe a loved one has been the victim of a wrongful death, let me first say how sorry I am for your loss. I hope that you are getting the support you need throughout this tragic ordeal. Wrongful death cases are some of the most difficult that I deal with as a Seattle injury attorney. They have similar boundaries and guidelines as normal personal injury cases, but due to the fact that there was a death due to someone else’s mistake, it makes the process much more emotional. There are very strict restrictions on what constitutes wrongful death, so if you believe that you may have a claim due to the death of a loved one, you should speak with an experienced Washington wrongful death attorney. Here are the basics:
First and foremost, the death must have been caused due to someone else’s negligence. Just like in any car accident or injury case, someone else has to be at fault by either doing something they shouldn’t have, or not doing something they should have. There must be a causal link between this negligence and the death as well. When fighting an insurance company on a claim with as much at stake as wrongful death, proving that the negligence caused the fatality is the most important aspect of the case.
There are many situations in which a wrongful death may happen. Some of the most common that I have seen as a Seattle wrongful death lawyer are from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, defective products, workplace accidents and medical errors. When one of these accidents results in a death, time is unfortunately an issue that family members have to be aware of. Nobody wants to have to think about hiring a lawyer, especially under these kinds of circumstances, but once the family feels emotionally ready to consider pursuing legal action, they should speak with an attorney. To take as much stress off of the decedent’s family, it is important to find an experienced wrongful death attorney that also has the compassion to deal with people in such an emotional situation.
If a loved one has passed away due to someone else’s negligence and you live in the greater Seattle area, feel free to reach out to us whenever you are ready. We offer free initial consultations and are straightforward and honest with our potential clients about whether or not we think they have a case and need to hire an attorney. For more information on Washington wrongful death, check out my free book titled “In Case of Death,” which I co-wrote with another Premier Law Group partner, Patrick Kang.