Washington has its own laws governing wrongful death claims. Wrongful death is the death of a person that is caused by neglect, default of another, or the death of a person. At Gosanko, O’Halloran, Lepore PLLC, we represent families going through loss. We understand this is a difficult time and pride ourselves on working diligently to build a strong case and to represent you while you take the necessary time to grieve. Our goal is to get you and your family the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
A wrongful death is a personal injury lawsuit that isn’t possible anymore because the person died. Although the deceased cannot bring their own claim, other people can bring this case to court on their behalf. Wrongful death claims also allow family members to get compensation for their losses as a result of this death. This is a civil lawsuit.
Who can file?
Washington law allows the personal representation of the deceased’s estate, the spouse or domestic partner of the deceased, or the child, children or stepchildren of the deceased. If they have no spouse, partner, children, stepchildren, the parents, siblings or other family members may bring forth this wrongful death claim in the State of Washington. This wrongful death claim must be filed within three years of the date of the death.
Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
Damages in a wrongful death case are paid to the estate. If the deceased was a minor, it goes to the minor’s parents. Damages can include medical bills, funeral or burial expenses, lost wages or income that they would have earned, pain and suffering, costs related to damaged property or loss of companionship or care as well as other intangible benefits from the family members.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Seattle Wrongful Death Lawyer For More Information
If your loved one has died as a result of someone’s negligence, carelessness or recklessness, call to schedule a free consultation with a Seattle wrongful death attorney today to discuss your case. Our professional legal staff at the law offices of Gosanko, O’Halloran, Lepore PLLC pride themselves on being your source of support that you especially need during this difficult time for your family. Our team of wrongful death lawyers serve all of Seattle, Washington and surrounding communities. To learn more about our legal services, visit our website at gosankoohalloran.com or call us at 206-275-0700 to schedule a consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.