Lacey Wrongful Death Lawyer

Did a family member recently pass away because of someone’s negligence or malicious action? If so, please call a Lacey wrongful death lawyer and ask for a free, confidential consultation. There are circumstances where your family may be eligible to receive a cash settlement.

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

A wrongful death occurs when an innocent victim is killed because of someone else’s reckless decisions. Examples could include:

  • Car accidentsDrivers who choose to driver under the influence, speed, or ignore other traffic safety laws put others at serious risk.
  • Medical malpractice. Doctors owe it to their patients to provide certain standards of care. When these standards aren’t met, misdiagnoses, surgical errors, and prescription mix-ups can happen.
  • Premises liabilityA property owner may neglect to upkeep his or her premises, perhaps to save costs. Should a guest become seriously injured or killed, the property owner may be liable.
  • Criminal acts. Wrongful deaths also include those caused by intentional, malicious acts.

In a wrongful death case, family members can seek compensation on behalf of their deceased loved one.

What Kinds of Damages are Included in a Wrongful Death Case?

“Damages” is the word we use to describe the losses experienced due to the wrongful death. These could be financial (also known as “economic”), such as:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical costs
  • Loss of income (including future income)

Damages can also cover the non-tangible, negative impacts of the death (also known as “non-economic”), including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of love and support
  • Loss of relationship

Understanding the damages involved in your loved one’s death is an important part of determining a fair settlement value. However, there are other factors depending on the circumstances. We recommend that you reach out to one of our skilled attorneys to learn more about wrongful death settlements.

Who Can Receive a Wrongful Death Settlement?

It’s important to understand who is eligible to receive compensation in a wrongful death case. According to Washington State law (RCW 4.20.020), a spouse, registered domestic partner, child or children (including stepchildren) are eligible. In the event none of these relationships exist, a parent or sibling may benefit.

One of our attorneys can help your family learn more about eligibility and how the process works. Should you choose to hire us, we’ll handle the process on your behalf so you can focus on your family. Plus, we only charge a fee if we’re successful in winning you a settlement. In other words, you owe us nothing upfront.

How Long Do We Have to File a Claim?

In the state of Washington, you have only three years to file a wrongful death claim (per RCW 4.16.080). There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as certain medical malpractice cases. However, it’s in your family’s best interest to seek legal counsel as soon as possible.

Learn More about Wrongful Death Settlements

The best way to know if your family has a valid case is to call a Lacey wrongful death lawyer and ask for a free case review. One of our compassionate attorneys would be happy to meet and answer all of your questions.

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