Losing a loved one to a fatal accident is a surviving family member’s worst nightmare turned reality. The grief of losing a loved one can be all-encompassing, resulting in the need to take time off of work to process those feelings, and if the deceased was a family breadwinner, the loss of income can lead to serious financial trouble for those who are left behind. However, surviving family members have options when it comes to taking legal action against the party responsible for the accident that resulted in their loved one’s death. If you would like to learn more about your family’s legal rights after the death of a family member, contact Russell & Hill, PLLC for a consultation.
The fact that grieving families are often left with a heap of financial obligations after losing a loved one in a fatal accident can make the process of mourning that much more difficult for those who are left behind. There may be medical bills, ambulance bills, and funerary costs to consider, and if the deceased was a financial provider for the family, the surviving family members may be hard-pressed to meet those financial obligations. However, if someone else’s negligence resulted in the accident that caused your loved one’s death, you can hold that person accountable for their negligence—and they may be compelled to pay out financial compensation to you.
According to data released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than 535 fatal crashes resulting in 565 deaths took place on Washington’s roadways in 2017. The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) estimates that more than 1 million people lose their lives in traffic accidents each year across the world, with 37,000 of these occurring in the United States alone. ASIRT predicts that, by 2030, road accidents will be the fifth-leading cause of mortality in the world.
When you are thinking of taking legal action with regard to the loss of a family member or other loved one, it is important to choose an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in handling fatal accident claims. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we specialize in assisting the families of fatal accident victims in recovering damages after losing a loved one. These damages are calculated by the courts and assigned a monetary value which may then be paid out to the surviving family members as a cash award.
If your loved one was killed in an accident and you want to speak to a fatal accident attorney in Seattle about your family’s legal options, contact Russell & Hill, PLLC to learn more about your rights under civil law. Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult enough without the added financial strain that can often accompany fatal accidents. By filing a lawsuit, you could be eligible to receive financial compensation that could be put toward covering funerary costs and the costs of living as you are in mourning. Contact us for a free consultation today.