There can be nothing worse than a parent getting a phone call or a knock at the door with someone telling them that their child has been killed. Regardless of the age of the child, the pain will be tremendous. Right now, according to state law, parents of adult children killed due to another person’s negligence cannot file wrongful death lawsuits. That may be about to change.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we understand that any wrongful death case can be incredibly difficult. That is why we want to help you get through this. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work to secure the compensation you deserve. If you need a Seattle wrongful death attorney, call us today.
A New Proposal
The state legislature is working on a bill that would allow parents of adult children who are killed in negligent situations to sue those responsible. SB 5163 would change current law, which prevents such lawsuits.
“People that are making decisions need to hear the cries of parents,” says Rhonda Ellis. “When you lose your child and you lose a whole family in one day it’s significant.”
Rhonda Ellis’s son Josh, along with his wife and child, we all killed instantly when demolition crews dropped a large piece of a highway off of an overpass and onto their truck. Ellis is prevented, under current state law, from filing a lawsuit against the company responsible.
Another woman, Emily Locke, lost her daughter at a crosswalk when a negligent driver struck her. “Washington’s existing law treats my daughter Emily as if her life had no value and that she never existed.”
So far, the state Senate has passed the bill. A House Committee is expected to vote on the measure soon.
People lose their loved ones every day due to the negligent actions of other people or companies. Some of the common ways in which wrongful death cases arise are:
- Drunk driving incidents
- Distracted driving crashes
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Product malfunctions
- Medical malpractice
- Swimming pool drownings
- Birth injuries
- Maritime accidents
This is not a complete list. You should always speak with a qualified attorney before making any decisions about your particular case. The most important thing is that the people responsible for a loved one’s death are held accountable for their actions.
What Happens Now
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, company, or agency, you may need to seek legal assistance. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we know that this is a difficult time for you and your family, so let us investigate what happened, deal with all of the parties involved, and secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of income and benefits of the deceased
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of companionship damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible