Letting go of a loved one is a pain that never goes away, but in the case of a wrongful death, when a loved one is taken away prematurely, the pain is even greater. The loss of someone dear is a profound event that changes the lives of survivors forever. When someone’s reckless disregard for human life, negligence, or even intentional act causes the death of a loved one, that’s a hard pill to swallow. A loved one is taken away, and with them, their love, advice, consortium, and companionship. To make things even harder, survivors also miss out on the financial contributions the decedent would have made in their lives if he or she had not been taken too soon. A wrongful death looks to help families recoup some of those losses to lessen the difficulty of facing life without the departed.
Russell and Hill and our staff of wrongful death attorneys offer compassionate representation for wrongful death claimants. Talk with our expert attorneys as son as possible following your loved one’s death to preserve your right to file a claim and determine what your legal options are.
Usually, wrongful death lawsuits are filed by a representative of the deceased’s estate, on behalf of the surviving family members or other affected parties. These can include:
Surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim when a victim who would have qualified for a personal injury claim is killed as a result of another party’s negligence or an intentional harmful act. Some wrongful death scenarios include:
Time is of the essence when filing a claim of wrongful death. Washington State allows families just three years in most instances to file a wrongful death claim. Outside those parameters, you may lose your right to collect damages. See our Bremerton wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to discuss your particular case.