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Losing a loved one unexpectedly brings about an array of emotions including shock, despair, distress, and an overall feeling of helplessness. Emotions may be stretched even further when a loved one’s death is caused by someone else’s negligent or intentional conduct. Our Kent wrongful death attorneys know that there is no right or wrong way to feel after this type of loss and we know that no two people experience loss and grief in the same way.

With everything you are going through, it may be difficult to even think about filing a wrongful death claim for the loss of your loved one, but you and your family deserve to be compensated for your losses. We know that no financial award will make up for losing your loved one, but financial compensation will help build your financial security now and in the future so that you and your family may focus on rebuilding your lives after this tragedy.

Wrongful death claims

In general, Washington’s wrongful death claims are put in place so that the spouse and children of someone who was wrongfully killed are allowed to recover for the injuries and damages they sustained in losing their loved one. In a limited number of cases, parents and siblings of the deceased may be allowed to recover, depending on the circumstances. Wrongful death recovery may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Outstanding medical bills related to the accident
  • Lost income and financial support
  • Loss of marital consortium
  • Loss of goods and services that would have been provided by the deceased
  • Loss of love, care, companionship, and guidance.

Survival actions

Survival actions are brought when applicable in cases of death caused by someone’s wrongful conduct. These actions are meant to compensate the deceased’s estate for the injuries and damages suffered by the deceased between the time that the injuries occurred and his or her death. Survival action recovery may include, but is not limited to the deceased’s pain and suffering, funeral expenses, any injury related medical expenses incurred before death, lost income, emotional distress, and property damage.

Complicated issues

The above descriptions of wrongful death claims and survival actions are covered in general, but the reality is that whether or not these claims may be brought, who may recover under them, and what injuries and damages may be recovered, completely depend on the circumstances of the case. These issues may be complicated and they must be brought before the statute of limitations has run, which is why it is important to speak with a wrongful death attorney in order to preserve any claim/s that you may have when you have lost a loved one.

Our Kent wrongful death attorneys are experienced, compassionate, and aggressive. When we see families suffering due to the loss of a loved one that was caused by someone else’s negligent or intentional conduct, we want to help them secure a financial recovery that compensates them for their losses as well as their loved one’s losses. If you and your family have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, contact our attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC to schedule a consultation.

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