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wrongful-death-attorneyUnfortunately, wrongful deaths do happen. If your loved one passed away but their death could have been prevented, you may be looking to sue for damages in a wrongful death case. Accidental deaths can occur anywhere, under any circumstances. A workplace accident, a fall on city property, a car accident, a surgery gone awry, and an infection incurred during a hospital stay are all examples of potential wrongful deaths. A wrongful death attorney will help you fight for and receive compensation for your loss.

5 Reasons to Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney

1. Earn All Damages. An experienced wrongful death attorney knows the ins and outs of the laws in your state and will use them to your advantage. He or she will know what other similar cases earned in damages and fight to get you the full amount that you deserve. If the loved one who passed away was a primary breadwinner, you could be looking at millions of dollars in damages in a legitimate case.

2. Success in Court. Many wrongful death suits are filed but then settled out of court. Those that do reach court, however, must be presented in front of a judge. A wrongful death attorney will be by your side during all court proceedings to advocate for you.

3. Valuation of Damages. You may feel that you are owed damages in the wrongful death of your loved one but it would be very difficult to determine the amount that you are really owed without the help of an experienced wrongful death lawyer. Your lawyer will evaluate the particulars of your situation and compare it to other similar cases to determine an amount to pursue.

4. Claiming Life Insurance. Many insurance companies use complicated legal procedures and loopholes to try and get out of paying life insurance claims as their profitability relies on denying claims. A wrongful death attorney knows how to work around these loopholes and fight for every penny of your insurance payout.

5. Reassurance and Support. If you have lost a loved one you are likely in a fragile emotional position. Having a supportive and experienced wrongful death lawyer working for you can be very reassuring.

Every state has different laws around wrongful death including the statute of limitations to file a claim. Filing a medical malpractice claim is a complicated matter and should be left to a legal professional.

Losing a loved one is always difficult but if you believe they passed away in a wrongful death you are dealing with even more. It is wise to seek the professional guidance of a personal injury attorney who can help you determine whether you can bring a wrongful death action and estimate the damages to which you might be entitled. The caring attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. have the expertise to fight for the compensation you deserve and the compassion to help walk you through your situation. Do not wait until the Statute of Limitations is almost up; call today for a FREE CONSULTATION!

Wrongful-deathNo matter the circumstance, losing a loved one is a painful and emotional experience but what happens when the loss could have been prevented? When your loved one was killed as a result of any type of negligence including a workplace injury, car crash or medical malpractice you are talking about a wrongful death.

In your state of loss you may be feeling overwhelmed but still determined to seek justice for this unnecessary loss. You must have so many questions about what evidence you will need to gather, what type of lawyer you should hire and how to prevent this sort of accident from ever happening again in your family. The first thing to do is call an experienced wrongful death attorney in your area.

Definition of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit is filed when a victim dies as a result of negligence (or other type of unjust action) by the person, business, or governmental entity being sued. The suit is filed because the victim’s immediate family is entitled to monetary damages as a result of this improper conduct.

Every state, including Washington, has wrongful death laws on the books to compensate family members who suffer the wrongful death of a loved one. The idea is that those who take care of people’s lives will have an extra incentive to prevent unnecessary death through accidents.

Typically, a wrongful death lawsuit is seeking “pecuniary” or financial injury compensation for the loss of support, services, potential inheritance, medical and funeral expenses of the lost relative. The amount of pecuniary loss is determined by a jury based on the age, character and condition of the decedent, his/her earning capacity, life expectancy, health and intelligence, as well as the circumstances of the beneficiaries of the estate.

In Washington State, the “Wrongful Death” and “Survival” statutes define the permitted actions and permitted beneficiaries in claims on behalf of the deceased, or the “decedent” in legalese. The action is brought by a “personal representative” of the decedent’s estate who is preferably not a beneficiary of the estate. It is the duty of the personal representative to settle the estate as rapidly as possible, collecting and paying all debts of the estate. Along with the family, the personal representative is entrusted to hire the wrongful death lawyer on behalf of the estate.

Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Action

The statute of limitations for a wrongful death action is three years and is not delayed if the beneficiaries are minors because the suit is brought by the personal representative not the minor.

Washington State’s Statutory Scheme

1. RCW 4.20.010 This general wrongful death statute creates a cause of action, brought by the personal representative, to compensate a decedent’s surviving family members for “pecuniary,” (monetary) losses they sustain as a result of the decedent’s death.

2. RCW 4.20.020 This statute assigns two tiers of beneficiaries to the statutory wrongful death action. The first tier includes the spouse and children of the decedent and the second includes the parents and siblings of the deceased. The second tier may only recover damages if there are no first tier beneficiaries and if the designated beneficiaries were dependent for support on the deceased.

3. RCW 4.20.060 This special Survival Statute allows for the deceased’s action for personal injury to survive. The decedent’s own action for personal injuries causing death may be brought by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate on behalf of the beneficiaries listed above. If there are no statutory beneficiaries as defined in RCW 4.20.020, no claim can be brought under the Special Survival Statute.

4. RCW 4.20.046 This “General Survival Statute” allows the personal representative of the decedent’s estate to recover economic accumulations minus the personal expenses the estate would reasonably have acquired over their expected life term. This statute says that noneconomic damages such as for the descendents pain and suffering may not be recovered.

5. RCW 4.24.010 This is the action allowing for recovery of pain, suffering and expenses for the wrongful injury or death of a child.

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one and believe it was a wrongful death, you owe it to yourself and your loved one to contact a wrongful death lawyer at Tario & Associates, P.S.. Wrongful death cases are particularly complicated and time consuming; you don’t want to be alone in your fight against the insurance companies.