Wrongful Death Attorney
There is nothing more tragic than death caused by someone else’s negligence. Not only are you left with the void of a dear friend, but often there is a substantial financial hardship associated with wrongful death claims. Having an experienced personal injury attorney who is knowledgeable handling wrongful death claims is very important. Wrongful death claims require immediate action making it very important to contact a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible after a death.
Why Get A Wrongful Death Personal Injury Attorney?
Wrongful death claims require a substantial amount of evidence to prove the negligence of the at fault party. This can include 911 calls, medical records and other important documentation that may disappear over time. The job of a wrongful death lawyer can be intrusive, especially during this sensitive time, making it very important find a personal injury attorney that is understanding, empathetic and experienced. Ritchie Reiersen Injury attorneys have office throughout Washington state In Kennewick, Yakima, Auburn, Tacoma, Portland, and service the entire Seattle area.
How Long Do I Have to File A Wrongful Death Claim?
The Statute of Limitations (SOL) for a wrongful death lawsuit in Washington is typically three years from the date of the incident, but that can depend upon a number of factors. Although each case can be different, it is important to act quickly. It is also always best to consult with a wrongful death attorney prior to
communicating with the insurance companies as to prevent the insurance companies from attempting to settle the case for a sum much smaller than the case is worth.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death claims occur any time a person is killed and it was caused by the negligence of someone else. If someone you love has been the victim of a wrongful death, call Ritchie Reiersen Injury Attorneys to help guide you through this traumatic period and discover what you may be able to recover. The most common causes of wrongful death claims in Washington State are:
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Damages Recoverable in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A victim’s surviving family members have a legal right to recover damages when a person is killed as a result of negligent bad behavior. Below are a list of the most common damages available after a wrongful death occurs:
Medical bills and Expenses
In wrongful death claims, ambulances and hospitals still expect the bills to be paid even if the victim dies. An experience wrongful death lawyer can help the surviving family members get these bills paid.
Loss of consortium
Losing a loved one not only hurt the deceased victim, it also leaves a void suffering. A spouse or child can be compensated for the damages they have suffered from the loss of their companionship.
Lost wages and loss of future earnings
Family member may be able to recover damages for the financial support they have lost. This includes future financial support that they would have relied on had the victim not been killed.
Funeral expenses can exceed tens of thousands of dollars. An experienced wrongful death lawyer will help the family recover the funeral costs after a wrongful death claim.
Pain and suffering
If the victim did not pass away immediately, an experienced wrongful death attorney can help the family be compensated for the victim’s pain and suffering.
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