When a loved one dies from the negligence of another party, often it is appropriate to file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit against the negligent party. Negligence could be a form of behavior or an intentional act. Surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim against the person(s) or entity believed to be accountable for the death. A critical part of a wrongful death claim is being able to prove that the surviving family members filing have been harmed from the death. Examples include medical or funeral expenses as well as the loss of future income and benefits.
Wrongful Death Claim Examples
Car Accidents: If your loved one was killed in a car accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. For example, if a drunk driver hit their car, you could possible file against the drunk driver for negligence. Another example would be if the air bag did not deploy in a car accident. You could possibly make a product liability claim against the air bag or car manufacture.
Work Related Accidents: If your loved one was killed while at work, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim as well as a workers’ compensation claim. For example, if equipment at a job site failed and killed someone, a wrongful death claim may be filed against the company for not having equipment maintained properly.
Who Can File?
Typically, a close family member of the victim will file the wrongful death claim. Who can file differs from state to state. In Washington. If you are planning on filing a wrongful death claim, contact personal injury attorney, Mat Parke. Attorney Mat Parke believes that every client deserves top-tier representation. Our wrongful death attorneys have helped our clients recover substantial money settlements from the negligent persons who caused the wrongful death. Mat is aggressive, experienced, and trusted and will fight to ensure you get a fair settlement. Call (509) 482-7274 for a free consultation.
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