Vancouver, WA Accident Attorney: Wrongful Death

“The Dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them.” – Lois McMaster Bujold

If you have lost a loved one due to the carelessness, recklessness or intentional act of another, taking legal action will not bring your loved one back, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do. Not only will sharing your loved one’s story allow you to seek justice on their behalf, you will be advancing a narrative that has the power to prevent future deaths from occurring. This is the very essence of our civil justice system.

Obtain justice for your loved one and promote safety within our community. Contact the Scott Law Firm, PLLC today and schedule a free consultation with a Vancouver, WA personal injury attorney who can answer your questions: (360) 718-3640.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions about Wrongful Death Laws

What is a wrongful death claim?
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
What is the time limit to file a wrongful death claim?
What types of compensation are available in wrongful death cases?
Is it possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit if criminal charges have been filed?
Additional questions?

What is a “wrongful death” claim?

A wrongful death claim is a civil action seeking financial compensation on behalf of someone who was killed as the result of another’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional act. Examples include:

  • Unsafe Motorists (Drunk Drivers, Speeding, Texting While Driving)
  • Dangerous Products (Defective Children’s Products, Faulty Safety Equipment, Asbestos)
  • Workplace Accidents (Negligently Operated Machinery, Failure to Follow Safety Rules)
  • Medical Malpractice (Missed Diagnosis, Prescribing Wrong Medication)
  • Intentional Acts (Criminal)
Who can file a wrongful death claim in the State of Washington?

In most cases the family member who files the lawsuit is a surviving spouse, child or parent of the decedent. However this may vary depending on the facts in your situation.

What is the time limit for filing a wrongful death claim in the State of Washington?

In the State of Washington the time limit is generally 3 years from the date of death, meaning that beneficiaries have exactly 3 years from the date of the accident or fatal injury to file suit. This time limit may vary depending on the facts in your situation. Oregon uses a different method to determine the statute of limitations in wrongful death cases. In both states, once the applicable statute expires a court will no longer hear the case. Therefore it is extremely important that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who is licensed to practice law in the proper jurisdiction and who can identify the applicable statute of limitations in your situation.

What types of compensation are available in wrongful death cases?
  • Hospital Bills & Medical Expenses
  • Funeral & Burial Expenses
  • Lost Wages & Projected Income
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Loss of Care, Comfort & Companionship (Available to Certain Relatives such as the Spouse and Children of the Decedent)
Is it possible to file a wrongful death claim if criminal charges were also filed?

Yes, if there are pending criminal charges against one or more defendants (such as a drunk driver charged with vehicular homicide), you may pursue a civil wrongful death claim at the same time; however, you must do so within the applicable statute of limitations for the civil case.

Additional Questions?

If you have lost a loved one due to the carelessness, recklessness or intentional act of another, contact the Scott Law Firm, PLLC today and speak with a Vancouver, WA personal injury attorney who can provide a free case evaluation and answer your questions: (360) 718-3640.

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