The unexpected death of a loved one can be a very devastating experience. If you have lost a loved one as a result of another’s person’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your loss. While no amount of money can bring your loved one back to life, the unexpected death of a loved one can have serious financial consequences for the family they leave behind.
If your loved one died because of another person’s negligence or misconduct, you deserve justice. You need the help of an experienced wrongful death lawyer from Malcolm Law to help you understand your rights and support you through the legal process. For more information on how a wrongful death attorney from Malcolm Law can help you, contact us to set up a free 30-minute consultation. Our team is passionate about getting justice for our clients, so give us a call today at 206-659-9514 to get started.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Bellevue, WA?
When a person’s death is caused by negligence, a wrongful act, or misconduct of another person, the deceased’s personal representative may file and pursue legal action against the person who caused the death. The deceased’s personal representative maintains the legal action on behalf of the beneficiaries of the deceased.
Under Washington state law, the beneficiaries of a wrongful death claim include the following:
The deceased’s spouse or state-registered domestic partner
Child(ren) of the deceased, including stepchildren
Parents of the deceased if the deceased had no spouse, registered domestic partner, or children
If the deceased died without appointing a personal representative, one can be appointed by the courts
Any damages recovered are fairly distributed among the beneficiaries.
What Damages Can Be Recovered for Washington Beneficiaries?
The recoverable damages will depend on the circumstances of the case. In every wrongful death case, the beneficiaries may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are tangible and objectively verifiable losses that include:
Loss of earnings
Loss of use of property
Non-economic damages are intangible and subjective non-monetary losses that include:
Because non-economic damages are subjective, it is important to have compelling evidence to support the value of such damages. A skilled Bellevue personal injury attorney will work with economic experts to determine a fair value of the non-economic damages in your case. At Malcolm Law, our focus is on litigation and trial advocacy to ensure that you obtain maximum compensation for the death of your loved one through a fair settlement or verdict. Our experienced Bellevue wrongful death attorneys can help you recover full and fair compensation for your losses.
Call an Experienced Bellevue Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
If you have lost a loved one as a result of another person’s negligence, you deserve justice. Call the passionate trial lawyers at Malcolm Law at 206-659-9514 to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.