Seattle car accident attorney Jason Epstein continues his FAQ series about personal injury cases. In this video, Jason discusses what makes up a wrongful death claim.
For those who have discovered this article because you think someone you love has been the victim of a wrongful death, allow me to first say how sorry I am for your loss. I hope that you are getting the support you need throughout this tragic ordeal. I have dealt with wrongful death cases my entire career as a Seattle wrongful death attorney, but they are always very emotionally straining. They have similar boundaries and rules as ordinary personal injury cases, but because there was a death, the case holds extra weight in my mind. There are very rigorous limitations on what constitutes wrongful death, so if you believe that you may have a claim due to the death of a loved one, you should speak with an experienced Washington wrongful death lawyer. Each case is different, but here are the basic principles:
First of all, the fatality needs to have been caused due to someone else’s carelessness. Much like in any vehicle accident or injury case, someone else has to be to blame by either doing something they should not have, or not doing something they should have. There has to be a causal connection between this negligence and the death as well. When fighting an insurance company on a claim with as much at stake as wrongful death, proving that the negligence caused the death is the most critical aspect of the case.
There are many circumstances in which a wrongful death may occur. Some of the most typical that I have seen as a Bellevue wrongful death lawyer are from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, defective products, workplace accidents and medical errors. Time is unfortunately of the essence when dealing with these cases when there is a death involved. This is always very difficult for the family, as they need a proper amount of time to mourn their loss and probably do not want to even consider hiring an attorney. When the family feels emotionally ready to look at pursuing legal action, however, they should speak with an attorney. To take as much worry off of the decedent’s family, it is critical to find a skilled wrongful death lawyer that also has the compassion to deal with people in such a difficult situation.
If a loved one has died because of someone else’s negligence and you live in the greater Seattle region, feel free to reach out to us whenever you are ready. At Premier Law Group, we offer free initial consultations to families of a wrongful death victim and are always honest and straightforward in telling potential clients if they need to hire an attorney. For more information on Washington wrongful death, check out my free book titled “In Case of Death,” which I co-wrote with another Premier Law Group partner, Patrick Kang.