Wrongful death is usually the result of negligence or intentional or reckless acts of another person or party. Families are left to face a future not only without the victim, but often without the financial support that the victim provided
Compensation for damages resulting from a wrongful death differ depending on the circumstances of the death. Insurance companies may be quick to offer a settlement to the victims’ family because of the risk involved in a wrongful death case. It may seem easier to settle because the family is in need and because they do not want to deal with a long drawn out lawsuit.
Washington law only allows certain family members to seek a recovery for the wrongful death of a loved one. Recovery is usually limited to the surviving spouse and financially dependent children of the victim.
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Wrongful death is usually the result of negligence or intentional or reckless acts of another person or party. There are many tragedies that can fall under the legal umbrella of “wrongful death”, which is why it’s so important to seek out an experienced attorney to handle your case.
A case of wrongful death is not a criminal prosecution; rather, this kind of litigation refers to a civil case that attempts to compensate the deceased’s loved ones for any financial troubles related to their death. This can include anything from funeral expenses to the loss of income related to that person’s passing.
What constitutes a case of wrongful death?
The most common accidents that are prosecuted as wrongful death include:
- Defective products (such as pharmaceuticals, contaminated foods, or unsafe vehicles)
- Accidents involving semi trucks
- Accidents involving airplanes or other aviation
- Accidents involving pedestrians
- Accidents involving drowning, if the deceased was not adequately informed about the danger of potential drowning in the area
What should I look for in a wrongful death attorney?
You should ensure that the attorney handling your trial has experience with wrongful death cases like yours. It’s also in your best interest to know some of the other lawyers in the firm who may be working on your case.
Additionally, when consulting with the attorney who may handle your case, it’s important to know how the law firm handles payment. Usually, in settlement cases, you do not pay your lawyer until you receive your settlement
At Jacobs & Jacobs, we know that a wrongful death trial can be painful for everyone involved. That’s why we make sure our team of experienced attorneys takes great care of you. If you need a lawyer for your case, call us today for a free consultation.