Losing a loved one is a difficult process for anyone to endure. It’s extremely painful when someone you love has suddenly been taken from you for no apparent reason. If the death is a result of another person’s neglect or misconduct, that is inexcusable, and you need an attorney who can help you protect your rights. Washington’s state laws have strict guidelines regarding wrongful death cases, which can be problematic depending on if the deceased is an adult or a minor. It’s important to find an experienced attorney who will be there for you and who will understand your rights while honoring your loved one in your time of grief.
Wrongful death lawsuits benefit the families of the deceased. Family members usually include spouses, domestic partners who are state registered, and children or stepchildren. If the deceased do not have families of their own, then parents and siblings will receive any benefits as long as they have United States addresses. There is a statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits, so you should file yours immediately.
Here is what you need to know if you want to file a wrongful death lawsuit. First, you are the plaintiff in the case because you’re the one filing the lawsuit; the person you are suing is the defendant. Second, the defendant had a duty to abstain from the actions of which you are accusing him or her. Third, there are several levels of duty, but the one cited most is breach of duty, which consists of the defendant’s inability to meet a standard of care. The wrongful death attorney will need to examine all evidence to determine which level of breach of duty the defendant violated. Fourth, you need to know about causation, which refers to there being enough evidence to prove that the defendant was the cause of the wrongful death. Finally, there damages. These are determined by using algebraic formulas and are based on the age, occupation, and financial contributions the deceased has made. A court or an out-of-court settlement determines the amount owed in damages, which can be paid in a lump sum or over time.
There are many possible causes of wrongful death lawsuits. The most common are automobile accidents. Drunk driving is a serious offense that can affect many innocent people. Drivers who are distracted by texting, talking on the phone, or just not paying attention to the road can do serious harm to another vehicle and its passengers. Another common wrongful death situation is when a visitor to someone’s property is seriously injured. For example, a person could trip over an exposed extension cord. If a death occurs on someone’s property, the owner should have already notified the public that there were potentially hazardous conditions on the property.
Negligent supervision in daycares and nursing homes occurs more than you might think. You might notice your loved one is showing signs of emotional abuse, such as not being as talkative, being upset, or acting withdrawn. You might also see signs of physical abuse, such as noticeable bruises from being hit or pushed. Nursing home neglect is when a nursing home facility fails to provide your loved one with adequate care. This failure can lead to bedsores, cracked skin, rashes, or dry lips. If you think you’re loved one died from improper care at a personal care home or childcare center, then contact a Seattle wrongful death attorney to help you to ensure the best outcome for your case. Someone dying because of medical malpractice can also be considered wrongful death because a doctor might not have done everything possible to save your loved one.
Defective products are another cause of wrongful death. Car seats that are not properly assembled can cause the death of an infant or toddler in a car accident. Drop-side cribs and sports equipment injure or cause death to thousands every year. Medical devices can be defective as well. These include hip replacements, pacemakers that stop or have improper rhythms, and pain or insulin pumps. Food borne illnesses take the lives of thousands every year due to tainted food products distributed at restaurants and grocery stores. Defective drugs can include prescription or over-the-counter medication that doesn’t warn people of potential side effects. Any item that fails to do what it’s been manufactured to do is a defective product.
Here’s what you should look for when seeking out an experienced wrongful death attorney in the Seattle area. Find an attorney who is not only an excellent communicator but also an exceptional listener. You want someone who can relate to your family’s needs and not prioritize his or her own. A good attorney will keep you up to date on your case and understand that a bad situation or tragedy can happen any day to decent people. What you’ve gone through is something you had no control over. Most of all, find an attorney who won’t make a promise that he or she can’t keep. The bottom line is that you need someone you can trust. The wrongful death lawyers at Zanes Law in Seattle are there for you. We will do our utmost to help you achieve fair compensation for your loss.
After I was hit by a drunk driver last year, Zanes Law handled my case and my experience was a positive one. Even though the guy was never given a sobriety test (due to a lot of inconvenient and frustrating circumstances including police incompetence and other thinKayley Self Personal Injury
Good people to work with.Greg King Personal Injury
I never though of myself as a person that would ever file a lawsuit, but sometimes you have to do what you don't want to do to get what you need/deserve this was one of those times i didn't know a thing about the process they we very helpful in answering all of myNate Ash Showers Personal Injury
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