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Washington Wrongful Death Lawyer Helps You Seek Justice

Attorney aiding families in the worst of scenarios: losing a loved one

Wrongful death cases are among the most sensitive legal matters. Where applicable, the family or personal representative must decide whether to bring a lawsuit for damages after an individual’s death. Relying on a lawyer when deciding whether and how to pursue such a claim can provide ease during this stressful process. Peltram Law Offices in Spokane possesses the experience to effectively litigate wrongful death lawsuits.

What is wrongful death?

Wrongful death is a statutory cause of action for damages when the death of a person was caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of another, meaning that the death can be intentional or unintentional. Attorneys representing a client, or clients, in a wrongful death lawsuit should understand the legal aspects, as well as the extremely sensitive personal implications, involved in these claims.

Who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit?

Only certain individuals can bring a lawsuit for the wrongful death of a deceased individual. In Washington, statutory beneficiaries of the deceased have the right to initiate the lawsuit, including the following:

  • Spouse
  • Surviving children and stepchildren
  • Parents (see below)
  • Siblings (see below)

Parents and siblings can only bring a wrongful death lawsuit if they were financially dependent on the deceased at the time of the individual’s death. If the deceased was a minor child, the law permits parents to initiate a wrongful death suit.

The purpose of the wrongful death statute is to permit the surviving beneficiaries to recover economic and noneconomic damages as a result of the individual’s death. The named defendant can be an individual, a corporation or even a government entity.

Experienced legal representation when you need it most

Pursuing wrongful death compensation requires extensive legal skills and knowledge of the related facts and circumstances. Peltram Law Offices has nearly two decades of experience in personal injury law.

Reckless, negligent and careless behavior can lead to premature and wrongful deaths, so lawsuits frequently arise from doctor and hospital errors, car and truck crashes and accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles. We vigorously represent our clients in any wrongful death claim. It is important not to wait to bring your case to a lawyer because the typical statute of limitations is three years from the date of the wrongful death.

Let an attorney with wrongful death lawsuit experience represent your best interests

Any delay in bringing legal action against the responsible party increases the likelihood that evidence will be lost and assets will be depleted. Therefore, it is important to contact Peltram Law Offices right away. We offer free initial consultations on all personal injury cases, which we take on a contingency basis. Call our offices at 509-624-4922 or send us a message online to schedule your free consultation in Spokane, WA.