Wrongful Death Attorney Serving Spokane, Washington
There is nothing more heartbreaking than the sudden, senseless death of a beloved family member caused by the reckless, careless, or negligent behavior of another. For many, the first three of the “seven stages of grief” will come quickly: shock, denial, and anger are common in the first few days, weeks, or months following a tragic death. And while dealing with those emotions, it is especially challenging for families to deal with the legal system and insurance companies.
A wrongful death lawsuit can help families get financial compensation for their loss. This can help cover medical bills that may have been incurred prior to death, income that the deceased may have provided, the cost of a funeral, plus other expenses. Moreover, it may bring emotional closure while providing families with the money they need to move forward and put food on the table, pay the rent or the mortgage, cover household bills and provide for children’s educational and other needs.
Compassionate Spokane serving wrongful death attorney
At the Bendell Law Firm, you can expect more than a dedicated wrongful death attorney committed to getting your family maximum financial compensation for your losses. You can count on us to help you through these difficult times with the patience, dedication, and compassion you need to move forward.
Attorney Jim Bendell has a 40-year track record of success in making sure that the party responsible for the death of your loved one is held responsible. Wrongful death cases are emotional for families. We offer the steady hand, experience, and courtroom skills that bring both positive compensation results and peace-of-mind to grieving families across a range of wrongful death cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents/commercial vehicle accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Accidents in which death is caused by a defective product
- Accidents caused by poorly maintained or dangerous premises conditions
- Fires or explosions
What is considered a wrongful death in Spokane, Washington?
The definition of wrongful death in Washington is a death is caused by “the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another person.” This may include a number of behaviors or incidents. Examples include reckless driving or drunk driving; slip and fall accidents caused by a property owner’s failure to repair dangerous conditions within a reasonable amount of time; assault and battery and other types of negligence or acts that lead to a tragedy.
As your legal counsel in a wrongful death lawsuit, we advocate for you at every step of the process. We seek out every avenue of compensation. In some cases, their may be multiple liabilities. Called “joint and several liabilities,” this means that more than one party may be held independently liable for damages. If the joint and several liability legal standard applies in your case, it may benefit you if, for example, the accident was caused by a distracted trucker, but the trucking company failed to repair faulty brakes. If one of the parties doesn’t have adequate insurance, it is still very possible that you will get full compensation.
Every case is given the highest degree of professionalism, thorough investigation, and compassionate care, including:
- Accident reconstruction
- Obtaining witness statements
- Gathering/preserving evidence
- Working with and collecting testimony from experts in fields such as security, highway safety, product safety, physical and mental health, and others
Compensation for Wrongful Deaths in Spokane
Our goal in working with grieving families is to ensure they get all the compensation they deserve and need for future financial security. In Washington, total compensation is calculated on both economic and non-economic losses.
Economic losses are those which are more easily calculable and have explicit monetary values. They include costs of:
- Medical care—including physician, hospital, and pharmacy bills—related to and incurred prior to death
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Domestic services
Non-economic damages are intangible, but under Washington law, those who are entitled to file a wrongful death suit have the right to pursue them. Non-economic damages may include:
- Emotional pain and suffering that preceded death
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of society and companionship
- Emotional distress
- Child’s/children’s loss of a parent’s guidance and supervision
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Spokane?
Washington law states that the “right of action” (those who can legally file a claim) in a wrongful death case includes the personal representative. A personal representative does this on behalf of the beneficiaries of the deceased:
- The spouse
- A state-registered domestic partner
- A child or children
- Stepchild or stepchildren
If no spouse, partner, children or stepchildren exist, the “action may be maintained for the benefit of parents or siblings of the deceased.”
Statute of Limitations on a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Spokane
Parties who are entitled to file a claim for wrongful death have three years from the date of the death to file the claim. There are several reasons why you should not delay in proceeding with a legal action. Memories are seldom dependable, and it is difficult for witnesses to accurately recall events. Evidence may be lost. Moreover, the longer you wait, the greater the risk that you will miss the deadline and will be prohibited from recovering compensation.
It is painful to go through the details of your loved one’s death so soon after it occurred. But it only adds to the tragedy if you lose the ability to file a claim and get the compensation you deserve.
We offer caring support and aggressive legal representation for families in wrongful death lawsuits
The grief you feel may never completely go away, but we can help ensure a more secure financial future for you and your family. We are ready and able to help answer your questions and address your concerns—and provide a clear legal strategy to maximize compensation for your loss.
To schedule a free consultation, please call us at 208-981-0555 or complete and return our free injury claim valuation form.