Lakewood Wrongful Death Lawyers
Losing a loved one can be one of the most devastating moments in your life. In addition to the unspeakable grief, you may be suffering a heavy financial burden at the same time as a loss of income. If your loved one was killed because of another person’s negligence, you may be understandably feeling a great deal of anger as well. While nothing can ever replace the person you’ve lost, you may have legal options to win a significant amount of compensation from the responsible party to help with the costs you’ve born.
At Briggs & Briggs, we believe that those who end lives through their negligent or intentional actions should be held accountable for the immeasurable damage they do to the victim’s family. With over sixty years serving residents of Lakewood, Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Chehalis, and Bremerton, we have stood by numerous families and fought for the compensation they needed and deserved to help recover from the loss of their loved ones. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, our Lakewood wrongful death lawyers are here to help. Contact us at (253) 588-6696.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death is a broad category of claims that encompasses any kind of accident in which one party’s negligent or intentional act killed another person. Here are some of the most common types of accidents resulting in wrongful death cases:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability
- Construction and other workplace accidents
- Animal attacks
Whatever the cause of your loved one’s wrongful death, the Lakewood, Washington wrongful death lawyers Briggs & Briggs are here to help. After a free consultation, we will help you explore your legal options.
Who can benefit from a wrongful death claim in Washington State?
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, you may be wondering if you are eligible to recover damages in a wrongful death claim. Under Washington law, there are certain guidelines as to who can benefit from a wrongful death claim. The people given priority in wrongful death cases are the following relatives of the deceased person:
- State-registered domestic partner
- Children or stepchildren
If the victim was unmarried and had no state-registered domestic partner, children, or stepchildren, the law allows their parents or siblings to benefit from a wrongful death claim. An officially designated representative of the deceased person’s estate can also always bring a wrongful death claim. If you were related to the person you lost in any of the above ways, or are confused as to how other family members’ relationships may impact your ability to bring a claim, the Lakewood, Washington wrongful death attorneys of Briggs & Briggs are happy to clear up any questions you might have.
The Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims in Washington State
The law also states how long you have to bring a wrongful death claim after the victim has died. This is called the statute of limitations. Under Washington State law, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is three years. This means that from the time your loved one has died (not necessarily from the time of the accident), you have three years to bring a wrongful death claim. However, this does not mean that you should, in fact, wait three years.
A wrongful death claim, just like any other personal injury claim, is best fought and most easily won when the plaintiff acts quickly. It is easiest to gather evidence, including pictures of the scene of the accident and witness statements, as well as to produce medical receipts and other documentation, if you start as soon as possible. If your loved one has been killed in an accident and you are considering legal action, you should contact a lawyer right away to discuss your options.
Recovering Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
Losing a loved one can impact every area of your life, from your own personal wellbeing to your finances. Fortunately, if you fight and win a wrongful death claim, you can recover damages for most of these costs in a settlement or court judgment. Here are the types of damages you might be awarded:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical bills leading up to the deceased person’s death
- The victim’s physical pain and emotional pain and suffering leading up to their death
- Your own emotional pain and suffering
- Any loss of or damage to property as a result of the accident, including car repairs
- Lost income the deceased person would have earned, if you are their partner or dependent
- Loss of care and companionship
- Other miscellaneous costs such as transportation
Some of these damages depend on your relationship to the victim and what receipts and other records you are able to produce. Whatever the circumstances of your loss, the Lakewood, Washington wrongful death lawyers of Briggs & Briggs can help you decide which damages to seek in your particular case, and will immediately start to fight aggressively to help you recover those damages.
At Briggs & Briggs, our compassion for our clients comes first. We understand that nothing can ever replace your loved one. However, as you go through this trying time, we are eager to do whatever we can to help alleviate the financial burden of your loss. As soon as you are ready, you should consider your legal options.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, the Lakewood, Washington wrongful death lawyers of Briggs & Briggs are here to help. From our first, free consultation to the conclusion of your case, whether in or out of court, we will take every step along the way with care for your family and fierce dedication to help you win the compensation you need and deserve. Over the course of more than sixty years, our firm has built the experience and know-how to fight effectively for our clients in any type of wrongful death case. Don’t hesitate. For more information on how we can help increase your chances of winning compensation, call us now at (253) 588-6696.