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Seeking Justice And Compensation After The Death Of A Loved One

There is nothing in this world that can adequately compensate for losing someone you dearly love. But even though financial compensation cannot make you emotionally whole, it is nonetheless critical for liable parties to compensate you for the very real costs that accompany an untimely death. These include medical bills, funeral/burial expenses and loss of income, just to name a few.

If you are considering litigation in the Seattle area, contact Courage Law PLLC to learn more about how a caring and skilled attorney can help you and your family. Attorney Troy Courage personally handles your case from start to finish, and he is committed to helping you seek compensation for all of your financial losses and any additional compensation you may be entitled to.

What Constitutes Wrongful Death?

This type of legal claim is not as well understood as personal injury, but they are similar in nature. Essentially, any negligent or intentional act that would warrant a personal injury lawsuit (if the victim lived) would also qualify for a wrongful death lawsuit when the victim died from their injuries.

Common causes of wrongful death include:

  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Dog bites and mauling
  • Fatal injuries suffered on dangerous private property
  • Boating and watercraft accidents leading to drowning
  • Dangerous and defective products
  • Assaults and intentional attacks

These are just a few of many different types of accidents causing fatal injuries. The best way to learn whether your case is actionable is to speak to attorney Troy Courage in a free consultation.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Washington laws narrowly define who can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of someone who has died. If you are the surviving spouse or child of the decedent, you have legal standing to sue on that person’s behalf. There is no need to establish that you were financially dependent upon the decedent. Under statute, spouse and children are referred to as first-tier beneficiaries.

If you are the parent or sibling of someone who died, you are considered a second-tier beneficiary and have standing to file a wrongful death suit if two conditions are met. The first condition is that there are no first-tier beneficiaries (meaning the decedent did not have a spouse or children). Second, you must show that you were dependent on the decedent for support. These are harder conditions to meet, which is why it is more common for first-tier beneficiaries to file wrongful death lawsuits.

Seek Help From A Caring And Compassionate Attorney Today

Courage Law PLLC serves clients throughout the Seattle Metropolitan area and Kitsap County. To discuss your legal options with an experienced and caring attorney, call the firm at 206-962-3214 or fill out an online contact form.