Has your loved one been killed or catastrophically injured due to the fault of someone else?
Losing a loved one or having a loved one experience a catastrophic injury is devastating. This can be made even more traumatic if the death or injury was due to the fault of another person or entity. Unfortunately, in many cases, the victim’s family is often the one left dealing with the emotional and financial burden of their family member’s loss or injury impairment.
At Cochran Douglas, PLLC we fight for the rights of victims, as well as for the rights of their families, to ensure that fair compensation is obtained.
What is a wrongful death lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is possible when a person is killed as the result of another individual’s or entity’s negligence or reckless behavior. Pursuing a wrongful death claim can be complicated, because you must demonstrate that the actions of others caused or contributed to your loved one’s death.
In general, surviving family members, such as a spouse, children, or any others who depended on the deceased person for support, can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in Washington. A number of other factors are often involved in determining who can file a wrongful death claim. Regardless of the circumstances, however, it is crucial to speak to an experienced wrongful death attorney so they can help you determine if you have grounds to bring a wrongful death suit.
While specific award amounts fluctuate based on the circumstances of each case, damages are usually divided according to whether they compensate the deceased’s estate for losses associated with the death or the deceased’s surviving family members for the losses they’ve suffered as a result of the death.
Losses that are often associated with the estate can include the following:
- Medical bills or costs incurred during the deceased’s final injury or illness
- Funeral and any other burial expenses
- Lost income, including future income the deceased would have been expected to earn
The surviving family members often recover the following types of damages:
- Loss of anticipated income
- Value of other household contributions
- Lost prospect of inheritance
- Loss of love, companionship, emotional support, and guidance
My loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury and the bills are quickly piling up. What are my next steps?
The effects of a very serious injury go beyond physical pain. Victims of catastrophic injury in Washington may be temporarily or permanently disabled, which can wreak havoc on everything in their lives: jobs and marriage, plans for the future, even their independence. It’s no exaggeration to say that this type of loss is emotionally devastating as well as physically painful. And unfortunately, a catastrophic injury is almost always financially devastating as well. Even if you have medical insurance, the cost of surgeries, hospitalization and other costs can quickly skyrocket into the tens of thousands. And of course, victims may not be able to go back to work for months or may not have jobs waiting when they return — if they can work at all.
If you or a loved one was catastrophically injured by another person’s bad decisions or bad behavior, you have a legal right to hold that person responsible for the results. At Cochran Douglas, PLLC we work to hold negligent parties accountable and maximize case value to ensure that your goals are met and that you and your family are fairly compensated for the harm that you or a loved one have suffered.
Although money cannot reverse a catastrophic injury, it can help victims get the care they need to live with dignity and independence. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call us today at 253.472.777 for a free case evaluation.
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