What Are My Legal Options if a Loved One Dies Wrongfully?

Losing a loved one is horrible. We have walked this pain with many to see firsthand how difficult this situation is.

In the event that you lose a loved one due to the negligence of another, you have the legal option to contact an attorney who can help you sort out your next steps.

What constitutes wrongful death?

Unfortunately, incidents happen in which one person’s poor decision can lead to another person losing their life. These fatal events could often have been avoided in some way.

In times like these, families should not have to worry about the legal side of the situation. They should be permitted to mourn their loss with dignity. Consulting a wrongful death attorney often allows families to move forward with getting answers to how their loved one died and if it could have been prevented.

In wrongful death claims, a family of the deceased may be compensated for a number of damages, including, but not limited to:

  • Loss of income
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral costs

Learn more about the types of compensation in a wrongful death suit here.

What are beneficiaries?

Beneficiaries are the people, or person, who are entitled to compensation in the event that a loved one suffers a wrongful death. They often have the right to pursue claims that would have survived if their loved one had lived.

There are a number of potential beneficiaries. In the state of Washington, beneficiaries may include any of the following family members:

  • Wife
  • Husband
  • State registered domestic partner
  • Children
  • Stepchildren
  • Parents
  • Sisters
  • Brothers

Gather as much evidence as possible.

In the event that you have lost a loved one, it is crucial that you save any documentation regarding the death. These include receipts of any medical treatment, bills, hospital visits, and more. An attorney will help you sort out the facts and decide what your next steps should be.

Learn more about wrongful death here.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another individual, you need an experienced wrongful death attorney on your side. Do not hesitate to contact The Pickett Law Firm today. Bill Pickett is ready to fight for you and your family.