Pursuing a wrongful death claim requires the help from a personal injury attorney that can fully advise you of the legal process involved in filing a claim and possible litigation. An experienced personal injury lawyer in a will need to assess your current situation to let you know if he or she believes you have a viable case. A lawyer make you aware of the potential risks as well as benefits, making feel more confident about the prospects of moving forward with potential litigation.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Many people ask this question when someone they know passes away due to the negligence or direct violent act of another. However, not everyone is able to file one of these claims. Only individuals with specific relationships to the deceased have the right to engage in litigation. The following are examples of people who could potentially engage in litigation for wrongful death:

  • Direct family members of the deceased such as spouses, children, and parents.
  •  Anyone that has financial hardships due to having that person pass away, known as financial dependents or those that have no relation but relied on the deceased’s income.
  • The parents of a child or fetus that died during pregnancy due to complications caused directly by medical practices.

This is not intended to be exhaustive. While these are the people that can make a wrongful death claim in general, you need to consult with a personal injury attorney to determine if the specific situation will allow you to pursue a claim.

While every State is different, the specific laws and statutes according to the State of Washington can be discussed directly with our firm. Our office is in Kennewick, Wa and we primarily serve the Plaintiffs in Benton County, Franklin County, the cities of Richland, Wa, Pasco, Wa, and Kennewick, Wa. We are also willing to serve individual in Walla Walla, Wa, Yakima, Wa and most areas in Eastern, Wa. Under certain circumstances, we will serve Plaintiff regardless of where they are located in the State of Washington. We can assist you in analyzing and developing your case.

If you are wondering if your claim qualifies as a wrongful death claim, contact one of our qualified personal injury attorney’s at (509) 783-5551.

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