How Long is the Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations in Washington?

Timing is critical when pursuing a wrongful death claim. Three years is the limit for filing a claim in Washington, however, there are exceptions to the three-year limitation. The time limitations would not begin until it was reasonably concluded that the death was a result of negligence. Exceptions to the rules as follow, if the deceased passed away in 2014 and wrongful death was found in 2017, the time would begin at the discovery, in 2017. Once the wrongful death is recognized, the three-year limitation begins. If the case is not filed within three years, the court can refuse to hear the case, depriving the family the right to seek the judgment of liability and compensation for their loss. Unfortunately, many families lose their right to file for compensation after a wrongful death due to the failure of meeting the 3-year deadline for.

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Claims for wrongful death can only be filed only by designated survivors of the deceased. Family members such as spouses, children, and parents of unmarried children may sue for damages. Life partners and financial dependents or anyone who depends financially on the deceased, also have the right to pursue recovery. Claims can be filed to cover the financial burdens of burial and any income loss that would have been earned, provided that the death never happened. It is prudent that the estate employs an attorney with expertise in filing wrongful death cases.

The burden to prove that the defendant was the cause of the victim’s death is placed upon the plaintiff. Your lawyer is tasked with determining the value of your claim from a legal point and with conveying your sense of loss to the jury.  The time and effort put into a case can be an emotional rollercoaster for the survivors. Lawyers at Rodriguez Interiano Hanson & Rodgers, can speak with you about the specifics of your case and evaluate whether your situation fits the statue to claim for wrongful death. Our attorneys can advise you on the possible risks and benefits related with filing a wrongful death claim.

If you have questions on whether you are entitled to file in a Washington State for wrongful death, please contact our experienced wrongful death attorneys at Rodriguez Interiano Hanson & Rodgers.