Few times in life are as devastating as the death of a loved one. The only circumstance that can make it worse is knowing that it did not have to happen. If the negligence of another was the cause of that death, you need to explore your legal options and remedies with Vancouver Wrongful Death Lawyers.
Who May Bring a Wrongful Death Action
A wrongful death is different than other personal injury claims because the actual victim, the decedent, is not bringing the suit. Generally, Vancouver Wrongful Death Lawyers may bring a wrongful death action on behalf of:
- The personal representative acting on behalf of the decedent’s estate
- The spouse of the decedent
- The children or step-children of the decedent
If the decedent died without a spouse or children, the parents or siblings may bring a claim if they were dependent on the decedent for financial support, according to Vancouver Wrongful Death Lawyers at the law office of Loren Etengoff.
The damages that Vancouver Wrongful Death Lawyers can recover depend on which party is bringing the suit. Among the damages recoverable are:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Final medical bills
- Lost wages and income projected for the life of the decedent
- Loss of care and companionship
- Pain and suffering
Statute of Limitations
A lawsuit for wrongful death must be filed within three years of the date the decedent died otherwise it will not be heard by the court.
In some circumstances a criminal charge will be filed as a result of the same incident that led to the wrongful death claim. This is brought by the state of Washington and is separate and independent of the civil case. However, no compensation is available to the estate or family if a criminal conviction results. More importantly, despite the timeline of the criminal case, the wrongful death statute of limitations remains unchanged.
What Damages Can Be Collected in a Case?
Contact Vancouver Wrongful Death Lawyers for Legal Advice
No amount of money will bring back your loved one, but justice demands some remedy. If you have lost someone through the negligence of another, call Vancouver Wrongful Death Lawyers at the Law Office of Loren Scott Etengoff at (360) 693-2919.