Wrongful Death Claim Eligibility
In the state of Washington, a wrongful death lawsuit can only be filed by a representative of the deceased’s estate. This person may be a legally appointed representative, such as an attorney, or a family member – either by law or blood.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident and are interested in learning if you are eligible to file a claim, please contact the Hornbuckle Firm online or call (425) 679-0742 to schedule a free consultation with our Tacoma wrongful death attorney.
Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Washington
In Washington State, parties that may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Spouses and domestic partners
- Children, including step-children and adopted children
- Parents, step-parents, and legal guardians
According to state law, spouses/domestic partners and children of the deceased are primarily allowed to tack action. Additional parties are typically only allowed to file suit when there are no surviving spouses or children. However, there are cases where a party who was dependent on the deceased for financial support can file a suit when a spouse or child declines to take action. The best way to learn if you are eligible to file is by calling Tacoma wrongful death attorney Stephen Hornbuckle and scheduling a free case evaluation.
Statute of Limitations
Washington has imposed a strict three year statute of limitations on wrongful death claims. This period begins at the time of death and action must be taken within the limit even when the case is concurrently being tried in a criminal court.
Remember, wrongful death is a civil issue and a respondent may be held liable for damages regardless of the outcome of their criminal proceedings. Attorney Hornbuckle can discuss this along with any other questions you may have during your free initial consultation.
To schedule your initial consultation with our Tacoma wrongful death attorney, please call (425) 679-0742 today. Attorney Hornbuckle serves Seattle and all surrounding areas from our offices in Bellevue.
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