Lindell Law Offices, PLLC
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Seattle, WA 98116
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Wrongful Death actions in Washington:
Wrongful death is the term commonly used in Washington to describe a civil law suit filed to recover damages for an act of negligence that caused the death of another person. Washington's wrongful death statute, RCW 4.20.010, is intended to compensate relatives of the deceased for the economic and emotional loss they suffered as a result of the decedents death. A second statute, RCW 4.24.010, provides that a parent can sue for the death of a minor child, or, when the parent was dependant on the child for support. A third statute, RCW 4.20.046, allows a "survivor" lawsuit to be filed on behalf of the deceased to recover for damages that the decedent and/or the decedents estate suffered as a result of his or her death.
Damages in wrongful death cases frequently include medical expenses, funereal expenses, loss of companionship, emotional damages, and lost wages.
Wrongful death actions must be brought by the personal representative of the decedents estate.