SeaTac Wrongful Death Lawyer
There is nothing more shocking, nor more emotional, than losing a family member in a preventable accident. When an accident occurs that takes your love one’s life, you may be faced with a number of questions and feelings, wondering why this has happened to you, and how you will move forward in life, both financially and emotionally. At the Khan Injury Law, our SeaTac wrongful death lawyer knows what you are going through, and is here to provide you with the legal support that you require during this difficult time. Our lawyers know that nothing can replace your loved one, but are confident that by filing a wrongful death claim, you and your family may be able to recover the financial compensation you need to support yourselves.
A wrongful death claim is a type of civil action that is filed when the negligent actions of one party lead to the wrongful death of another. These types of claims are filed after a variety of fatal accident types, including:
- Car accidents;
- Truck and commercial vehicle accidents;
- Motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents;
- Defective product accidents;
- Defective pharmaceutical and medical device accidents;
- Slip and falls;
- Dog bites;
- Workplace accidents;
- Medical malpractice; and
- Nursing home abuse.
Nearly any type of accident has the potential to be deadly depending upon the health of the victim, the type of accident, and the amount of force involved. A wrongful death claim may be filed against an individual, a business owner, a corporation, a property owner, or even a government employee or entity. As a note, claims against the government require a unique approach and are governed by a separate set of regulations, and should not be pursued without legal counsel.
Causes Of Wrongful Death & Proving Negligence
A surviving family member can file a wrongful death claim for damages when their loved one’s death was caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another party. The elements of a wrongful death claim are:
- Duty of care. In order to hold the defendant liable for damages, you must be able to prove that the defendant owed the deceased a duty of care. In many cases, this duty is implied. For example, doctors owe a duty of care to their patients; drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers; and property owners owe a duty of care to those who enter their properties legally.
- Breach of duty of care. The second element that must be established is that the defendant breached the duty of care owed to the decedent. Using the same examples of duty of care above, examples might include a doctor leaving an object within a patient during surgery; a driver operating their vehicle while intoxicated; or a property owner failing to correct a known hazard, such as a broken elevator, on the property. A breach of duty of care is referred to as an act of negligence.
- Causation. The third element in a wrongful death claim is proving that the negligent act was the direct cause of your loved one’s death. For example, you must prove that your loved one would not have suffered an accident and fatal injuries had the defendant not operated their vehicle while intoxicated.
- Damages. Fourth and finally, you must prove that actual damages have been suffered. Clearly, the loss of life is a significant damage in itself. In addition to loss of life, you will need to prove any other losses for which you are seeking compensation, such as the accumulation of medical bills related to the fatal injuries, funeral and burial expenses, loss of the deceased’s wages, loss of consortium and guidance, and more.
Our lawyer can help you to prove negligence, causation, and damages in order to recover the settlement award that you deserve.
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Types of Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Claim
The types of damages that you will be able to recover in a wrongful death claim are dependent upon the extent of losses that you have suffered. Damages in a wrongful death claim will be paid to the estate of the decedent, and might include:
- Medical expenses. If the deceased incurred any medical expenses related to the fatal accident prior to death, you may seek compensation for these expenses.
- Funeral and burial expenses. You may seek compensation for the value of any funeral or burial expenses that are incurred.
- Lost wages and earning capacity. The family of a deceased person may suffer economically as the result of losing an income earner. You have the right to seek the full value of current and future lost wages and earning capacity.
- Noneconomic losses. While your family may suffer financially, there are a number of intangible, noneconomic losses that are associated with the death of a loved one, too. For example, you may suffer loss of guidance, companionship, and consortium, as well as other emotional harm, as a result of death.
We help you to maximize your compensation amount depending upon your specific circumstances and situation.
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How Our SeaTac Wrongful Death Lawyer Helps You
Our SeaTac wrongful death lawyer is by your side throughout every step of the process. We handle every aspect of your claim, from filing the initial claim and investigating the cause of death and the value of damages to negotiating for a settlement amount. We also have trial experience, and are prepared to go to court to fight for your rights to your full damages amount if an out-of-court settlement is not possible. We also ensure that your claim is pursued within all regulations and laws, including the state’s statute of limitations for wrongful death claims.