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  1. Your case deserves serious support from experienced attorneys
  2. A wrongful death can tear a family apart. We fight to make sure that doesn’t happen
  3. What is considered wrongful death in Washington state?
  4. What types of costs does a wrongful death claim cover?
  5. The Herschensohn Law team is ready to fight for your family’s future

Your case deserves serious support from experienced attorneys

If someone you love was fatally injured in an accident due to someone else’s mistake, you shouldn’t have to worry about money or getting the resources your family needs—your only focus should be healing as a family. Unfortunately, for too many who have wrongful death claims, they spend countless hours fighting for what’s rightfully theirs. This is wrong.  

Wrongful death attorney Zach Herschensohn and his team can help you pursue a wrongful death claim so that you don’t have to worry about your family’s future and focus on what matters most.  

Herschensohn Law has obtained millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and can provide you with guidance to help you cope with the devastating loss of a family member.  

See what a knowledgeable and experienced Kent wrongful death lawyer can do for your family. Contact us today for your free and confidential consultation. 

A wrongful death can tear a family apart. We fight to make sure that doesn’t happen

When someone you love is killed in a preventable accident, it can turn your whole life upside down. You’re confused. Upset. Angry. Sad. Scared. Overwhelmed. And all you really want is closure.  

While there’s no amount of money that can bring back your loved one, getting the compensation your family is entitled to is still an important step in the healing process. 

Don’t leave your family’s future to chance  

Attorney Zach Herschensohn is a powerful advocate who can make sure your family’s needs are met—both now and into the future. Through attentive, aggressive, and effective representation, our law firm can get your family real results, and we’re ready to fight for you. 

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What is considered wrongful death in Washington state?

In Washington state, if “the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another person,” it may fall under the legal category of wrongful death.  

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action brought on behalf of the deceased person’s estate 

Most wrongful death lawsuits are filed by the deceased person’s immediate family members, specifically their spouse or domestic partner. Children and stepchildren may also file a wrongful death claim, as can the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. In certain cases, the deceased person’s parents or siblings may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. Washington state law allows the survivors of a deceased person to file a wrongful death lawsuit even if a criminal case is still being tried in court.  

Wrongful death claims are different from any criminal charges, such as homicide, that might be brought by the State of Washington in connection with the same death. So, if someone is pursing criminal charges in connection to your loved one’s death, you and your family won’t receive any financial compensation if that person is found guilty. To learn more about your options, contact a wrongful death attorney right away. 

What types of costs does a wrongful death claim cover?

Broadly speaking, there are two types of compensatory damages (financial compensation) in a wrongful death case:  

  • Compensation for the deceased person’s estate: This includes the medical expenses for the deceased person’s final injury or illness, pain and suffering, lost wages and lost future income, and funeral and burial expenses. 
  • Compensation for the surviving family members: This includes losses experienced by family members as a result of the death, such as loss of inheritance, loss of consortium, loss of care and companionship, and loss of any services provided by the deceased person (such as childcare or yard work).  

If the conduct that led to your loved one’s death was particularly egregious, you may also be able to pursue punitive damages. However, to get a clear understanding of your options, you need to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney. 

What is the deadline to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Washington? 

In Washington, the statute of limitations (deadline for taking legal action) for filing a wrongful death claim is three years from the time of the deceased person’s death. There are rare exceptions, but in most cases, if you try to file a wrongful death lawsuit after this deadline, your claim will be dismissed, and you won’t be able to claim the compensation you deserve. 

“Zach will always take time and give you quality advice that you can trust. Highly recommended!”

- P.R., Katy, WA

The Herschensohn Law team is ready to fight for your family’s future

Once you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, your life will never be the same. Even though it’s critical to make sure your family is set up for the future, you should be focusing your attention on mourning your loss and spending time with the people you love—not trying to convince wrongdoers to take responsibility for what they’ve done. 

Let our law firm help you. Attorney Zach Herschensohn understands how hard it can be to deal with everything that’s being thrown at you during this difficult time. Whether it’s through an insurance settlement or jury verdict, he’s willing to fight for the payout your family needs and deserves.  

Find out how Herschensohn Law can help you by requesting a free consultation today. Don’t forget: we work for clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing unless we win.  

Contact our personal injury law office today for your free consultation by calling 206-588-4344 or by filling out our simple contact form. 

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