No one can be prepared for the unexpected death of a loved one. However, when a family realizes that the death was caused by negligence, the pain can be even far greater. The Washington wrongful death attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates can help a family during these uncertain times. An unforeseen death can mean thousands of dollars in unplanned medical costs. A funeral must be paid for. And even more difficult is replacing a lifetime of future income.
The Spokane, Washington law firm of Craig Swapp & Associates deals directly with the insurance company of the negligent party and will work with your family to assess the true costs associated with untimely death of your family member. Our wrongful death lawyers will help establish liability and make an insurance claim for the required financial compensation. We can even arrange for the protection of the estate to avoid payment of costly estate taxes.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death claim can only be brought by the personal representative of the decedent's estate, including:
- Children (an adult guardian must take the suit to court if the child is a minor)
- Other dependents (in some states)
The families of wrongful death victims have a right to seek compensation from the person or entity that caused the death of their loved one. The rationale behind a wrongful death lawsuit is that, in addition to the deceased, the wrongful death also hurts those who depended on the deceased financially and/or emotionally.
The damages awarded from a wrongful death suit belong to the estate of the deceased and are usually passed on to many different parties, as directed by the decedent's will. From the wrongful death suit damages may be awarded to cover:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Lost future wages
- Lost benefits
- Lost inheritance
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of support or companionship
- Punitive damages
The wrongful death attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates want to help you and your family. Simply call us toll-free at the number below or submit the facts of your case online. During our no-obligation consultation, we'll take the time to explain your rights and how they apply to your situation. Our promise to you is that we'll get your family financial compensation for your wrongful death case or you owe us nothing.