Spokane Car Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer
Around 32,675 people die annually as a result of a motor vehicle accident. These crashes are horrific, and nothing can make the pain of the loss any easier for the surviving friends and family members of the deceased.
However, a Spokane car accident wrongful death lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can assist you by helping you seek financial compensation from those responsible for the fatal crash. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to achieve some measure of justice and secure your family’s financial wellbeing.
Proving Negligence in a Wrongful Death Case
We will need to gather evidence to prove how the accident happened and who was responsible for both it and your loved one’s death. This is easier to do if a criminal case reaches a guilty verdict ahead of the wrongful death suit, but you will still need an attorney to allocate time and resources to your own investigation.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Washington State?
If you were a blood relative and financially dependent upon the deceased, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This right is guaranteed to you if you were related to the victim in one of the following ways:
- Child or financially dependent stepchild
- Spouse or domestic partner
- Siblings or parents (if the deceased had none of the above relations)
The personal representative of the victim’s estate may also file a wrongful death lawsuit, and takes precedence over siblings and parents. If you aren’t certain if you qualify, please call our office to discuss your situation.
Time Limit for Filing a Lawsuit
Washington State has a statute of limitations that determines how much time you have to file a lawsuit. In wrongful death cases, you only have three years from the date of the death to file.
Keep in mind that the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to gather evidence, locate witnesses, and build a strong case for what happened, who is to blame, and why you deserve compensation. It is within your best interests to schedule a consultation and begin preparing for trial while the evidence is still fresh.
Seeking Compensation for a Wrongful Death
When calculating the value of your wrongful death claim, we will look at several factors:
- How old the victim was at the time of death and how many working years were left
- What the deceased’s annual income was
- The likelihood of raises or wage increases
- Medical expenses
- Cost of the funeral
- Therapy and assistance for your family
- Pain and suffering of the deceased
- Loss of companionship
Our goal will be to get you as much compensation as possible for your wrongful death claim, so that your family can focus on your grief and healing rather than struggling to pay the bills.
Going to Court
Your case may not need to go to court. If the other party wants to settle the case and makes a fair offer, you can accept it and settle the lawsuit out of court.
However, if they are not treating you fairly or trying to pay less than what you deserve, we will inform you and recommend proceeding to trial for a court-rendered verdict.
Speak with a Spokane Car Accident Attorney
The complexities of wrongful death cases make it critical for you to work with a Spokane car accident wrongful death lawyer. To speak with an experienced attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates, please call 1-800-404-9000 or contact us using the form below. You can count on us to be dedicated to your case.