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Bellevue Wrongful Death Lawyer
Losing a loved one is never easy. Aside from the grief you experience, expenses can mount, leaving families in a difficult financial and emotional situation. The process becomes even more difficult when your loved one’s death was the fault of someone else. If your loved one died as the result of someone else’s actions, contact Colburn Law to discuss your next steps.
Colburn Law Gets Results
- Colburn Law has years of experience regarding wrongful death in the Bellevue area, and has successfully settled hundreds of cases to provide our clients with compensation for the damages they suffered.
- Our attorneys have developed a deep understanding of the emotional circumstances experienced by our wrongful death clients, and will make every effort to provide you with compassionate, quality representation at this difficult time.
- Our commitment to our clients is evident in every stage of the process, and you will not pay attorney fees unless we win your case.
Why Do You Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?
Every set of circumstances is unique. Whether your loved one’s death resulted from medical malpractice, an accident, or a wrongful act, a Bellevue personal injury attorney can help you determine what caused your loved one’s death and whether you may file a wrongful death suit. In addition, you must file within three years of the date of death, making it essential to proceed with an attorney’s help and in a timely manner.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death?
In Washington state, a wrongful death is a death resulting from the negligence or wrongful acts of another person; if such a death occurs, survivors may file a civil claim to pursue damages caused by the death. State law dictates that only certain parties may file a wrongful death claim, including a personal representative of the deceased person’s estate, a spouse, or a child.
Another way of looking at wrongful death is as a personal injury suit which is now impossible since the victim of the negligence died as a result of his or her injuries. Now, the deceased person’s estate may bring a wrongful death suit in lieu of the other civil suits to compensate the estate or surviving family members for damages suffered.
Is Someone Liable for Your Damages?
Compensation that can be awarded in wrongful death suits include:
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages during the injury period as well as lost future wages the person stood to earn throughout the remainder of their life
- Pain and suffering on the part of the deceased as a result of the injury and anticipated death
- Loss of care and companionship by the deceased person’s family members
In order to assign liability for the above damages, your attorney must prove that your loved one died as the direct result of another person’s negligence or wrongful act. The burden to prove that your loved one’s death resulted in certain damages, such as lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of care, rests on the plaintiff. For example, to prove loss of care, you must provide proof that your loved one provided financial care you or others depended on to survive.
Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorneys Today
No family should experience the undue financial and emotional burden of paying the final expenses necessitated by a wrongful death. Colburn Law is dedicated to ensuring family members left behind after a wrongful death receive adequate compensation for the associated damages, allowing continued healing without financial strain. If your loved one died as the result of someone else’s wrongful acts or negligence, contact our firm at your earliest convenience to discuss your next steps or schedule a no-fee consultation.