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While many claims of wrongful death include deaths caused by accidents, not all accidental deaths are wrongful. An accident that is found to be solely the fault of the deceased will not be judged to be wrongful, i.e., caused by someone else.
A wrongful death may be caused by a negligent or careless act such as careless driving, a reckless act, or an intentional act such as a deliberate murder. In these cases, whether you call it accidental death or wrongful death, a claim can only be made when it can be shown that the death was the result of fault or intent of another party.
To win a claim for an accidental death in Seattle, WA, the elements of negligence must be proven:
A wrongful death case for an accidental death in Seattle falls under the broad definition of personal injury. You can bring a Seattle accidental death lawsuit for many circumstances that cause death including defective products, work mishaps, and construction site accidents.
The damages you may recover in an accidental death lawsuit in Seattle depend on a number of factors including the relationship you had with the victim of the tragedy.
Some examples of the compensatory damages that can be awarded include:
In determining the amount of compensation awarded for wrongful death, the court examines such issues as the expected lifespan of the deceased and future earnings.