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
The defendant must have had a
duty to the deceased
The defendant must have breached that duty
The fatality must
have been caused by a breach of the duty of the defendant
The survivors of the deceased
must have suffered damages as a result of the loss
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
Damages in a Seattle accidental death case
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:
related to the death, such as funeral expenses
Loss of monetary support from the deceased, including salary
Loss of companionship
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.
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