When someone dies because of misconduct and/or negligence, another person, business, or entity, that person’s family may be eligible to file a lawsuit for wrongful death. If you hire a compassionate attorney that can handle the legal elements of your case, you and your family will be able to grieve. Speaking with a Tacoma wrongful death lawyer like Chong Ye can help the family understand the legal options available and how they can move forward after the tragic death of a loved one.

Defining Wrongful Death

A wrongful death case is handled similarly to a personal injury lawsuit. The difference is that in a wrongful death case, your loved one’s untimely death is due to the reckless and negligent actions of another. The attorney hired must show that it is “more likely than not” that if it were not for the defendant’s actions, your loved one may have lived.

How Do Wrongful Deaths Occur?

Wrongful deaths can occur due to many reasons. If someone slips on the icy ground that should have been cleared, hits their head and dies, their family may file suit. Car accidents, explosions, fires, medical malpractice, and a host of other things could cause a wrongful death.

At times, wrongful deaths can occur over a long period of time when someone is exposed to toxic substances. For example, the victim may have had HVAC work done in their home, but the contractor exposed asbestos that later caused cancer. If the family believes that their loved one’s death is tied to negligence or misconduct, they should speak to a Tacoma wrongful death lawyer. Chong Ye, founder of The Ye Law Firm, has many years of experience handling wrongful death claims.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

The statute of limitations refers to the deadline in which the injured party or their estate must file their claim in court. In Washington State, for a wrongful death case, the statute of limitations is three (3) years from the date of death per RCW 4.16.080. Simplified, this means, a lawsuit must be filed within three (3) years of the date your loved one died.

Types of Recoverable Damages

In a wrongful death case, your loved one’s family or estate may be eligible to recover compensation. Even though compensation may not make up for a family’s loss – and it certainly does not put a value on a life, it can help with some of the financial burdens of an untimely death. Available compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit may cover all the expenses and losses, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of moral support

A dedicated wrongful death attorney could explain the various type of damages and help a family determine how the compensation may be divided.

Let a Tacoma Wrongful Death Attorney Help You Seek Justice

When you lose someone you love in an untimely accident, you can reach out to a Tacoma wrongful death lawyer for assistance. Chong Ye, founder of The Ye Law Firm, is just that compassionate wrongful death attorney who can take the lead on your case, collect evidence, determine who is at fault, and help your family seek justice.

Often, families are left with mounting expenses due to an untimely death. Our legal team at The Ye Law Firm can help your family get the compensation you need to offset those expenses and ease your burden.  Call today to schedule a consultation with Chong Ye, a Tacoma wrongful death lawyer, and see how our team can help your case.