Wrongful Death Lawyer Southeast WA

Wrongful Death Lawyer Southeast WA

Wrongful Death Lawyer Southeast WA- upset man sitting with hands to faceSuffering the loss of a family member due to negligence or an intentional act on another person’s part can be a devastating experience that may lead you to seek the services of a wrongful death lawyer Southeast WA residents rely on. You have the right to pursue legal action against such acts and receive compensation of damages, including funeral costs, loss of wages, loss of household services, loss of companionship, along with other emotional pain and suffering. No matter if the wrongful death involves a vehicular accident, product liability, medical malpractice, or a slip-and-fall, Telare Law is here to help. 

What is the difference between wrongful death and murder?

A wrongful death can occur when an individual commits a negligent act that leads to a death or when that individual commits an intentional act that leads to death. Murder, therefore, is a type of wrongful death, but it is entails a criminal charge; while wrongful deaths can involve criminal charges, they are often civil lawsuits. Sometimes, a wrongful death includes both types of charges.

What is the difference between criminal and civil charges?

Criminal charges are filed by the state. In Washington, civil lawsuits are typically required to be filed by a personal representative or “executor” of the deceased’s estate. However, there are exceptions to this rule that allow a parent or legal guardian to file a civil wrongful death claim. Unlike criminal charges, civil charges do not include jail time. Another differing factor is the burden of proof: Criminal cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt while civil cases require a preponderance of the evidence. 

How do I file a wrongful death claim? 

You must file the claim within 3 years of your relative’s death. During that time, it is advisable to seek legal guidance from a wrongful death lawyer Southeast WA. Such a lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death, communicate with insurance companies, send letters on your behalf, prepare pleadings, and direct you through the court-case or settlement process. There are varying ways to secure a conviction depending on the situation, such as proving that the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased or if the defendant owed a social duty to obey laws. Having a lawyer walk you through the process can help ensure you collect the relevant information for your case.  

Driving and wrongful deaths

Unfortunately, drunk driving and distracted driving are common causes of wrongful deaths. When drunk driving leads to a fatality, the driver can be criminally charged with manslaughter, negligent homicide, or murder. Whether negligence or recklessness was the cause, the civil charge of wrongful death can be pursued. Likewise, if a distracted (e.g., texting) driver causes a fatal accident, that person may be found liable.  

Contact us today

At Telare Law, we provide experienced legal counsel for victims of wrongful deaths. We prioritize professionalism but recognize the emotional magnitude wrongful deaths bring to families. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one and are looking for a wrongful death lawyer in Southeast WA, we are prepared to support you in every way we can.