Bellevue Deadly Car Accident Attorneys
Auto Accident Wrongful Death Claim
Losing a loved one in a car accident is a devastating experience. Whether your loved one was a driver or passenger in a car, was riding a motorcycle or bicycle, or was walking or jogging along a Bellevue street, an untimely car crash death leaves a hole in the life of your family.
While the law can't undo what's happened, it can protect those left behind by giving them the opportunity to hold any negligent parties accountable and to seek the compensation they need to move forward. If you're wondering how you can protect your family's needs, contacting an experienced Bellevue personal injury attorney can help you answer your questions. The skilled lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. can help.
What is a "Wrongful Death"?
A "wrongful death" occurs when the negligence of one party causes the death of another. Wrongful death in Washington is a civil law claim that the personal representative of a deceased person may bring to seek compensation on behalf of the surviving spouse, children, parents, or siblings who once relied on the deceased person's support.
A wrongful death claim may be filed in any situation in which, had the deceased person survived, he or she could have sought compensation for any injuries suffered. Those who bring a wrongful death case may seek compensation for many costs and losses associated with the death, including:
- medical bills, including emergency bills, surgery costs, and other expenses;
- funeral and burial costs;
- lost wages and other earnings;
- pain and suffering;
- loss of consortium, care, and guidance; and
- loss of household upkeep and services.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Case in Bellevue?
Washington law includes a rule known as the "statute of limitations." This law sets a three-year deadline on filing any wrongful death cases in the state, including those that result from car collisions. A case filed after the deadline has passed is nearly always thrown out of court without a hearing; however, the circumstances surrounding each case are different.
When the three-year time limit begins to run and when it expires depends on a number of factors, which are slightly different in every wrongful death case. To know when the statute of limitations expires in your own Bellevue wrongful death claim, you may want to speak to an experienced attorney about the specifics of your case.
Bellevue Deadly Car Accident Attorneys Who Fight For You
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we understand that few things are more difficult than the unexpected loss of a loved one. After a death, you should have the space you need to grieve with your family and prepare for the future - not to struggle with unexpected bills and a sudden loss of income.
That's why our experienced Bellevue car accident lawyers are dedicated to handling every aspect of your loved one's wrongful death claim. We'll take care of every step, from filing any applicable insurance claims to fighting on your behalf in court, so that you can take care of yourself and your loved ones. For a free and confidential consultation, contact us at (888) 228-3860 today.