In Washington and many other U.S. states, a “wrongful death” suit is a case in which the family or dependents seek compensation when a loved one is killed in an accident caused by another person’s or company’s negligence.
In 2011, Washington’s state legislature revised the laws governing wrongful death cases, but made no major changes. A wrongful death case in Washington must, in most cases, be filed by the personal representative, or the person in charge of handling the deceased person’s estate. The personal representative acts on behalf of the deceased person’s spouse, domestic partner, children, or other dependents. Read the rest »