For assistance from a wrongful death attorney, contact a skilled lawyer at the Seattle office of the Menzer Law Firm today.
Menzer Law Firm, PLLC
705 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 903-1818
Fax: (206) 903-1821
When You Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer in the Seattle Area
A compassionate wrongful death attorney at our Seattle office can provide the sensitive representation you need at this difficult time. When a family member is the victim of a wrongful death, the lawyers at our Seattle-based firm have the prior experience, knowledge, legal counsel, and expertise that are needed to bring about a just and fair resolution. At the Menzer Law Firm, Matthew Menzer understands the anguish experienced by the family of someone who has died in such an untimely manner.
- What Constitutes a Wrongful Death and What are the Damages?
- How Do I Know If I Have a Wrongful Death Claim?
- How Do I Know Whether I Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?
- How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim Regarding a Wrongful Death?
- How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Wrongful Death Claim?
What Constitutes a Wrongful Death and What are the Damages?
As a legal term, "wrongful death" refers to the death of a person that was caused by another individual or an entity, whether the other's act was intentional, reckless, or negligent. The acts that may constitute the cause of a wrongful death are quite varied. Examples are homicide; a defective drug or product; someone's reckless driving or other types of vehicle accidents; the failure of a physician, nurse, or hospital to properly diagnose or treat a medical condition or problem (this may also be an instance of medical malpractice); the failure of a building to conform to code, resulting in an accident, a fall, a fire or the building's collapse. If you have any doubts about whether the death of your loved one was wrongful, schedule a no-fee consultation with a wrongful death lawyer at our Seattle office to get answers to your questions.
When a wrongful death lawsuit is settled out of court, or when a judge or jury finds in favor of the plaintiff (the person who filed the lawsuit, often a member of the deceased's family), the settlement or judgment is intended to compensate the surviving family members for the losses that result from having to live without the deceased person. This compensation is meant to cover the earnings that the deceased person would have provided to his family over the course of his or her lifetime, and the emotional comfort and support the deceased person would have provided to his or her loved ones.
How Do I Know If I Have a Wrongful Death Claim?
To have a wrongful death case, you must be able to show that someone else (the defendant) is at fault for the death. An attorney at our Seattle office can evaluate and explain this crucial factor in greater detail for you. There may or may not be a criminal case regarding the same death; moreover, the outcome of the criminal case does not necessarily affect the outcome of the civil wrongful death case. Our attorneys are very familiar with the parameters of wrongful death law, and they can assess the circumstances surrounding the death of an individual and determine whether a viable wrongful death case can be made.
How Do I Know Whether I Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?
If a loved one has died and you suspect that the death was the fault of another person or a company, contact a wrongful death attorney at the Seattle office of the Menzer Law Firm before you make any public statements or statements to an insurance company, or sign any papers regarding the death. It is of particular importance that you speak with a lawyer before you accept an insurance company's offer. In a confidential and no-fee consultation, our wrongful death lawyer will discuss your case and advise you of your rights and options. It's far better to have the counsel of an experienced law firm at such a difficult and emotional time than to try to deal with everything on your own.
How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim Regarding a Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within the time frame set forth by the appropriate statute of limitations. If this statutory deadline is missed, the wrongful death case will not be considered by a court. The statutes of limitations for wrongful death cases in Washington generally range from one to three years from the day of the death, depending upon the circumstances. A wrongful death lawyer at the Seattle-based Menzer Law Firm will be able to advise you regarding the specific timeline for your case.
How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Wrongful Death Claim?
The time it takes to settle a wrongful death case depends on the circumstances surrounding the case and whether the defendant or his or her insurance company is willing to settle. The more complex the case, the longer it may take to settle. Wrongful death cases take anywhere from 3 to 20 months to settle or to bring to trial, depending on many factors. Significantly more time is usually required to take a case to trial in court, due to the volume of cases in the court system.
Contact the Menzer Law Firm to Speak with a Wrongful Death Attorney in Seattle
A nearly overwhelming sense of loss may be experienced by the family of someone who has died a wrongful death. The attorneys at our Seattle firm understand this loss and anguish, and we are available to answer your questions at any time. Contact a wrongful death lawyer for a consultation at the Seattle offices of the Menzer Law Firm to get the information you need in a private, no-fee setting.