Aggressive Representation For A Washington Wrongful Death Case
Losing a loved one in a truck accident can be one of the most difficult experiences to endure, especially if the accident was caused by the negligence of truck driver and/or company. You may wish to file a lawsuit to bring the liable party to justice, but find yourself mentally and emotionally unprepared for such an undertaking. Even worse, the trucking company may take advantage of your mourning period and do their best to discredit your wrongful death claim when you are at your most vulnerable. However, the compassionate Seattle fatal accident attorneys at Pendergast Law can stand in your place and protect your rights and your case so you can focus on healing.
How Can I Prove My Seattle Truck Accident Wrongful Death Claim?
Trucking companies will very rarely agree to pay victims a full and fair settlement. They may even deny liability altogether, all for the sake of profit. They have the means to employ professionals who specialize in claims denial, and these specialists often use ruthless and/or underhanded tactics to get claimants to make mistakes and jeopardize their claims. It is easy to feel discouraged in the face of these obstacles. However, an experienced attorney can help you avoid the common pitfalls of the claims process and establish evidence that strengthens your case. Such evidence may include:
- Witness statements
- Medical records
- Expert testimony
- Police and accident reports
- Camera footage
To further establish liability, an attorney may investigate:
- The trucking company’s driving logs and records
- The involved vehicle’s driving history
- Maintenance records
- Potential violations of federal and state regulations regarding trucking
- Past violations
- Potential vehicle defects
What Damages Can I Recover In Washington?
In Washington, loved ones who wish to file a wrongful death claim must do so within three years of the date of death, according to the state’s Statute of Limitations. Three different types of damages may be recovered in a Washington wrongful death suit:
- Economic damages: These include medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, lost benefits and loss of inheritance. If the claimant is a spouse who fulfilled a domestic role, he or she may also recover the costs of child care services.
- Noneconomic damages: These include intangible damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship and love, loss of care and protection, loss of consortium and loss of society.