How to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Seattle

March 1, 2013

Wrongful death claims result from negligence, accidents, hazardous conditions or even criminal behavior. This type of claim is filed against a person who has all or partial responsibility for the death of a third party.

Five Steps to Follow in Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

  1. Ensure that the basic requirements for a wrongful death claim are met. These include:
  • Proof of death in the form of a death certificate;
  • Evidence supporting that another party is partially or completely responsible for the death;
  • A person or group suffering emotional or financial despair because of the death; most often, family members file a wrongful death claim.
  1. Contact a Seattle Wrongful Death Attorney to develop your case. The Savage team will help show that your claim meets the requirements in order to present the proper paperwork to authorities.
  2. File your claim within the time limitations. In the state of Washington, most wrongful death claims fall under a three-year statute of limitations. Convincing a jury that you are suffering from the death is much easier if you file the claim as soon as possible following the death.
  3. Provide all necessary paperwork to your attorney.
  4. Your wrongful death attorney will have the responsible party served with the proper paperwork to notify him or her of the impending suit.

Choose the Right Seattle Wrongful Death Attorney

At the Savage Law Firm, our wrongful death attorneys understand the trauma you have faced. We want to listen attentively to your story, and guide you through the process of filing a claim. Contact our offices today for a free consultation.

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