A Seattle wrongful death attorney explains who can legally file a wrongful death lawsuit in Washington State after an accident and fatal injury.

Relatives Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Washington State


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12/4/2012
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It can be absolutely devastating to lose someone you love – whether it is a friend, a partner, or a member of your family. The consequences of the death of a loved one can also often be felt in a number of ways: you may lose a companion, a household income, financial stability, or even your mental wellbeing. But who is legally allowed to sue for wrongful death in Washington State, and for what reasons? 

Under Washington law, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit if:

  • You are the spouse of the person who died. 
  • You are a dependent child of the person who died. 
  • You are an adult child of the person who died. 
  • You are an adult dependent of the person who died (such as a parent who receives care and financial support from their adult child). 
  • The person who died is a depended child and you are their parent or legal guardian. 

It is important to note that you can also sue for wrongful death in Washington if you are the personal representative of your loved one’s estate. In 2004, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that you cannot sue for wrongful death if you are the parents of an adult child who supported you emotionally but not financially. 

Washington wrongful death lawyer

The single best way to be sure whether or not you may file a wrongful death lawsuit is to speak with a Seattle wrongful death attorney about the details of your case. Andrew Kim offers free, confidential consultations to anyone who might have questions about filing a wrongful death claim. Get answers today by calling 800-636-3676. 



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