Can you receive money for funeral expenses and burial costs through your Washington wrongful death claim? A Seattle attorney answers.

Can I get compensation for funeral costs included in my wrongful death claim?

 

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Yes, you may seek compensation for burial expenses and funeral costs after the wrongful death of a loved one in Washington State.

As part of your Washington wrongful death claim, you may ask to be compensated for both economic damages and non-economic damages. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, loss of care, and loss of society. Economic damages consist of both the financial value and contributions your loved one made to the family as well as costs related to the accident. These may include loss of future earning, loss of benefits, loss of inheritance, medical expenses, and funeral expenses.

Funerals are costly events, with modern-day funeral costs averaging over $6,000. Especially if your loved one died suddenly in an accident before his or her time, money for a funeral may not have been set aside before his or her death. Furthermore, it should be the responsibility of the at-fault parties to cover the costs incurred by their mistake or negligence. Just as with medical bills and other non-economic damages, the financial hardships caused by burial costs and funeral costs would have never existed if the accident had never taken place.

If your family member died due to the negligence of another person or entity, you may deserve compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. To learn more about your potential case, or to simply get your questions answered, contact the Andrew Kim Law Firm today to schedule a free, private consultation with a Washington wrongful death attorney. Call 800-636-3676 today to speak with an experienced lawyer.