A Seattle wrongful death attorney discusses who is responsible for funeral costs and burial costs after an accident or fatal illness in Washington State

Getting Compensation for Funeral Costs & Burial Costs in Washington State

Andrew Kim
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Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Wrongful Death and Catastrofic Injuries Attorney

Coming to terms with the sudden death of a loved one can be extremely difficult and planning a funeral and burial for your family member after an accident or illness can be stressful, emotionally painful, and overwhelming. In addition, funerals and burials are becoming more and more expensive, which puts an extra strain on loved ones who may have just lost a contributing member of their family. In fact, according to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost of a burial in 2009 was $6,560, not including the casket or grave site.

Who should pay for your loved one’s funeral and burial costs after an illness or accident caused by negligence? It may be that the person or entity responsible for the death of your family member should be responsible for all costs incurred by his or her death.

After the death of a loved one, you may be faced with the following issues and costs related to their funeral and burial:

  • Filing the death certificate and obtaining permits
  • Finding and buying a plot or tomb
  • Embalming, preparing, or cremating the body
  • Buying a casket or urn
  • Buying a tomb stone marker or gravestone
  • Organizing a funeral service, memorial service, or public visitation

While seniors or those with long-term health conditions have often left behind plots, funeral funds, and arrangements, those who have died due to an accident are not likely to have burial costs set aside. Although filing a wrongful death claim cannot bring back your loved one, it can help your family recover financial losses related to funeral costs and make certain that the party responsible for his or her death pays for the burial. If you have questions about a possible wrongful death claim in Washington State, call the Andrew Kim Law Firm today to speak with an experienced, compassionate, and knowledgeable Seattle wrongful death attorney: 800-636-3676.