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Washington Wrongful Death Attorneys

Wrongful Death

The personal injury attorneys at Brett Murphy represent families across Washington State who seek prompt and full compensation for the wrongful death of family members. Our wrongful death lawyers represent those who have lost loved ones, and our team fights passionately to hold those who caused harm accountable for their actions. Although we remain sensitive to our clients' emotional needs during this difficult time, our priority is taking care of their future financial requirements. Brett Murphy attorneys work to reduce financial stress for surviving relatives of those who have died due to the negligence of others.

We practice throughout Washington State and can meet with clients in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Tacoma, Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham and Mount Vernon.

When an individual dies as the result of the negligence of another, certain survivors may make a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Close relatives may recover monetary damages for the loss of financial support, as well as for medical, funeral and burial expenses, lost earnings, and in some cases for pain and suffering and loss of the love and affection caused by wrongful death. 

The personal injury attorneys at Brett Murphy have been helping families who have lost loved ones win substantial settlements and awards throughout Washington State for more than 40 years. To review the experience of Brett Murphy personal injury lawyers in wrongful death cases, please see: 

WHAT IS A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM?

In legal terms, a wrongful death refers to a fatality that occurs because of the negligence or misconduct of another person, corporation or entity. A wrongful death is a type of personal injury. Wrongful death cases arise from a variety of circumstances including car accidents, defective products, job-related accidents, and construction site accidents. Whatever the cause of a wrongful death, the impact on the survivors is devastating.

A wrongful death claim is generally initiated by or on behalf of the spouse, children or family of the decedent or made by the deceased's estate. Negligence must be established, and Brett Murphy personal injury lawyers are skilled at helping wrongful death clients prove the four critical components of negligence:

  1. The defendant had a duty to the deceased,

  2. The defendant breached that duty, 

  3. The fatality was caused by the defendant's breach of duty, and; 

  4. The survivors have suffered damages as a result of the loss. 

In addition to establishing negligence, Brett Murphy personal injury lawyers establish the future life expectancy of the deceased to establish the loss of future earnings. Effective presentation of the non-economic or emotional loss is critical to a fair damage award. 

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU 

Do not wait until it is too late to seek legal advice. Brett Murphy have represented many families who have suffered the devastating loss caused by a wrongful death. (Please see our case results.) If you have lost a loved one due to another's misconduct or carelessness, contact us today. While your grief may be overwhelming and you may not be thinking in terms of economics, our injury attorneys can help to fight for your loved one's rights and prepare you for a life beyond your current grief. We can also protect your rights with insurance companies whose first consideration is to decrease their liability in wrongful death claims. We offer a free initial evaluation of your claim. Our lawyers will negotiate a prompt, full and just settlement or fight aggressively to ensure that survivors receive full maximum compensation in accordance with the law.

At Brett Murphy, our wrongful death attorneys give proactive attention to the needs of each family. We help by coordinating medical payments, organizing documentation and supporting each family through the sometimes difficult claims process. Since insurance companies know that our firm is determined to litigate cases when a settlement offer is inadequate, we are usually able to resolve wrongful death claims through negotiation. Call the personal injury attorneys at Brett Murphy today at 360-714-0900, 800-925-1875, or contact us via our online form.

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