Wrongful Death

Are you looking for a Wrongful Death Attorney?

The death of a loved one, no matter when and how it happens, is one of life’s most shattering blows. When someone’s negligence or irresponsible behavior causes the death, your loss is even more difficult to accept.

Simply defined, wrongful death is one that is caused by the fault of another. Medical malpractice, car accidents, products liability, premises liability and workplace accidents are only a few examples that may fall into the wrongful death category. A few instances to clarify wrongful death are:

  • A doctor fails to correctly diagnose a disease and the patient subsequently dies.
  • A nurse administers the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage, killing the patient.
  • A drunk driver causes an accident, which results in someone’s death.
  • A child dies because a manufacturer fails to recall a defective toy.
  • A building or a bridge is constructed, failing to adhere to building codes. The structure collapses, killing a person(s).
  • An employee is killed because an employer does not provide adequate measures for safe operation of equipment.

In the event of wrongful death, the individual or company held liable might face a criminal and a civil lawsuit. Criminal prosecution may be brought for manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide or murder. Unlike a criminal suit, which is filed by government, when wrongful death occurs, generally surviving family members have the right to undertake civil action to pursue damages for their loss. However, in Washington the wrongful death statutes of which there are several, include a number of unusual complications. In particular, pursuant to RCW 4.20.010, the right and power to bring a lawsuit is reserved exclusively to the personal representative (the administrator or executor) of) the estate of the accused, which means the person who suffers from the wrongful death may not be the one who has the power to bring suit.

With substantial experience in wrongful death cases, the attorneys at the Tacoma law firm of Manza & Moceri can help you understand the applicable law, who can file suit and for what damages, when someone you loved has died unnecessarily.

Washington wrongful death statutes provide for the recovery of tangible and intangible damages. In general terms, a decedent’s beneficiary may sue for medical and funeral expenses, loss of future earnings and damages for pain and suffering. The time limits for taking legal action in a wrongful death lawsuit are also critical. Therefore, it is essential to consult a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible.

Dedicated to providing excellence in legal services, at Manza & Moceri, our lawyers will fight for your rights, and do so with honesty, integrity and compassion. When you seek our help, we thoroughly investigate all possible sources to collect damages above and beyond available insurance coverage, and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation to which you are entitled under the law.

If you have reason to believe the negligent or reckless behavior of another caused the death of a loved one, contact us at 253-473-2771 or 877-473-2771 to arrange an appointment to discuss your legal options.

Manza & Moceri, PS
2928 S. Union Ave., Tacoma, WA 98409
(Conveniently located off of Interstate 5 and Highway 16)