Seattle, WA personal injury attorney James Buckley talks about a big change in Seattle law regarding wrongful death cases.
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We just changed the laws in the state of Washington in the last week or two, where it used to be that if you were an adult and you didn’t have a spouse or a minor child, that you could only make a claim for your economic loss, and for the average working person that would have been a very small claim, maybe like a couple of hundred thousand dollars. Well we passed a law. I was legislative, what it took and made it more consistent with what’s the law in the whole United States across the country where even the parents and siblings can make a claim for wrongful death and pain and suffering that the person went through, if the person don’t have a spouse or children.
And so that was a big deal for us trial lawyers, because we spent years on trying to get them to change that law. If you was in California or in Oregon, you would have had a claim, but just because you was in Washington, your claim was just economic loss only.