Washington Wrongful Death Statutes


Washington has various wrongful death statutes that allow family members to recover compensation when a loved one dies as a result of someone else's negligence, wrongdoing or liability. Seattle wrongful death attorneys can help you apply the appropriate statute in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Chapter 4.20 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) contains most of these wrongful death actions for an adult’s death, describes the actions for wrongful death that an estate can take and a similar action after death called survival of actions. Survival of actions allows for recovery of injury damages that the deceased person may have pursued had he or she lived. There is also another Washington statute that grants the right of action for a child's death.

The statute divides potential beneficiaries in a wrongful death action into two categories. The first category takes priority in filing action and may consist of the following:

  • A spouse
  • State-registered domestic partner
  • Child/children
  • Stepchildren

When there are no persons in the above category, a Seattle wrongful death lawyer can help parents, brothers, and sisters sue for wrongful death, if they were dependent upon the deceased for support and were U.S. residents when the person died. When neither of these two categories exists, the estate may bring a legal action for wrongful death.

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