FAQs regarding the Tacoma, Washington Amtrak Train Derailment Accident For passengers, their families, and those who were injured in the Seattle/Tacoma Amtrak Derailment, we have received numerous questions. For your reference, please see our answers below. We will update and add to these FAQs as we get more inquiries. 1. Amtrak has contacted me, should I… Read More
Coping with the loss of a loved one is an experience is sometimes an impossible task. When your family member's death resulted from another party's negligence or wrongdoing, the grief only intensifies. In many instances, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Nothing can make up for the void of a human life lost. But financial compensation allows the family to bring closure if the amount approximates what the family believes it is entitled to.
How Wrongful Deaths Occur
Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another party. Those who were dependent on, or a beneficiary of, may be entitled to monetary damages. While states across America have passed wrongful death statutes in order to compel manufacturing companies, hospitals, and doctors to act carefully in their professional responsibilities, wrongful deaths do occur in situations such as:
- Automobile Accidents and Bicycle Accidents — Automobile companies may be held responsible for defective products in their automobile, while trucking companies may be held accountable for truck accidents if their employee breaks trucking regulations.
- Product Liability — A wrongful death may result because of a manufacturer's or dealer's negligence. Our attorneys have successfully tried cases against multinational companies, including Toyota, Hyundai, GM, etc.
- Highway Safety and Government Liability — The way a road is maintained or designed is often the responsibility of a government entity. Our Highway Safety attorneys are some of the most respected in the country. Few lawyers have the track record and experience of fighting a city or state as ours do.
- Workplace Injury — A common cause of work-related deaths include accidents at a work site or a construction site. Every year contractors, roofers and construction workers fall victim to workplace accidents that lead to their death. The life of a worker may get tragically cut short because of a forklift accident, unexpected explosion of faulty equipment, falling objects, unsafe scaffolding and other equipment, etc. Other common occupations that have a high rate of work-related deaths include miners, fishermen, loggers, metal workers, electrical power installers, and truck drivers. Farming equipment also claims many lives every year in the United States.
Our firm has filed two lawsuits on behalf of the families of two young adults, Cale Tyler and Alexandria Lewis, who were killed at a deceptively dangerous railroad crossing in the Old Town section of Tacoma, which cuts through the only pedestrian path to the popular waterfront. In each case, a slow freight train passed… Read More
NOTE: This case has not reached any result as it is still in the earliest stages. However, given the national and local interest in the case, we have provided the initial case profile below. Please check back frequently, as we will continue to provide updates by way of this webpage. News articles regarding the autopsy report… Read More
Ken Otto had just turned 50 years old a few weeks before he was killed on the job on a Boeing plane. Bostin Otto, Ken’s son, was 16 years old when he lost his dad. Because of issues discovered with the complex NextGen AmSafe airbag seat belt system on some Boeing planes, Ken was assigned… Read More
The firm of Stritmatter Kessler represents the largest number of victims from the September 2015 Ride the Ducks crash. At last count*, our attorneys represent 41 Ride the Ducks victims*. RIDE THE DUCKS CRASH LAWSUIT Attorneys in the lawsuit against Ride The Ducks Seattle meet for the first time in court following the deadly crash… Read More
Our firm represented Charles Moreno, Jr. and Judith Laubach who sustained serious injuries as the result of a Metro bus crashing into oncoming traffic on the Aurora Bridge. A Metro bus driver was shot, and the bus traveled across the Aurora Bridge and through the railing — plunging to the ground. In 2002, we deposed SDOT employees…. Read More
Young Teresa Cooper lost the love of her life, when her 30 year old husband, Allan, lost his life on the job. They were high school sweethearts. Allan Cooper was a skilled 30-year-old carpenter who was highly valued by his employer, Sierra Construction Co. of Woodinville, Washington. Mr. Cooper had been married to his wife Teresa since… Read More
(August 2011) a confidential wrongful death settlement of a 45-year-old man leaving a wife and two children, one of whom was a minor. Plaintiff was struck by a yard truck at night at a distribution yard that had poor lighting and no designated path for pedestrians to cross from the parking area to the office. … Read More
(December 2008). A $1,500,000 settlement for the family of an Ocean Shores Fire Department Captain who died as a result of injuries from drowning during a Surf Rescue Team training on personal watercraft (PWC).
(July 2008) $1,000,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a 67 year old leaving a wife and two adult sons when he was hit in a dangerous pedestrian crossing.
(June 2011) Confidential settlement for death of infant with compromised heart condition from administration of 10 times the ordered dosage of medication.
(June 2011) $1,250,000 settlement for wrongful death of 63 year old killed in a Western Washington nursing home as a result of negligent treatment.
(December 2010) $1 million policy limits settlement for motor vehicle bicycle crash on SR 105 resulting in death of 31-year-old woman.
(October 2010) $1,000,000 settlement for the drowning death of a 3-year old child being attended by a babysitter. Significant claims of comparative negligence involved.
(October 2010) $700,000 settlement and additional benefits over $344,000 in Labor and Industries benefits for a firefighter injured when an unrestrained hose burst during a drill, striking Plaintiff in the legs. Total recovery was $1,044,000.