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Wrongful Death

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.

Estate of Charleena Lyles v. City of Seattle

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

Ride the Ducks Cases

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 34 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

Aurora Bridge victims vs State of WA & City of Seattle

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

Cooper v. Ralph’s Concrete Pumping & Miles Sand & Gravel

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

Confidential v. National Grocery Company

(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

McLaughlin v. City of Ocean Shores

(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).

Patient v. Confidential

(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.

Girod v. Cedell

(December 2010) $1 million policy limits settlement for motor vehicle bicycle crash on SR 105 resulting in death of 31-year-old woman.

Granberg-Kiddle v. Kithome

(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.

Burton v. King County Fire District #40

(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.

Caffery v. Brunner, et al.

(July 2009) $1,025,000 policy limits settlement with a trucking company and others for the wrongful death of a 47 year old husband and father who was killed when a semi-truck and trailer driver disregarded the dangers of a “brown-out” dust storm and ran into the deceased on I-90 while he was helping others in a… Read More

Samples v. Rockeries, Inc.

(January 2009) $2,940,000 judgment and settlement for wrongful death case by husband of 46 year old woman hit by runaway dump truck trailer.  Case included recovery of interest, attorney fees, and bad faith damages.

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