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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: This involves a wrongful death involving a pedestrian and a commercial vehicle whose driver has a suspended license

First, thank you and please excuse me for the length, but I will try to keep it as brief as possible.

My son was killed as a pedestrian by a semi-truck whose driver was driving on a suspended license.This was in Tacoma, WA. I have an attorney (if that's what you'd call him) who is... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Aug 10, 2020

If you already have a lawyer, no on one here can ethically offer much advice, and certainly wouldn't do anything to interrupt the attorney / client relationship. That doesn't mean you can't call another lawyer and ask for a second opinion of course, that is very common.

If...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: Is a commercial driver who kills a pedestrian while driving on a suspended license usually issued a citation?

My son was struck and killed by a commercial truck whose driver's license was suspended in "the 3rd degree". My son was a pedestrian, and granted he was no in a crosswalk. But shouldn't the driver of the truck at least have been issued a citation for driving on a suspended... Read more »

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jul 31, 2020

I am so sorry about your son. I just became a dad and can't imagine how difficult it would be to lose a child.

What the police or prosecutors decide to do to the driver of the truck criminally has minimal, if any, impact on your potential wrongful death claim. I've seen dozens of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: can i sue for a wrongful death suit for the death of fiance'? we intended on marrying and we share a child.

my fiance' got ill. his mother allowed him to be transferred to a hospital he told me never to take him to. I disclosed that info to her and was ignored. me and him had previously written up a form placing one another as durable power of attorney's. I could not obtain a copy until the 3rd... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 4, 2018

The child has a claim. Contact a member of the State of Washington Trial lawyers Association. They give free consults.

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Q: can i sue the pill companies for my moms death they had her on oxycodone and percocets also xanax and ambien

my mom overdosed and died on prescription pain killers can i sue for the loss of her life and what its done to me

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 30, 2018

Possibly. Contact a member of the State Of Washington Trial Lawyers Assn that handles pharmaceutical products.

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Q: My brother was arrested last night. The police took him to the hospital and then to jail. He died alone in his cell.
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 2, 2018

You probably want to know what to do. Ask for an autopsy from the medical examiner. Beyond that the question is what would lead someone to suspect wrongdoing? My suggestion is you contact the Washington Civil Liberties Union,

https://www.aclu-wa.org/ , ask for their police litigation...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: took my dog to vet afterrelatively minor dog attack.They never warned risk of shock and died 2.5 days later. Can I sue?

Took him to the vet after the attack and they cleaned him up. Next day he was trembling(likely pain) and they stabilized him. I was going to take him first thing in the morning, but he was breathing rapidly at 3 in the morning until his breathing eventually died in my arms. Had I known to watch for... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 20, 2018

Unlikely, because at best most states give you only the value of the dog in commercial terms.

However I wold suggest you contact a member of the State Of Washington Assn for Justice who handles animal issues--they give free consultations.

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Q: My step brother was killed by a drunk driver. He has a dad and 2 sisters living. Who can file the lawsuit
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 17, 2018

His estate files. Father would be primary for being administrator but he can renounce in favor of the sisters.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: My sister is dead I believe that she was given poor care that resulted in that death. Her son was giving care for her.

He withheld stool softner from her so that he would not have to change her diapers, which he was paid quite well for. It resulted in a bloakage so bad that it killed her. He admited it tro ewo family members and m y sister touched on it to me can he be held liable?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 8, 2017

Possibly but no one will take the case because on the DA's side he lacked criminal intent and on the civil, he doesn't carry malpractice insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Elder Law and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: If a person is on aricept and they get into a car accident - what are the concerns with lawsuits?

Not sure if there is a dementia diagnosis or not - insurance will cover but can the other party sue the driver/family and take everything? What is the history of lawsuits in this regard? Reviewing NC DMV website - MD has not reported to DMV any concerns about this person.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 4, 2017

The driver and his doctor may have exposure if the person is a danger. If they are, the family have a moral duty to reign them in.

As far as assets, it depends on the state, if there's a spouse, etc. Can the person be sued?Any person can. Best protection is get a large policy. the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: A 16 year old gets into an accident DUI. One of her passengers dies. What is she charged with, and what is the penalty?

The driver has an intermediate license issued by the state of Washington. She is legally able to drive with the amount of passengers she had in the car and at the time she was driving. However, the driver was under the influence of cocaine. The passenger that died due to the motor vehicle accident... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 8, 2017

She could be charged with a number of offenses; if you want detail for a book talk to someone with lots of experience in the DA's office. Could be tried as an adult given aggravated nature of circumstances.

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Q: If a wrongful death happened in Washington do I have to find an attorney there or can find one in the state I live?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Jul 21, 2015

If a case is filed, it will have to filed in Washington. So you can work with a WA lawyer directly, or a local lawyer who may have to co-counsel with a Washington lawyer.

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