There is concern on some levels that the wrongful death law in Washington is not as good as it can be. Some say it is not inclusive and feel the law needs to change to protect all families who suffer the wrongful death of a loved one, according to the Seattle Times. The biggest concern is the law does not allow for parents to sue for the death of an adult child without children or a spouse.
The law as it stands allows for wrongful death cases to be brought by spouses and children, and parents can only bring a case if they were financially dependent on their child. If parents do not live in the United States, they also cannot file a wrongful death lawsuit. Under the law, if you live in a foreign country, even if your child is supporting you financially, you have no right to a case. Furthermore, if you have an adult child who is disabled, you also have no rights to file a case.
Most other states have wrongful death laws that do not have such exclusions. If you are a parent of an adult child in this state, though, you might be shocked that you have no rights to hold someone accountable if their negligence causes your child's death.
Those fighting this law seek to provide equal protection for all parents. They are trying to get a bill passed to allow any parent of any adult child to file a wrongful death case if there are no children or a spouse to file the case. This information is for education and is not legal advice.