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Wrongful Death of an Adult Child

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There is a major flaw in Washington’s wrongful death statute. Parents of an adult child who is killed cannot recover for their loss unless they are dependent on the child for support. Legislation has been introduced to try to change this gaping hole in the law. It is refered to as SHB 1873 – Wrongful Death of an Adult Child.

The House Judiciary passed SBH 1873. It awaits passage from House Appropriations. A similar bill, SB 5816, did not pass out of committee.

This is an important and long-overdue change in the law. It’s important to contact your representatives and reinforce that the parent-child relationship does not end at 18.