SENATE BILL 6670
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2002 Regular Session
By Senators Fairley and Kohl‑Welles
Read first time 01/25/2002. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
AN ACT Relating to beneficiaries in wrongful death actions; amending RCW 4.20.020; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature intends to respond to the case of Schumacher v. Williams (45365-3-1 August 6, 2001) and clarify that the right of a person to recover for the wrongful death of a family member is not contingent upon the showing that the survivor was financially dependent upon the decedent.
Sec. 2. RCW 4.20.020 and 1985 c 139 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
Every such action shall
be for the benefit of the wife, husband, child or children, including
stepchildren, of the person whose death shall have been so caused. If there be
no wife or husband or such child or children, such action may be maintained for
the benefit of the parents, sisters, or brothers((
, who may be
dependent upon)) of the deceased person (( for support, and))
who are resident within the United States at the time of his or her
In every such action the jury may give such damages as, under all circumstances of the case, may to them seem just.
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