Does a child have the right to compensation after a parent wrongful death?

When Carl Blaschka married Audrey Blessing back in 1964, he already had three children by a previous marriage. Carl died 30 years later, in 1994. Some thirteen years after that, in 2007, Audrey was killed in an auto accident with a truck driver.

So can Carl’s children by his first marriage sue the truck driver for the harm to Audrey? Yes, according to the highest court in the state of Washington.

Under Washington law, stepchildren can sue for the death of a stepparent. And even though the children’s own father had died many years before, they still counted as “stepchildren” the court said.

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