In Washington, an action may be brought by a parent for the wrongful death of a child along either of two statutory avenues. The general wrongful death statute creates a right of action in the decedent's personal representative for the benefit of parents who may be dependent upon the deceased for support. Under the so-called "child-death" statute, an action may be maintained directly by a parent. No requirement of dependency obtains where the deceased was a minor.
Wrongful Death of a Minor Child: The Changing Parental Injury,
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