Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Lawyer– Serving Clients Throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine

The loss of a loved one is always hard. Knowing that a loved one has died because of the negligent or reckless acts of another person or company only makes matters worse. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.

You don’t have to simply sit back and endure this suffering alone. In fact, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for your loss. The General Laws of Massachusetts provide that:

  • The estate of the decedent can recover for the pain and suffering endured by the decedent prior to death, as well as other damages incurred, and
  • Those affected by the wrongful death (spouses, other family members, and, in some cases, parents and dependents) can recover for their loss.

Claims of an Estate

If a loved one dies as the result of a car accident, for example, the estate of that person would normally be entitled to recover for damages including vehicle loss, medical costs to treat the person, reasonable funeral and burial costs, and other costs and damages incurred, and, is some egregious cases, possibility punitive damages.  If the person did not die immediately, a jury would be entitled to determine compensation for the pain and suffering endured prior to death.

Claims of Family Members – Who May Recover?

While laws differ among states, generally only a spouse, child, parent or sibling may recover damages for a wrongful death.  However, even among these categories there are other qualifications regarding who may be entitled to compensation, and what type of compensation may be available.  As a result, it’s critical to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as practicable.

Types of Compensation Available

Compensation to eligible family members may include:

  • Lost income and wages
  • Loss of consortium (the love and affection one would expect from a spouse, parent, sibling or child)
  • Other damages that otherwise would not have been incurred

Because of the emotional nature of wrongful death claims, you should not accept any settlement agreement, release any company or individual from any liability, or sign any form or legal agreement without first consulting an attorney, as this can waive your right to sue under the law.

Don’t Go It Alone – I’m Here to Help You and Your Family During this Difficult Time

I have years of experience handling civil claims throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including wrongful death. If you are currently grieving the loss of a loved one, call me at (978) 851-5145 or complete the contact form below today for your free consultation.

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