When someone dies before his or her time, it is an emotional shock to those left behind. In many cases, dependents of someone killed in an accident of any kind may be reeling financially in the event of death. Although tort law traditionally did not allow a lawsuit to live if the claimant died, many wrongful death statutes have been enacted to allow families to seek compensation for their losses.
For answers to your wrongful death questions, contact an experienced lawyer at Wood & Gresham, P.C., in Wrentham for a free initial consultation.
What Are The Components Of A Wrongful Death Case?
Although the loss of a child is a painful and tragic event, unless the child is somehow supporting others financially, the family would not be able to file a claim. There are four components that must be present in a wrongful death claim.
- The death was a result of actions of the defendant
- The defendant was negligent or found to be strictly liable in the victims death
- There are surviving dependents of the deceased
- Monetary losses are associated
If one of these elements is missing, there may not be a case.
What Sort Of Damages Can Be Collected?
Damages for a wrongful death claim are accounted using actuary tables based on average life expectancy based on the person's health and other factors at the time of death. Some of the damages that can be collected include:
- Lost future earnings
- Loss of benefits and insurance
- Pain and suffering
- Medical and funeral expenses
- General and punitive damages
Is There A Statute Of Limitations On Filing A Claim?
There are strict deadlines that must be met when you decide to file a wrongful death claim.
How Do I Initiate A Wrongful Death Claim?
As soon as you feel capable, seek out a qualified wrongful death attorney to help you examine the merits of your case. At Wood & Gresham, P.C., we have helped grieving families defray some of the costs of their loss.
How Do I Pay My Attorney For His Or Her Assistance?
The wrongful death attorneys at Wood & Gresham, P.C., will evaluate your claim at no charge to you. We will represent your case on a contingency basis, meaning that you do not pay unless we collect damages on your wrongful death claim.
Although no one can bring your loved one back, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses and other damages. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal construction accident in or around Metro Boston, please contact a Massachusetts wrongful death lawyer at Wood & Gresham, P.C., to schedule an initial free consultation.
Contact Us For Answers To Your Wrongful Death Questions
Call 508-384-2008 to contact Wood & Gresham, P.C., to discuss your legal options if you or your family member has been injured or killed due to someone's negligence. We offer free consultations and can travel to meet you at your home. Let us use our unique experience to get the compensation you deserve. Our reputation often leads to favorable settlements for our clients.