Boston Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer
When the unthinkable happens and a loved one dies because of a senseless 18-wheeler accident, survivors often fear for the future while they contend with unspeakable grief. While no amount of money can make up for the tragedy of a family member’s death, some victims count on the income that a spouse or parent provides.
There can be medical bills, funeral expenses, missed work, and even future expenses like college tuition that all need to be paid for. A wrongful death lawsuit can also bring a sense of closure and justice to the victim’s survivors. Taking legal action might even make them feel that they can help make the roads safer for everyone else.
At the heart of personal injury law is the tenet that no person should suffer at the hands of another person or entity, whether because of irresponsible behavior or intentional wrongdoing. If someone’s negligence caused the truck accident that took your family member’s life, you may be entitled to seek damages. In any case, wrongful death must be proven to get compensation, and it is wise to hire a Boston truck accident wrongful death lawyer from Joel H. Schwartz, PC.
Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death in Massachusetts?
In all cases, the executor of the victim’s estate must be the one to file the wrongful death claim. Any damages recovered will then be awarded to the estate and should be distributed to the family by the executor.
Beneficiaries can include immediate family, parents, and children of the deceased. In some cases, not only grandchildren, but also “next of kin” could be entitled to receive these proceeds. Additional information can be found here at the United States Department of Justice website.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
If your loved one was hurt or killed in a Boston truck accident, we want to offer our condolences to you and your family. Most people naturally want to avoid a protracted legal battle, particularly after the death of a family member when there is so much to attend to and process.
Fortunately, most wrongful death and personal injury cases can be settled out of court. We handle all of the communication and negotiation with the insurance companies and opposing attorneys so that you can spend time with your family during what has to be a difficult time.
What Can Be Recovered for Wrongful Death?
You can recover damages for any of the following that apply to your wrongful death case:
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral costs
- Doctor and medical bills
- Loss of care, companionship, and protection
- Loss of pension, medical coverage, and insurance
- Loss of the victim’s future earnings
- Punitive damages
Sometimes personal injury compensation can also be sought for the time after the accident if the victim survived for a time before succumbing to his or her truck accident injuries.
Help from a Boston Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer
The Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz, PC has over fifty years of experience fighting for our clients’ best interests and getting them the compensation they deserve in wrongful death and truck accident cases. You can call us for free at 1-800-660-2270 and arrange a time to meet for a no-obligation, free consultation. You can also complete the form on this page, and one of our team members will get in touch at your convenience.