Boston Wrongful Death Lawyer
Wrongful Death Cases
A wrongful death can impact so many lives in so many ways – a surviving spouse, siblings, parents, children, heirs of the deceased – especially if someone close to you died due to the negligence or misconduct of another. Amid the sadness, there are steps that can be taken to compensate the surviving family for damages endured in connection with the death. During this most difficult of times, an experienced Boston wrongful death lawyer can really help.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
A surviving spouse can benefit from a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim can also be filed on behalf of any surviving minor children or underage heirs. But you should know that the Massachusetts laws regarding wrongful deaths are complex and a wrongful death claim must be brought by an administrator or executor through the estate of the deceased person. That’s why you should have an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Boston on your side.
What kinds of damages are typically involved in a wrongful death lawsuit?
- Loss of future net income
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of support
- Possible punitive damages
Is there a statute of limitations on wrongful death claims?
Yes, there is. Wrongful death statutes of limitations vary by state and range from 1 to 6 years. Since it can take a considerable amount of time to put a wrongful death case together, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Boston wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. If the necessary papers are filed outside the applicable statute of limitations, a court may permanently deny you the right to sue.
What should you do and not do if you are the surviving spouse or child?
You should not make any major decisions without first consulting a Boston wrongful death attorney. You should also not agree to any settlement, sign a release or accept any money in exchange for releasing an individual, corporation or insurance company from liability without first knowing what insurance coverage or other recourse might be available to you and your family.
We’ve been helping the families of wrongful death victims for nearly five decades. For a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced Boston personal injury attorneys, call 1-800-660-2270 today. We’re here to help. No pressure. Just answers.
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