Legal Help After A Tragic Loss
The loss of a loved one is a wrenching trial, even when it is expected. But when a family member dies because of the negligence of another person or entity, the shock and trauma make things even worse. In legal terms, this is known as ‘wrongful death,’ and family members (or the estate) can sue for damages.
Our attorneys work to restore the lives of families after an accidental death. We seek maximum financial compensation for the victims of negligence. Contact us to speak to an experienced wrongful death attorney.
At DeLuca & Associates, Ltd., we will handle your wrongful death action discreetly and professionally. It is our aim to help your family recover the financial compensation you need and deserve after suffering the trauma of an accidental death. We are experienced at representing victims of fatal car accidents, deadly falls and fatal construction site accidents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
What Is A Wrongful Death?
A “wrongful death” is any situation where a death occurred due to someone’s negligence, misconduct or other wrongful action (or inaction). Wrongful death claims allow the victim’s surviving loved ones to hold the responsible party or parties accountable. Car accidents, drunk driving wrecks, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, assaults and even medical malpractice can all lead to wrongful deaths. Attorney Bud DeLuca is a top-rated medical malpractice lawyer and has received numerous awards for his work in this area alone.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim?
If the deceased left behind an estate plan, their executor must bring the wrongful death claim to court. If they died without an estate plan, the court will appoint an administrator who can then bring the wrongful death claim. Rhode Island also allows immediate family members to file wrongful death actions.
How Do You Prove Negligence In A Wrongful Death Claim?
It always depends on the exact circumstances of the case. In general, your attorney will look at accident reports, medical records, witness statements, photographic evidence and expert witnesses.
How Long Do You Have To File A Wrongful Death Claim?
Rhode Island and Massachusetts laws both impose a three-year statute of limitations. That means you have three years from the victim’s date of death to file a lawsuit. The earlier you get started with a dedicated wrongful death lawyer, the better.
Do You Really Need An Attorney For A Wrongful Death Claim?
The compensation for a wrongful death claim is exceedingly difficult to calculate. It takes an experienced advocate to understand the true value of your claim. Possible damages include the lost value of the deceased’s financial or service contributions to the household, the lost value of additional benefits they provided, such as health insurance, and the lost value of their companionship and guidance. The pain and suffering of the survivors also have to be considered.
Insurance companies are not eager to pay out large claims, so you can expect resistance at every turn. That’s why our attorneys do everything in their power to make sure our clients are protected from the stress of the wrongful death claims process.
Incidents That Can Trigger Wrongful Death Claims
Our attorneys are experienced at handling fatal auto accidents and brain death as well as any case involving accidental death caused by negligence. You may be able to recover for the loss of consortium, lost income and the loss of relationships between your family members and your loved one. Beginning with your initial consultation, we will provide the information and advocacy you need to successfully proceed in a wrongful death action.
Get In Touch Today
Contact DeLuca & Associates, Ltd., for an immediate evaluation of your personal injury or wrongful death case. Our lawyers provide sophisticated and effective legal services to clients from Providence to Boston. Call 401-354-7233 today.
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