Protecting Your Rights When A Loved One Is Killed
If the negligent or willful act of another person kills a member of your family, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party. Of course, no financial compensation can adequately replace your loved one, but a financial settlement does redress immediate financial emergencies and long-term security.
At SmithMcNeill PC in Boston, attorney Colin Smith’s experience and litigation skills ensure that if a fair agreement cannot be reached through negotiation or arbitration, he is able to advocate aggressively in court on his clients’ behalf.
SmithMcNeill PC has the resources necessary to build strong wrongful death cases that allow the firm to negotiate from a position of strength. The firm works with highly regarded medical professionals, accident reconstruction specialists and other key witnesses who can testify on your behalf.
Maximizing Recoveries In Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death claims are brought through the estate of the deceased relative and may only be filed by the executor or administrator of the estate. A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed on behalf of a surviving spouse, children or parents. In the absence of those survivors, the decedent’s siblings or cousins may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death claim can name another individual as the defendant, such as a drunk driver who caused a fatal accident, or an entity or place of business, such as a hospital or the manufacturer of a toxic chemical. A person who files a personal injury lawsuit may seek compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Funeral costs
- Pain and suffering the decedent experienced before death
- Loss of the decedent’s wages and future earning capacity
- Loss of companionship
Because wrongful death claims are designed in part to deter the person or entity named as the defendant from repeating the offense, punitive damages may be sought in some cases.
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Immediate action is advised whenever possible, however, to allow for the collection of key evidence before it is destroyed.
Call 617-692-2917 or use the contact form on this website to schedule a free consultation. There are no upfront costs for clients, and you will only pay an attorney fee if the firm obtains a recovery for you, either through a settlement or a court judgment.
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