Quincy Wrongful Death Lawyer
The Quincy personal injury attorneys at Curran & Desharnais, P.C. handle serious personal injury cases including claims for wrongful death, medical negligence, pedestrian accidents, car crashes, truck accidents, construction site accidents and more. Our law office is based in Weymouth, but our personal injury and wrongful death law practice is statewide. We are available 24/7 to discuss your claim and our consultation is always free. Call us today at 781-277-3262 to discuss your claim.
If you have lost someone unexpectedly due to the negligent conduct or reckless actions of another individual or company, you have legal rights that must be protected.
Hiring a qualified wrongful death attorney is the first critical step to help you recover the compensation that you are entitled to.Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Massachusetts
Wrongful death claims are a specific type of legal claim that may be filed in Massachusetts and are governed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 229, Section 2. That statute requires that wrongful death claims be brought by “the executor or administrator of the deceased.” An “executor” or “administrator” is typically the person responsible for handling any affairs for the deceased person and following the instructions of the decedent’s will.
If the decedent died without a will, our law office can help to take the steps necessary to have a family member appointed as an executor or administrator so that a wrongful death claim can be brought forward.
Under the statute, only certain family members (i.e., beneficiaries) can recover damages. Those beneficiaries are limited to the surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased.Recovering Damages for a Wrongful Death in Massachusetts?
To recover damages for a wrongful death in Massachusetts, the plaintiff must first show that the defendant acted negligently, or recklessly, and that those actions caused the decedent’s death. Once those elements have been established, the question then turns to what damages the decedent and the decedent’s loved ones have suffered as a result. While each case is unique, potential monetary damages for wrongful death may include:
- Recovery for any past and future medical expenses
- Recovery for the loss of financial support of a decedent
- Compensation for funeral expenses or other costs.
- Compensation for the loss of companionship or affection of a loved one
- Compensation for the conscious pain and suffering of the decedent
- Recovery of punitive damages, if applicable
The Quincy wrongful death attorneys of Curran & Desharnais, P.C. will assess the facts of your case and provide an assessment and opinion of potential damages in your case.
After discussing your claim, we will take immediate steps to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death and we will move to preserve crucial evidence that may be needed to establish liability against the responsible parties. We will work hard to resolve your case out-of-court, if possible, but we will be prepared to aggressively litigate your case in court, if necessary.
We will consult with and hire the right experts needed to establish liability and damages, such as reconstruction experts, biomechanical engineers, product design experts, forensic experts, OSHA experts, construction site experts, economists, and other medical consultants.
Depending on the circumstances of each case, we will hire the right experts to design highly impactful demonstrative evidence which may include the use of digital “reenactments,” models, photographs and videos. As will all of our personal injury representations, you will not pay any fees until we recover compensation on your behalf.
To schedule a consultation with an experienced Quincy Wrongful Death Attorney at the Law Firm of Curran & Desharnais, P.C., call 781-277-3262 or contact us online.