Weymouth Wrongful Death Lawyer
The Weymouth personal injury attorneys at Curran & Desharnais, P.C. handle serious personal injury cases including claims for wrongful death, medical malpractice, hospital negligence, car accidents, truck accidents, construction site accidents and more. 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 a loved one due to the negligent or careless actions of another individual or company, you may have an actionable claim for wrongful death against the responsible parties.
Hiring a qualified personal injury attorney is critical to helping you recover the compensation that you are entitled to.Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 229, Section 2 requires that wrongful death claims be brought by “the executor or administrator of the deceased.” The administrator or executor is typically the person responsible for handling any affairs for the deceased person and following the instructions of their 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.
A wrongful death claim may arise out of any number of circumstances but is most often the result of a car accident, a construction site accident, workplace accident, or a serious medical mistake.How Much Is a Wrongful Death Case Worth in Massachusetts?
One of the first questions that we are often asked is how much a typical wrongful death case is worth in terms of settlement value. While every case is different, potential monetary damages for wrongful death may include:
- Recovery for any past and future medical expenses
- Recovery for the loss of future earnings of the decedent
- Recovery of funeral expenses or costs
- Compensation for the loss of companionship or affection of a loved one
- Compensation for the conscious pain and suffering of the decedent
- Punitive damages (this type of damage ward is meant to “punish” and is usually reserved for those cases where the decedent’s death was caused by particularly malicious, willful or reckless conduct)
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 229, Section 2 states that damages in a wrongful death lawsuit shall be for the benefit of the persons entitled to receive them pursuant to M.G.L. c. 229, §1 which include the spouse and children of a married decedent, OR the next of kin of an unmarried decedent. This means that if the decedent died with a spouse and children, the decedent’s parents have no right of recovery under the Massachusetts wrongful death statute because those benefits would go to the surviving spouse and children of the decedent. However, if the decedent was unmarried at the time of death, then the decedent’s parents (not the siblings) would be considered the next of kin and would thus be able to recover compensation under the statute.Contact a Weymouth Wrongful Death Attorney Today
The Massachusetts law firm of Curran & Desharnais, P.C. provides legal representation for families of victims who have died as a result of accidents caused by the negligent or reckless acts of others. If someone you love has died in a motorcycle accident or car accident, a construction site accident, or because of a medical provider’s negligence, Contact a Weymouth Wrongful Death Lawyer immediately.
Once we have discussed your claim, we will take immediate action to investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death so that we may locate and preserve crucial evidence. Our law office will also consult with and hire the experts needed to establish liability and damages, such as accident 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 Weymouth Wrongful Death Attorney at the Law Firm of Curran & Desharnais, P.C., call 781-277-3262 or contact us online.