It is never easy to lose a loved one, and it is particularly difficult when that loved one is suddenly ripped from your life at the hands of a reckless or negligent person who has complete disregard for the safety of those around. You should never have to experience the premature loss of a loved one, or suffer from the sudden onset of financial instability because of it.
Wrongful death is a legal claim that could be brought by an immediate family member of the deceased, such as the surviving spouse, parents, and children, as the result of death by the negligent or willful act of another person. Wrongful death of a loved one could happen anywhere: from someone running a red light, medical malpractice, or even simply poorly maintained premises such as an unstable staircase, rickety railings, or uneven carpeting. The common causes of wrongful death may include but are not limited to:
- Traffic Accidents (involving truck drivers, car drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians).
- Slip & Fall Accidents (spills in grocery stores, unshoveled sidewalks, uneven flooring, etc.).
- Medical Malpractice.
- Defective Products (includes failure to warn, foodborne illnesses and poisoning, manufacturing defect, and design defect).
- Work Accidents.
- Construction Site Accidents.
- Exposure to Harmful & Hazardous Materials.
While we can never replace the tragic premature loss of a family member caused by someone else’s negligent or willful act, here at Mitcheson & Lee we understand the difficulties you face because of it. Not only did you lose a family member, but your lifestyle may be severely compromised when the lost loved one was the primary financial provider in your household. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys with years of experience under their belt zealously represent surviving family members and know what it takes to get them the recovery they deserve. You should not have to suffer the financial consequences of someone’s poor actions. The type and percentage of recovery a plaintiff could get would depend on the plaintiff’s relationship to the deceased. Compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one may include but are not limited to:
- Lost Earnings (and other loss financial support).
- The Victim’s Medical Expenses.
- Burial Costs.
- Compensation for the Loss of Love and Companionship.
- Interest from the Date of the Victim’s Death.
Wrongful death cases are complex and difficult to navigate. Our experienced attorneys understand the time sensitively of wrongful death cases. In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations to file for a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties liable is three years. The time starts running from the moment of the loved one’s death or from the time of discovery. Spouses, children, and parents are given priority when filing a wrongful death claim. If the deceased left behind no immediate family members, then brothers, sisters, grandchildren, and other relatives may file for damages.
At Mitcheson & Lee, our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys are ready to fight for your rights. Our goal is to obtain justice for our clients and their loved ones. If you or someone you know lost a family member to the willful or negligent act of another, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Mitcheson & Lee at (617) 939-4388 or (781) 223-3635.