A Massachusetts wrongful death claim alleges that the decedent was killed as a result of negligence (or other liability) on the part of the defendant, and that the surviving dependents are entitled to financial compensation. Wrongful death claims are most commonly filed on behalf of close relatives of the deceased. In order to sue for wrongful death in Massachusetts, it must be proven that the defendant's wrongful conduct created a natural, direct series of events that led to the decedent's death. The defendant can be a person, a business entity, or an organization.
If you suspect your loved one's death was the result of another's negligence, fill out our free case review form. Our Massachusetts wrongful death attorneys will evaluate your claim, at no cost to you, to determine whether you are eligible for financial compensation.
Wrongful death statutes vary from state to state, but they generally hold that a valid wrongful death claim must satisfy the following four requirements:
Fatalities caused by a number of circumstances may necessitate wrongful death claims, including Massachusetts medical malpractice, Boston motor vehicle, airplane or train accidents, animal attacks, occupational exposure to dangerous conditions or substances at Massachusetts jobsites, defective products, or recreational accidents, among others.
The following types of damages may be recovered in a Boston wrongful death lawsuit:
Depending on the state in which the wrongful death claim is filed, some of these damages may be barred or restricted.
A Massachusetts wrongful death claim may be denied if it is filed after the statute of limitations has run out. If you have a valid claim for wrongful death, it is vital that you speak with one an experienced wrongful death lawyers at the Shepard Law Firm of Boston, Massachusetts today. They can advise you of your legal rights and provide representation in a Boston wrongful death lawsuit.
While no amount of compensation can bring a loved one back, a Massachusetts wrongful death lawyer can help ensure the decedent's surviving family remains financially stable. In addition, a Boston wrongful death lawsuit can give the surviving family peace of mind that justice has been served. If you have lost a loved one due to another's negligence, do not hesitate to contact our Boston wrongful death attorneys today.