There is no more devastating event in a person’s life than hearing a family member has been taken too soon. As trial lawyers, we are well aware that no amount can ever truly heal such a tragedy. We will, however, fight tirelessly to ensure that the legal rights of families are protected, and that wrongdoers are held financially responsible for causing a death. In 2012, the CDC found that unintentional injuries were the fifth leading cause of premature death in the United States. If a family member has been killed as a result of an unintentional injury, we may be able to help.
A wrongful death case can come about in a number of ways, including negligence, gross negligence, or a breach of warranty. In a wrongful death case, it will be up to the Plaintiff to establish that one of these factors contributed to the death of a loved one. Unlike other types of cases, a wrongful death case does not stand on its own. Rather, the case will be tied to the way the death occurred, such as an automobile accident or product failure.
While a case may arise in any number of ways, the following is a list of common types of incidents that will give rise to wrongful death cases:
- Car Accidents;
- Truck Accidents;
- Motorcycle Accidents;
- Bicycle Accidents;
- Construction Site Accidents;
- Slip and Falls;
- Daycare Injuries;
- Fire Accidents;
- Liquor Liability; and,
- Negligent Security.
If a loved one has been killed, and you suspect that the death may have been preventable, it is critical that you consult an attorney who is experienced in this area. Like many states, Massachusetts has a Wrongful Death Statute, which provides what loved ones may and may not claim. For example, family members may be able to collect money for loss of companionship- also called loss of consortium- as well as medical expenses, burial costs, and money for any conscious pain and suffering that the decedent experienced.
In Massachusetts, a family may also claim punitive damages in a wrongful death case, if it can prove that the death was a result of the “malicious, willful, wanton or reckless conduct of the defendant or by the gross negligence of the defendant.” If this sort of conduct was a factor in your loved one’s death, a Massachusetts wrongful death attorney may be able to not only recover the damages that you and your family deserve, but also punish the person or company that caused the death.
If you choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit, it is critical to hire a Massachusetts wrongful death attorney as quickly as possible. In a case so steeped with worry, fear, and heartbreak, it is important to have someone with the experience and the resources to fight for you and your family. The wrongful death attorneys at Mirick O’Connell understand the severity and complexity of these cases, as well as the extreme financial and emotional turmoil that results from such tragedy.Discuss Your Case with a Mirick O’Connell Wrongful Death Attorney Today
If a loved one has died due to a company or an individual’s negligence, the wrongful death attorneys at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee can help. We have handled cases in Worcester, Framingham, Springfield, Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Newton, Fitchburg, Leominster, Lowell, Lawrence, and throughout the state of Massachusetts. We can also handle cases in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Please contact us at 800.862.9588, or use our online form to speak to one of our wrongful death attorneys today. We will show you what it means to fight with a big law firm.