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What are Wrongful Death Lawsuits?

What are the Rights of a Family Following a Loved One’s Wrongful Death?

wrongful death lawsuitsAt the NH personal injury law firm of Manning & Zimmerman, we are often asked by family members what legal rights they have if a loved one dies as the result of another person’s wrongdoing. Wrongful death lawsuits enable the family of a victim to sue a wrongdoer for damages on behalf of the deceased. In general, immediate family members or the administrator of the decedent’s estate may sue on behalf of the deceased party by claiming negligence against the responsible party.

The Filing of Wrongful Death Lawsuits

The theory behind these lawsuits is to ensure that a negligent party cannot avoid responsibility merely because the victim died. Wrongful death lawsuits make it possible for family members to recover payment for medical bills and burial expenses. Additionally, a lawsuit may be filed for the victim’s anticipated future wages. The lawsuit may also include the pain and suffering survivors have endured as the result of losing their loved one. One of the more common reasons for bringing a wrongful death lawsuit is medical malpractice, but other reasons (among many) include the death of a motorist, motorcyclist, pedestrian or bicyclist that was found to be the fault of a driver.

Call Experienced NH Wrongful Death Attorneys

Big companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by an insurance company, the NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC can help. When representing injured victims, we are only paid for our services when we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 239-2459, email us at info@manningzimmermanlaw.com, or contact us by using the “contact us” form or chat feature on our website.

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Manchester Wrongful Death Attorneys Answer FAQs

Wrongful Death Frequently Asked Questions

As Manchester wrongful death attorneys, we often receive questions from people who have lost a loved one due to the wrongful or negligent actions of another. The death of a loved one is difficult under normal circumstances. When the death occurs as a result of someone else’s fault, however, it is traumatic for all involved. Often, family and friends have not had any time to say “good bye” and come to terms with the passing. In terms of the legal matters that may arise after a traumatic death, we have compiled a list of some questions that are frequently asked of us.

What occurs when the person dies before filing a personal injury lawsuit?

If your loved one was injured through no fault of their own and then died from those injuries, the law allows you to file a lawsuit to seek recovery of damages. If your loved one had a personal injury claim and then died due to causes that were not related to the injury accident, the personal injury claim will still be able to be pursued by the loved one’s personal representative or estate executor.

How are wrongful deaths handled criminally and civilly?

When someone dies due to the negligent actions of another, both civil and criminal cases may be filed separately. In a criminal case, the government seeks to punish the person responsible for your loved one’s death if their behavior falls under those outlined in the state’s criminal code. Civil law cases are filed by one person, such as you, against the person who caused the death, and civil wrongful death cases have to do with allegations of violating the rights and duties owed by people to others. As such, it is possible to file a wrongful death civil lawsuit even if criminal charges are not also filed. Similarly, both a criminal case and a civil lawsuit may proceed separately and simultaneously, and the burden of proof required in the civil matter is a lower one than that required of the prosecutor in the criminal action.

Can punitive damages be recovered?

While some states allow the recovery of punitive damages in a wrongful death case, punitive damages are not recoverable under New Hampshire law.

Do all states have the same wrongful death laws?

Wrongful death laws vary by state. New Hampshire has its own laws that may differ from those of another state.

Is it possible to sue for wrongful death if my loved one never worked?

Yes, it is still possible to sue even if your loved one did not work. In that case, the question would be looking at the value of other contributions they made to the family.

Are damages for pain and suffering recoverable?

New Hampshire allows you to bring a lawsuit for your loved one’s pain and suffering.

Is it possible to sue for the death of a child or elderly relative?

Yes, you can sue for either. The damages can still be considerable but will be looked at a bit differently.

Contact Experienced Manchester Wrongful Death Attorneys for a Free Consultation

Has your loved one has passed away as the result of negligent medical care? If so, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!

For a free consultation, contact the Manchester wrongful death attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. We may be reached at (603) 379-6319, by email at info@MZLawNH.com, or by using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

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