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Filing a Wrongful
Wrongful death lawsuits are usually the domain of personal injury lawyers. Think of a wrongful death case as a personal injury case that the victim isn’t alive to file. Instead, the executor of the victim’s will generally files these suits. The court will award any financial restitution to the victim’s estate. If the victim dies without a will, their surviving family will need o petition the court to assign a representative for the case. That’s different from many states, which allow any living family member to file a wrongful death case.
Massachusetts has its own set of regulations regarding wrongful death cases. In Massachusetts, an attorney has to prove one three things in a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Negligence: did the defendant fail to exercise reasonable care in the situation?
- Wanton reckless act: did the defendant act in reckless disregard for the deceased’s safety? This is a higher level of proof than negligence and you can use it as a basis to sue for punitive damages.
- Breach of warranty.
However, Massachusetts specifically bans wrongful death claims in some situations:
- If an employee is hurt on the job, against an employer.
- Against a railroad company.
- Against a streetcar company.
If you have any questions regarding whether your case meets the Massachusetts requirements for a wrongful death suit, ask your attorney.
Wrongful Death Statute
In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations on wrongful death cases is three years. This means that the judge will throw your case out if you file it past three years to the day of your loved one’s death. Because of this factor, it’s important to file your case quickly. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be for your attorney to win your wrongful death lawsuit. To maximize your attorney’s chances, consult them immediately if you think your loved one was wrongfully killed.
See if Attorney Crowley Can Help You with Your Wrongful Death Claim Today
If you need an experienced, reliable, and aggressive legal representation for your wrongful death case, call attorney Crowley. He has spent more than 30 years helping clients in the Norfolk County, MA area in situations similar to yours. If you need a lawyer, don’t wait. Call attorney William Crowley today to schedule your free consultation.
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