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Have You Lost A Loved One In A Wrongful Death In Rhode Island?
Losing a loved one is already a heartbreaking and emotional scenario for anyone to have to go through. The addition of it being a wrongful death situation makes it that much more difficult to deal with. Filing a wrongful death suit is a way for the surviving family members to receive damages caused by such a horrible situation.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases
The most common wrongful death claim involves medical malpractice. It is estimated that upwards of 90,000 wrongful death claims are attributed to medical malpractice each year. If a doctor or other medical professional fails to uphold their duty of care and your loved one suffers the consequences, you could be entitled to compensation.
Another type of wrongful death claim occurs when someone has been intentionally killed. This civil case would be completely separate from the criminal case and does not depend on a guilty verdict in that case.
Lastly, there is negligence. This is a very broad category, but essentially, if someone dies due to the negligence of others (such as careless driving, a slip and fall in a grocery store, or outdated safety equipment for example) the wrongful death claim would fall into this category.
Who is eligible to file a wrongful death case?
If someone is the victim of wrongful death, meaning they died due to someone’s negligence or intentional actions, that person’s family or estate would then be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
This type of lawsuit is one in which the family or estate of the deceased can sue the party responsible in order to receive compensation. It is important to note that this is a civil lawsuit and is separate from any criminal case that may also take place concerning the same events.
Different states have different laws regarding who specifically can be the one to file the lawsuit. In Rhode Island, the surviving members of the deceased person’s family are who is eligible to make the claim. These surviving members are actually given a particular order of preference when it comes to filing a claim. The first priority would go to a surviving spouse and any surviving children. If there are no children, the spouse would be awarded the benefits. If the deceased person has no surviving spouse and no surviving children, the damages would then be distributed to the legal heirs.
What damages can be claimed in a wrongful death claim?
A wrongful death claim is intended to help the surviving family get compensation for different types of loss associated with the death of their loved one. There are numerous types of damages that may be recovered, but the most common are:
- Covering the expenses associated with the funeral and burial
- Any medical expenses occurred due to the final injury or illness of the person who passed
- Property that was damaged in the events that caused the death
- Lost wages that the deceased would have been expected to earn had they not passed.
- Loss of guidance, companionship, or care that was provided by the deceased
- Pain and suffering
- In some cases, punitive damages
What is a wrongful death lawyer?
A wrongful death lawyer is an attorney who assists families with lawsuits after they have lost a loved one due to the negligence or actions of another party.
What qualifies as a wrongful death lawsuit?
There are a few main scenarios that would qualify as wrongful death. The first would be if someone was intentionally killed, the family can file a civil claim which would be separate from the criminal case. Another common wrongful death situation is medical malpractice, where a medical professional causes death to occur. The last is negligence (such as faulty safety procedures, or a car accident).
What is the statute of limitations on a wrongful death suit?
As with most types of cases, there is a statute of limitations for wrongful death claims. In Rhode Island, you have three years after the wrongful death occurred. This is why you should call an experienced Wrongful Death Attorney as soon as possible so that you don’t run the risk of running out of time.
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Finding The Best Providence Wrongful Death Attorney
Hiring a Providence wrongful death attorney is an important decision. The best attorneys are able to evaluate your case quickly and provide advice so you can make an informed decision. No attorney should ever pretend to know the exact value of your case in advance, and you should never pay for an initial consultation. The law office of Louis W. Grande handles wrongful death cases on “contingency” contracts, meaning that you never pay unless we win your case.
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Louis W. Grande is committed to providing quality legal representation and, above all, personal attention to our clients’ individual needs. Conveniently located within minutes of downtown Providence on historic Smith Street, there is never a charge for an initial consultation. With evening and weekend appointments available, when your personal problems call for an experienced Rhode Island Wrongful Death Attorney, our firm is ready to assist you.
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Before talking with insurance companies, be sure to call our office. We are here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We aggressively defend the rights of injured people who have lost loved ones in a wrongful death case in Rhode Island. We will keep you updated on the status of your claim at all times while explaining the process and what you can expect following a wrongful death. We are fully committed to getting the most money we can for you.
The time following a wrongful death is heartbreaking and stressful, and we are here to offer you our legal support by fighting aggressively to defend your rights. No matter your legal situation, if you have lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, you could be compensated for your loss.
Our goal is to get you the compensation you and your family deserve to relieve the financial impact following a wrongful death. Contact me now for help.
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