Nashua Wrongful Death Lawyer
Little is as shocking, grievous, or life-changing as the unpredicted loss of a loved one in an accident caused by the negligence, carelessness, or wrongful acts of another. These incidents leave you and your family members struggling to come to terms with such an event, facing an indefinite period of emotional heartbreak, and financial and other hardships that can accompany such a loss.
While nothing can ever bring back the person you loved, New Hampshire wrongful death law can help to bring some form of closure to such a situation and financially compensate you for what you have suffered.
At the Office of Attorney Mark Rufo, we have been representing New Hampshire families that have lost loved ones in such circumstances for more than 40 years. With decades of experience handling wrongful death claims, we understand the challenges you face and will work to help you obtain maximum compensation as quickly as possible. We bring sensitivity, compassion, and steadfast advocacy to clients in wrongful death cases in Nashua, Manchester, Concord, and across the state.
Wrongful Death Claims in New Hampshire
Wrongful death claims can arise from various types of misconduct by individuals, businesses, or other entities. One of the most common causes of such claims is motor vehicle accidents, including those involving cars, motorcycles, trucks, bicycles, and pedestrians.
Other fatal accidents can occur when property owners fail to maintain a safe environment for visitors, from defective and dangerous consumer products, workplace accidents, or through intentional wrongdoing, as in criminal assaults.
A wrongful death claim in New Hampshire is governed by New Hampshire Revised Statute Chapter 556 Suits by and Against Administrators. The law states that anyone “interested in the estate of a person deceased may begin an action” of such a claim to the court. The damages recovered will often benefit the deceased's closest relatives, such as spouses, children, and sometimes parents or siblings.
The next step involves proving that the defendant's negligence or misconduct was the direct cause of the deceased's death. This typically requires evidence such as police reports, medical records, and expert testimony.
Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases
Damages in a wrongful death claim in New Hampshire are designed to compensate for the losses related to the death, both economic and non-economic.
Economic damages may include medical expenses incurred before death, funeral and burial costs, loss of the deceased's expected earnings, loss of benefits, and loss of inheritance. Non-economic damages can cover aspects like the pain and suffering of the deceased before death and loss of companionship or emotional distress suffered by family survivors.
Statutes of Limitations
In New Hampshire, a wrongful death claim must generally be filed within three years of the date of the person's death. This means that if a claim is not filed within this period, it may be barred forever. Because of time limits, it's crucial to consult with a legal professional to make sure all deadlines are met.
How the Office of Attorney Mark Rufo Can Help
We will work with your family to ensure that you understand all your options for getting the money you deserve. Although losing a loved one is an incredibly difficult experience for your family, it’s important to think about your collective future. With our assistance, you can confidently make tough decisions related to your claim and seek maximum compensation to provide for your family going forward.
Reserve your free consultation by contacting a team member today.
How much is my case worth?Every case is unique, and how much compensation you are eligible to receive depends on what evidence we can gather — so we can’t guarantee a certain amount. We can guarantee, however, that we will fight for every last penny you are entitled to for your medical treatment, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Why can’t I just accept the insurance company’s offer?Insurance companies make their money cheating you. Claims agents are trained to get you to agree to the lowest possible amount, so the company can continue to maximize its profit. The only way to look out for your best interests and ensure that you receive fair compensation is to seek counsel from an attorney who is experienced in standing up to these insurance companies.
What if I can’t afford an attorney?Personal injury lawyers do not cost anything upfront. In fact, we get paid only when you do — and we receive only a percentage of the compensation we secure for you. This means that not only can you afford high-quality representation, but you know we will be fighting for the maximum possible recovery, because our own pay depends on it, too.