Suffering the loss of a spouse, child, or other loved one can be one of the most devastating experiences a person or family can endure. Not only does the death of a loved one result in an emotional loss, it can also have a devastating financial impact on the family and their ability to support themselves. Of course, not all deaths are due to the negligence of another, but when that loss is the result of carelessness or recklessness on the part of another person or company, there may be a recourse for the family.
Hiring the right attorney to represent you and your family following the wrongful death of a loved one is essential to protect and preserve your legal rights. After the death of a loved one, hiring an attorney as soon as possible is crucial to preserving evidence that may be needed to prove that the death was due to the negligence of another. Failing to preserve essential evidence can result in limiting or even losing your ability to prove your claims.
The attorneys at Keches Law Group have been working with families that have suffered the loss of a loved one for decades. Our team of over 25 attorneys are extremely knowledgeable in all areas of law that may be involved in a wrongful death case.
If the wrongful death occurred in the course of the individual’s work, your claims will often include the right to pursue workers’ compensation death and spousal benefits. In addition, the death of a loved one may result in the right to pursue survivor’s benefits from the Social Security Administration. As a result, having attorneys who are experienced in personal injury law, workers’ compensation law, and social security law is crucial in helping you procure all of the benefits to which you and your family may be entitled as a result of the death of your loved one. Whereas some personal injury law firms may refer you to other firms to pursue your workers’ compensation and social security benefits, at Keches Law Group, we have attorneys capable of representing you in all of these claims. Our attorneys will work together as a team to help best serve you and your case.
The range of “damages” involved in a wrongful death case is extensive and will frequently include claims for the following:
- The loss of financial support and future earnings;
- Medical costs incurred prior to the individual’s death;
- Funeral and burial costs;
- Loss of consortium or claims related to the losses suffered by the surviving spouse including the loss of comfort and companionship, as well as claims of the surviving children or others who may have been financially dependent on the victim including claims for the loss of assistance, guidance, advice, protection and care.
- Punitive damages may also be sought in cases where the death was caused by the malicious, willful, wanton or reckless conduct of the defendant or by the gross negligence of the defendant.
For general laws concerning wrongful death, please visit the Massachusetts Legislature’s page on Massachusetts General Law Chapter 229, Section 2.
Wrongful death claims can arise in the context of a variety of serious accidents, including automobile accidents, construction site accidents, workplace accidents, accidents involving a defective product, poorly maintained premises, or because of the medical negligence of a treating doctor, hospital, or other medical professional.
Losing a loved one is extremely difficult, regardless of the cause. However, hiring the right attorney to represent you in a wrongful death case is essential. At Keches Law Group, we are proud of our proven results as well as the care, compassion, and personal service we provide to our clients.
If you or a member of your family has suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, contact Keches Law Group at 617-898-0808 or online for a free, no-obligations consultation today. We will be happy to meet you at one of our conveniently located offices or at your home.