What Are Wrongful Death Cases?
“Wrongful death” refer to a death that occurs because of someone’s negligence, incompetence, carelessness, or failure to act. For example, when someone is crossing the street and is killed by a drunk driver, that is a wrongful death. The same label applies if a small child is struck down and killed by a reckless teen driver. The list goes on. In wrongful death situations, the loved ones of the departed victim can file wrongful death lawsuits on the departed’s behalf.
The Statutes of Limitations and Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Wrongful death claims are subject to the statutes of limitations. These statutes of limitations dictate a time frame within which an individual is permitted to take action – between 1 and 3 years. The time period depends on which state you’re filing the case.
In Maine, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is 2 years. The lawsuit should contain the details from the time of wrongful death.
How an Attorney Can Help
When hiring a wrongful death attorney, you need to understand how hr or she can help you with the legal and emotional process of moving on. Some of the ways Nichols & Churchill can help you include:
- In-depth investigation into the wrongful death to determine the cause
- Insurance company relations – including policy disputes and negotiations
- Creation of a “big picture” of the entire scenario that can be packaged and brought to a court of law and possibly a jury
- Management of all legal efforts so that they fall within the statute of limitations for Maine (2 years) in order that nothing can be dismissed on a technicality
The amount that a victim and the victim’s next of kin can recover varies by county and circumstance. There are many different ways to calculate the loss including emotional trauma, funeral costs, lost wages, existing payments and bills, and other punitive damages. By having an experienced team of wrongful death lawyers like Nichols & Churchill, the case will be given the utmost attention to make sure all bases are covered.
“I Don’t Want This To Happen To Anyone Else”
This is a very important point to address, as it can be one of the best reasons for hiring a wrongful death lawyer. If the case is lost and dismissed, then nothing is stopping the same scenario from happening again to someone else. Justice has not been served. It is a tragedy in every sense of the word.
Contact Nichols & Churchill today to discuss your wrongful death lawsuit and get what you deserve.