Wrongful Death Lawyer in NH & ME

There are few experiences more difficult than losing a love one. When these deeply personal issues collide with the legal system, it often proves to be an overwhelming process to families. This is why Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. handles all the necessary legal work involved in wrongful death claims and works toward obtaining the best compensation possible in a timely and non-invasive manner.

Wrongful death claims are formal legal actions filed by a decedent's living relatives. These claims can be pursued when the death of a family member is caused by another party's negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act. They are also filed in civil courts, and are conducted independently of any criminal court proceedings. Wrongful death claims can be filed even if there is no criminal prosecution.

Recovering Damages

Once liability is established and another party is determined to be legally responsible for compensating a victim's family members, a court will award damages. Similar to a personal injury claim, wrongful death damages are awarded for physical damages endured by a decedent, emotional damages and financial damages. The New Hampshire wrongful death statute RSA §556:12 establishes the ways in which damages are awarded to a decedent's family members.

Courts will consider a number of circumstances for each category of damages. This includes a decedent's mental and physical pain and suffering and any medical expenses incurred prior to death. Courts will also calculate the probable duration of life and the probable support a decedent would have provided their family had they not passed away. In addition, family members will be awarded compensation for emotional damages such as loss of comfort, society and companionship. In some cases that involve gross or egregious acts of negligence, courts may also award punitive damages to families in order to further punish the responsible party.

Compassionate Legal Support

At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our attorneys understand the severity of wrongful death cases and we make it a point to remain attentive, compassionate and supportive to the families we represent. Our efforts are geared toward resolving legal proceedings quickly and favorably so that our clients can focus on their future.

If you would like to discuss your wrongful death claim with a member of our legal team, contact our firm today.

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