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Wrongful Death

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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  • Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit $2 Million

    D. Michael Noonan represented the parents of Jacob Goulet, a teen who died after being swept away in a storm drain, in a wrongful death case against the city of Nashua.

  • Pedestrian Run Over by Tractor Trailer Truck $1.7 Million

    Pedestrian injured by tractor trailer truck making illegal U-turn received a settlement of $1,700,000.00 as compensation.

  • Settlement for Second-Floor Fall Victim $1.5 Million

    A young man was injured in fall from unsafe second-floor sliding door received a settlement of $1,500,000.00 as compensation.

  • Motorcycle Passenger Struck by Car & Injured $1.25 Million

    Woman passenger on a motorcycle injured in a car crash received $1,250,000.00 as compensation.

  • Motorcyclist Killed in Collision With Automobile $1.25 Million

    Family receives $1,250,000.00 in compensation in wrongful death claim.

  • Settlement of Estate of Worker Killed by Electrocution $1.225 Million

    Settlement was pieced together from four defendants, following the electrocution of a lineman for a cable construction company.

  • Recovered for Woman Exposed to Dangerous Drug $1.05 Million

    A woman was harmed by the use of a dangerous drug received a settlement of $1,050,000.00 as compensation.

  • Arbitration Award for Woman Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident $1 Million

    Attorney D. Michael Noonan successfully arbitrated this case for a woman seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident including serious leg injury and a mild traumatic brain injury.

  • Pedestrian vs. Automobile $699 Thousand

    Elderly pedestrian walking on the sidewalk when an elderly female driver loses control of her vehicle driving up onto the sidewalk striking the pedestrian causing serious injuries to both legs.

  • Automobile vs. Tractor Trailer $550 Thousand

    Tractor-trailer driving down a rural hill, Plaintiff driving up the hill on the opposite side of the road, a collision occurs near the centerline during a snow storm causing serious injuries to the Plaintiff.


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