New Hampshire Wrongful Death Lawyers
Providing Caring Legal Counsel to Families Touched by a Wrongful Death
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. That 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.
What Is Wrongful Death in New Hampshire?
A “wrongful death” is when the death of a person was caused by another party's negligence, carelessness or wrongful act. As such, a claim for wrongful death can be likened to a personal injury claim that is filed on behalf of the decedent. These claims are filed in a civil court, conducted independently of any criminal court proceedings and can be filed even if there is no criminal prosecution.
Eligible New Hampshire Wrongful Death Claimants
Typically, wrongful death claims are formal legal actions filed by a decedent's living relatives and/or beneficiaries. The state of New Hampshire has, however, a slightly different tradition: Per the Revised Statutes § 556.19, anyone can file a wrongful death claim if they have a legal interest in the decedent’s estate.
If you are contemplating filing a wrongful death claim, it is crucial that you reach out to a lawyer far before the statute of limitations expires, otherwise your claim will be considered invalid. New Hampshire’s statute of limitations for wrongful death may be six years from the date of death, but it is best to give an attorney team plenty of time to investigate and prepare your claim to raise your chances of reaching a favorable resolution once it is formally filed.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Wrongful Death Suit?
Once liability is established and another party is determined to be legally responsible for compensating a wrongful death claimant, a court will award damages.
Wrongful death damages are awarded for any physical damages, emotional damages and financial damages endured by a decedent and/or the claimant. New Hampshire Revised Statutes § 556.12 establishes the ways in which damages are awarded to a claimant and how courts will consider several circumstances for each category of damages.
Some of the recoverable damages for a wrongful death claim may include:
- A decedent's mental and physical pain and suffering and any medical expenses incurred prior to death;
- Reasonable funeral and/or burial expenses for the decedent;
- The probable duration of life and the probable support a decedent would have provided to the claimant had they not passed away;
- Emotional damages experienced by the claimant, such as loss of comfort, society and companionship; and/or
- Punitive damages paid to the claimant to further punish the liable party if gross or egregious acts of negligence led to the decedent’s death.
Compassionate Legal Support for Your Family
At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our lawyers 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 mourning their loved one properly.
If you would like to discuss your New Hampshire wrongful death claim with a member of our attorney team, contact our firm today.
“I would like to thank the Law Firm of Shaheen and Gordon, specifically Attorney O’Connor and Paralegal Chilton.”- Rob E.
“I wish you had been on my side in 1996, my life would have turned out significantly different.”- Theodore W.
“She was professional, thoughtful, and kept in constant contact throughout the litigation process.”- Tom R.
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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