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About Collecting Damages in Wrongful Death Civil Actions
We appreciate that no amount of financial compensation can replace a loved one, but as attorneys, we also understand that it is important to hold parties responsible for your loss accountable for their actions. Even when there are no grounds for a criminal action, or when someone has been found innocent of a crime, you may still have the right to pursue civil action against someone else.
The purpose of a civil action is to recover for your actual financial losses, future losses, and damages are sometimes awarded to send a message to society that a certain type of behavior will not be tolerated. Only a prosecutor can charge someone with a crime, but anyone who has suffered a wrongdoing due to intentional acts or the negligence of another person, can file a civil lawsuit.
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages (net income);
- Loss of future earnings;
- Loss of consortium (loss of companionship);
- Funeral expenses; and
- Punitive damages of not less than five thousand dollars in such case as the decedent’s death was caused by the malicious, willful, wanton or reckless conduct of the defendant or by the gross negligence of the defendant (there are some exceptions regarding employers, certain types of railroad accidents.)
Other damages you may be entitled to recover under Massachusetts wrongful death damages law include: “services, protection, care, assistance, society, companionship, comfort, guidance, counsel, and advice of the decedent to the persons entitled to the damages recovered.”
Wrongful Death Attorneys, Serving With Compassion and Commitment to Our Clients
When someone you love is taken from you unexpectedly through the deliberate or careless actions of another, it is common to feel profound sadness and /or intense anger, or even numbness. Sometimes, the situation is just too painful to accept and you may feel like pursuing a civil claim will only perpetuate that pain. But it is our experience that many families are able to find closure when they know civil justice has been accomplished. Families go on to use proceeds from successful claims to begin the healing process, or even to donate to charities in memory of a loved one.
Damages awarded to the family of a victim is one way to punish those who are responsible for your pain, but compensation is also something you are entitled to under Massachusetts law in order to help you and your family with the expenses of putting your life back together.
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No matter where you are located in Massachusetts, we are just a phone call away. Call our experienced and compassionate wrongful death lawyers to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form to email our law firm.
For more than three decades our wrongful death plaintiff’s law firm has been serving Southeast Massachusetts, including, but not limited to Plymouth, Norfolk, Bristol County and the cities of Boston, Brockton, Canton, Taunton, Bridgewater, Mansfield, Easton, Sharon, Attleboro, Stoughton, Weymouth, Abington, Norton, Whitman, Quincy, Hingham, Marshfield, Randolph.