Compassionate Boston Lawyers Dedicated to Helping Grieving Families
There is no greater nightmare than the unexpected loss of a loved one. During this difficult time, the last thing that most people want to deal with on their own is a civil lawsuit. At Lowney Law, LLC, our personal injury attorneys can help families in the Boston area seek justice for a loved one’s passing. We are prepared to guide you through the process as we assert your rights and fight for the compensation that you deserve from any party that may have been responsible for your loss.
Seeking Compensation through a Wrongful Death Claim
Wrongful death claims can arise from almost any type of fatal accident. In this type of lawsuit, the victim’s surviving family members, including a spouse, children, parents, or siblings, seek to recover compensation for certain costs and losses resulting from their loved one’s death. Like other personal injury claims, it is usually based on negligence.
To establish negligence, a plaintiff must show that the defendant failed to exercise the appropriate duty of care. This is often defined as a duty of reasonable care, which requires each person to act with the same degree of caution that a reasonable person would exercise in a similar situation. What is considered to be “reasonable care” varies depending on the context in which the accident occurred. All too often, for example, a tragic loss of life results from a car accident that could have been avoided had a driver been paying attention to the road and following traffic laws. In the context of premises liability claims, the standard of care requires property owners to keep their premises in a safe condition and to fix or warn customers and guests of dangerous conditions on the property. Sadly, many fatalities are the result of unresolved hazards like unsafe staircases and icy walkways.
In many cases, a thorough investigation is required to collect the evidence needed to prove your claim and draw a causal link from the defendant’s carelessness to your loved one’s death. Sometimes it is necessary to consult with a specialist or expert, like an accident reconstructionist or a doctor. It will be important to show that the victim would not have died if the defendant had met the appropriate standard of care.
No amount of money can ever replace the loss of someone who was close to you, but Massachusetts’ wrongful death law allows surviving family members to seek reimbursement for medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, the loss of future income, and reasonable compensation for the loss of the decedent’s love, companionship, and support. It can be difficult to calculate these expenses, particularly while your family is grieving over the loss of your loved one. Enlisting skilled legal counsel can be an important step in asserting your rights.
Consult a Boston Attorney for Your Injury Claim
If you have lost a loved one in the Boston area as the result of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, the accident lawyers at Lowney Law, LLC are ready to help you seek the justice that you and your family deserve. Many of our clients have come from Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, West Roxbury, and Roslindale, as well as communities throughout Suffolk County. We offer a free consultation to determine your potential options, and we do not collect any fees unless we obtain a judgment or settlement in your favor. Call us now at 617-364-8000, or contact us online today.