A large portion of road accidents results in significant injuries, which are often recovered with time. However, some incidents also end up in death due to extreme damages caused to the victim. In such cases, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim with the help of a New Hampshire injury lawyer. This claim is used to seek legal remedy for losing your loved ones.
Wrongful Death- An Overview
The concept of wrongful death implies deaths caused by negligent and willful conduct. The deceased’s family can file a wrongful death claim to get financial compensation from the liable parties for recovering the financial losses and loss of their loved one. Wrongful death cases occur due to medical negligence, car accidents, abusive and
Negligent nursing homes, assaults, accidents closed due to driving under the influence, and accidents taking place on someone else’s premises due to the carelessness and negligent conduct of the owner.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
Wrongful death claims can be pursued by the immediate family members of the deceased victim. The people who can make a claim are classified into two groups.
The groups are as follows:
- Primary beneficiaries
The deceased victim’s partner, parents, and children are considered to be primary beneficiaries.
- Secondary beneficiaries
The secondary beneficiary includes individuals related to the deceased victim through family relationships or marriage. It includes dependents of the dead victim.
An exception is that only married partners can seek compensation on behalf of their deceased loved one. If they were merely in a relationship, the remaining partner would not be allowed to pursue a claim no matter how long their relationship was.
The Statute of Limitations
Similar to other legal claims, wrongful death claims also have a timeline for filing the lawsuit. All the claims involving wrongful death must be filed within three years of the death. After surpassing this deadline set by the law, no claim can be filed. The claimant will lose all rights to file a lawsuit after that period, no matter how strong the case is.
Wrongful death claims compensate people who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. The compensation amount helps in recovering the medical cost incurred before the victim’s death, ambulance charges, caused involved in the funeral prices, pain, and suffering of the victim before death, loss of a companion, loss of wages, and loss of potential income. The compensation amount reimburses all the damages and reduces the financial burden on the victim’s family.