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Loss of companionship as a form of wrongful death damages

The death of a beloved family member can have lasting repercussions on the lives of those that they leave behind. When a spouse loses their partner or a child loses their parent, they may feel as though they have been deprived of something special and unique. In Massachusetts, a person may be able to include in their wrongful death damages a request for loss of companionship recompenses.

Grounds on which wrongful death claims may be filed

A wrongful death is one that occurs due to the actions or omissions of another person. They happen on Massachusetts roads when irresponsible drivers allow distractions to take their attention away from driving and accidents occur with fatal results. They occur when others neglect to act responsibly and put other people's lives in danger due to their carelessness.

Helping victims of wrongful death incidents

When a tragedy strikes unexpectedly, a Massachusetts family may be left reeling. The family may find themselves facing financial peril as they lose the financial support of a loved one and incur medical expenses related to the care they received before their death. They undoubtedly will feel the emotional devastation of never being able to see their loved one again.

Are punitive damages available in wrongful death actions?

When a person is hurt or killed due to the actions of another person, certain personal injury legal claims may arise that give the victim or victims options for seeking compensation for the harm they have suffered. When a Worcester resident is hurt in a car accident, they may sue the responsible party under the theory of negligence. If that individual is killed in the crash, their estate may be entitled to sue on wrongful death grounds.

Wrongful death claims based on water accidents

Over the Memorial Day holiday, readers of this Worcester personal injury legal blog may be ready to embrace the coming of summer. For many, summer means freedom from school, cookouts with friends and family and time in the water. Water time can include boating and swimming in local bodies of water, visiting the neighborhood pool or enjoying sports on the river.

Grounds on which a wrongful death claim may be based

Earlier this month, this Worcester personal injury legal blog offered an informative post about the use of a breach of warranty claim as the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit. This post will follow up on that article by briefly introducing the other two claims on which wrongful death suits may be based: negligence and reckless or wanton conduct.

Wrongful death claims may be based on breaches of warranty

Negligence often forms the basis on which many wrongful death lawsuits proceed. When a person fails to act in accordance with their expected standard of care and breaches their duty to their victim, their negligence may cause the victim's death. However, in Massachusetts a wrongful death claim can also be based on a breach of warranty and this type of claim will be explored in the remainder of this post.

Could a loved one's wrongful death be due to a drunken driver?

When we drive around in our vehicles everyday without incident, we start to become desensitized to the possible dangers on the roads. This doesn't mean that we don't drive carefully and with awareness. Rather, people think a terrible car accident injury or death couldn't happen to them or a loved one. Incidents like the sudden death of a person involved in an accident with an alleged drunk driver can put everything into perspective.

How does strict product liability work in fatal car accidents?

Finding out that a loved one has passed away in a car-related accident can be extremely devastating. The suddenness of the event and the questions of how and why can overwhelm loved ones. After a person has been put to rest, it may be time to start answering those questions. A person's death could have been related to a car defect, the type addressed by product liability claims, rather than the negligence of another driver.

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