Cambridge, MA Wrongful Death Lawyer
Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorneys with over 50 Years Combined Experience Representing Families in Wrongful Death Cases
When a loved one has died due to another’s negligence, it is important that you protect your legal rights. Nadeau Harkavy LLC has over 50 years combined experience helping families who have suffered the loss of a relative due to wrongful death. If you believe some individual or entity may be responsible for what happened, you should consult an experienced attorney to review the particular factual events surrounding your loved one’s accident to determine the best legal course of action for you.
The attorneys at Nadeau Harkavy LLC understand the life changing impact to surviving family members caused by an unexpected death due to another’s negligence. Families are often left devastated from the emotional toll and loss of companionship, support and economic loss. We work tirelessly to help ease your anxiety and worry. Our goal is to help the wrongful death survivors achieve some peace and comfort by pursuing and obtaining the compensation they deserve for the wrongful death of their family member.
Some of the most common types of accidents resulting in wrongful death include:
- Motor vehicle accidents including car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Premise liability accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Drowning accidents
Massachusetts General Laws c. 229, section 2, is a statutory law that sets forth the legal causes of action for wrongful death. The statute provides that a wrongful death action may be brought against a person or corporation who by his or its negligence causes the death of a person or by willful, wanton or reckless act causes the death of a person under such circumstances that the deceased could have recovered damages for personal injuries if his death had not resulted. The person or corporation shall be liable in damages. Proof of conduct that rises to the level of willful or reckless acts may give rise to punitive damages against the wrongdoer.
The statutory law also sets forth the beneficiaries who are entitled to the damages recovered in Massachusetts General Laws c. 229, section 1. These beneficiaries are the spouse and children of a married decedent or the next of kin of an unmarried decedent.
In addition to recovery under the wrongful death statute, there is a cause of action for conscious pain and suffering for the period of time between the injury suffered in the accident and the time of death. This is considered an asset of the estate of the decedent.
Lost earnings as well as the loss of the relationship which includes loss of the care, comfort, support, advice and companionship of the deceased loved one are compensable under the wrongful death statute. Medical expenses and funeral and burial expenses are also recoverable.
At Nadeau Harkavy LLC, we have represented many clients after tragic deaths including cases involving pedestrians and passengers in motor vehicle accidents and the loss of life in drowning accidents. At Nadeau Harkavy LLC, we use all our years of experience and resources to fight for you and get you the compensation you need and deserve. We work tirelessly to hold those responsible for your loss and their insurance companies accountable to the full extent of the law. You do not pay any legal fee unless there is a recovery.
At Nadeau Harkavy LLC, our experience and team approach have a proven track record of successful results in wrongful death cases. We help families get back on their feet and get the compensation they deserve. We begin the investigation immediately to preserve vital evidence such as witness accounts while their memories are fresh. We work with well-respected experts to fight the insurance companies who seem determined to avoid paying the money they should. We go to court to litigate these tragic wrongful death cases forcing those responsible for the accident to be held accountable.
We do everything we can to hold the negligent party responsible for the loss caused to your family. We address your needs and concerns with compassion and understanding for not just the moment but also your future. Please call us today at 617-674-7640 for a free confidential consultation.