New Hampshire Wrongful Death Attorneys
Helping Your Family Heal
The death of a loved one is a traumatic loss for families. It is even more difficult to imagine that the loss is due to negligence or misconduct of another person. Our New Hampshire wrongful death lawyers can be aggressive and protect you and your family when you call Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Many people ask, “Do I need a lawyer?” You want someone with experience and a proven track record. Our lawyers include a former state Supreme Court and Superior Court judge, Charles G. Douglas, III. On top of that, he wrote the New Hampshire Evidence Manual, which is used by judges and lawyers across the state regarding evidence in court. This is the knowledge and experience you need to take on the insurance company, protect your rights, and get the compensation you deserve.
Family members tell us, “We don’t want this to happen to anyone else.” We have extensive experience in representing families in wrongful death actions and we understand the difficult nature of these cases. Whether the wrongful death is from a pedestrian hit by a drunk driver, a child struck by a careless motorist or a death caused from a medical mistake, our New Hampshire wrongful death lawyers will fight to hold those individuals or institutions accountable.
In a wrongful death case, you will typically be dealing with an insurance company. Insurance companies have teams of people working for them to try to pay the lowest amount for your claim. Don’t be at the mercy of the insurance company. Nothing can replace a loved one and no amount of money will bring back your loved one. But our laws allow you to seek justice and ensure that those responsible are held accountable.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in New Hampshire?
According to New Hampshire law a spouse, child, or parent, grandparent or sibling may file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a deceased loved one. In cases where there is no surviving spouse, child, or parent a representative of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death claim, recoverable by the deceased’s next of kin. In all wrongful death cases, the statute of limitations to file a claim is six years. This means you have six years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a claim or you may lose your opportunity to do so.
Trust Our Team
Once our New Hampshire wrongful death lawyers are involved, we’ll take immediate action. We handle all communications on your behalf and bring the peace of mind that you are not alone dealing with this problem. Our law firm will investigate the facts and put together the best legal strategy. This may involve interviewing witnesses, consulting medical experts or preserving other helpful evidence.
Q:Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
A:Immediate family members, including parents, spouses, and children are eligible to file a claim.
Q:What damages are recoverable in a wrongful death action?
A:Damages can include compensation for loss of life, mental pain and suffering, medical and funeral costs, probable future earnings, and loss of support or companionship.
Q:As a spouse, am I entitled to recover damages in a wrongful death action?
A:Yes. Under New Hampshire law, a surviving spouse is entitled to money damages for loss of the comfort, society and companionship of the deceased.
Q:What damages is a minor child entitled to receive in the wrongful death of a parent?
A:Under New Hampshire law, where the deceased is a parent of a minor child or children, the child or children are entitled to be compensated for the loss of familial relationship.