Car crashes of any type can upend and disrupt families’ and victims’ lives, work, and finances. But when an entire family is killed or injured in an accident, the fallout can be catastrophic. While many families can lean on friends, family, and the community for help in this trying and devastating time, often the resulting financial strain can be too much to bear.
According to a recent article, a New Hampshire family is suffering and grieving after being involved in a three-car collision in Albany. An 8-year-old son passed away in the crash, while his 11-year old brother and both parents were seriously injured. Police are investigating the accident, and not much is publicly known. A Ford F550 collided with the Kia belonging to the family, which then collided with a Volvo. According to a GoFundMe page posted by friends of the family, the mother suffered a broken arm and pelvis, the father is recovering from nearly all of his ribs being crushed, and the surviving son suffered a broken ankle.
Navigating New Hampshire Wrongful Death Claims
Although financial damages do very little to repair grieving families, those who are injured and emotionally drained should be able to navigate this time without financial distress. Unlike other states, any person interested in the estate of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim in New Hampshire, so long as the death was caused by an individual or person acting carelessly.
In New Hampshire, several types of damages are available in wrongful death cases. Damages available may include medical, funeral, and burial expenses, along with pain and suffering endured by the deceased. In addition, compensation for lost earnings that the victim may have reasonably expected to earn over the course of their lifetime can be recovered. Surviving spouses are entitled to damages for the loss of companionship and comfort of the deceased, while surviving children can similarly claim damages for the loss of familial relationship.
If your loved one has been killed in a traffic accident, contact a New Hampshire personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Although New Hampshire’s wrongful death statute allows for a claim to be brought any time within 6 years of a victim’s death, some types of actions have shorter deadlines as brief as 180 days. Determining when your claim must be filed will save you from further financial pain as you and your family process and grieve during this difficult time.
Contact a New Hampshire Wrongful Death Lawyer
If your family member or loved one has passed during or after an accident, call an experienced wrongful death attorney today. The attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates have several offices in the New Hampshire and Maine areas and can meet you in your home or at the hospital to immediately investigate your wrongful death claim. Our team at Peter Thompson & Associates has over 60 years of combined experience obtaining compensation for wrongful death clients. Contact our office at 1-800-804-2004 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.