When our loved ones are taken from us too soon because of an accident, it can be one of the most painful things that we experience in life. From a practical standpoint, the loss of a family member could mean that a family’s primary source of income or financial support is also significantly impacted. Thus, when an accident in New Hampshire takes place and was caused by the wrongful act of another and results in death, those who are responsible must be held accountable for their actions.
According to a recent news report, a three-car collision left two killed and one injured in Lee on Route 125. Lee police reported that one of the drivers was driving north on Route 125 when he veered into the southbound lane and hit another car head-on. The driver then crashed into another southbound car that swerved out of the way to avoid the initial accident but was not injured. The at-fault driver was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries. The driver of the car that the at-fault vehicle crashed into head-on was pronounced dead at the scene, and his passenger was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.
In New Hampshire, wrongful death claims can be brought by the administrator of the deceased’s estate against the at-fault party. A number of different kinds of compensatory damages are available, including payment for medical bills and expenses and pain and suffering.
In addition, wrongful death claims in New Hampshire can also yield coverage of funeral costs, potential earnings or lost income due to shortened life, and even damages stemming from the “loss of enjoyment of life.” The amount awarded for these categories can be challenging to quantify and can vary depending on the context of the wrongful death claim and details of the accident. Loss of consortium damages, however, are capped at $150,000 for spouses and up to $50,000 per child that the deceased leaves behind.
Following the death of a loved one, filing a lawsuit on their behalf to collect damages may be the furthest thing from your mind. In wrongful death claims, however, time is of the essence. Although nothing can bring your loved one back, there is recourse available if the negligent or reckless actions of another person or business caused their death. Filing a lawsuit as soon as possible is in your best interest so that you can collect damages and move forward with the healing process, but also because New Hampshire has a strict six-year statute of limitations that applies to all wrongful death claims.
Do You Need a New Hampshire Wrongful Death Attorney?
If someone you love has been recently killed in a New Hampshire accident where the responsible party acted recklessly or negligently, contact the attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates for assistance. Our New Hampshire wrongful death lawyers have worked on all types of personal injury claims and clients and will fight for you to get the compensation that you deserve. To schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team today, contact us at 800-804-2004.