Concord Wrongful Death Attorneys
When You Lose a Loved One, We Offer Our Support
Losing your loved one to an accident can sink you into grief. Knowing that the accident should have been preventable might only make everything worse.
Upton & Hatfield, LLP and our Concord wrongful death lawyers are here to help you through this difficult time and show you the extent of your legal options. We can represent you in a wrongful death claim against the party that ended the life of your loved one. Nothing can undo what happened, but a lawsuit can help you find closure, peace of mind, and much-needed compensation.
Do not go through this challenge alone. Call our Concord wrongful death lawyers at (603) 716-9777.
Wrongful Death Claim Eligibility
For you to file a wrongful death claim, a wrongful death must have occurred under the definition of the law. In New Hampshire, a death is typically considered “wrongful” if it happened due to someone else’s negligence that could have been prevented with more care. One way to think about it is that a death is wrongful if the deceased person could have filed a personal injury claim had they survived.
Furthermore, only certain parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit after someone passes away due to another party’s negligence. In most cases, only people with a legitimate interest in the deceased person’s estate can file a wrongful death claim in New Hampshire.
Wrongful death claimants tend to be one of the following parties:
Not all interested parties can file a wrongful death claim, either. Instead, all eligible plaintiffs will need to file together. Before we file a wrongful death claim on your behalf, we would be happy to sit with you and discuss what relatives or other parties might also be eligible to make a claim.
Compensation in Wrongful Death Claims
Money cannot undo the terrible mistakes that someone made to end the life of your loved one. Yet financial stability when you are grieving and for years to come is important and something that you deserve. We would be honored to fight for the full damages owe to you, which will be similar to yet different from what you might expect in a personal injury claim.
Damages in a Concord wrongful death claim will often include:
- Cost of the deceased person’s final medical treatments.
- Funeral, burial, and/or wake costs (within reason).
- Pain and suffering suffered by the deceased person in their final days.
- Income the deceased person would have earned had the accident never happened.
New Hampshire Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
In New Hampshire, most wrongful death claims are held to a strict six-year statute of limitations that begins on the date that the deceased person passed away. The date that the fatal injury or illness occurred is usually not considered in such cases, which can be beneficial to the claimant. When the six-year statute of limitations expires, the court will likely reject any claim filed after.
A six-year statute of limitations doesn’t mean that you should wait that long to take legal action. Important evidence to prove what went wrong and who is liable is usually the easiest to find and use when it is recent. If you wait even a year to talk to an attorney, then some of the best evidence that could’ve helped your case could be lost forever.
Call for Legal Counsel & Moral Support
At Upton & Hatfield, LLP, our Concord wrongful death attorneys offer moral support to our clients, who we see as friends in need. Of course, we also offer award-winning legal counsel that can handle the most complex of cases and challenge the largest of oppositions. When you want a balance of compassion and professionalism, you will want to work with us.
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