There is nothing more shocking than losing a loved one in an unexpected and tragic accident. From motor vehicle accidents to premises liability cases and more, when someone else acts negligently, the outcome can be catastrophic, irreversible harm. At the law office of Sabbeth Law, our Hanover wrongful death lawyers understand what you’re going through and how devastated you are feeling. While nothing can undo the wrong that has been done, filing a wrongful death claim may provide your family with the financial compensation that you need to move forward, support loved ones left behind, and hopefully prevent future similar tragedies. Please call our law firm directly today to learn more about our Hanover wrongful death lawyers and how we can help–

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim in New Hampshire can be brought forth when the wrongful act or neglect of one party leads to the death of another. This is similar to a personal injury claim, but for the fact that the injury victim has suffered fatal injuries, and is therefore unable to bring forth a claim on their own behalf. 

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Only certain parties can bring forth a wrongful death action, even if a cause for action exists. To be sure, New Hampshire law, Revised Statute section 556.19, reads that “any person interested in the estate of the deceased” may file a wrongful death claim. This stands in sharp contarct to other states, where only the administrator of a deceased’s estate can bring forth a claim. 

Damages Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Claim

Wrongful death actions are typically pursued for three primary reasons in New Hampshire. 

First, filing a wrongful death action, and being successful in the claim, can provide grieving family members with a sense of closure and justice.

Second, while a wrongful death action is a civil suit and does not have any criminal penalties associated with its outcome, a wrongful death action may serve as a deterrent to other wrongdoers. 

And third, a wrongful death action may yield monetary damages to a decedent’s estate and its beneficiaries. Types of damages that are recoverable in a wrongful death action include:

  • Economic damages incurred prior to or after the death, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and burial expenses;
  • Compensation for the value of the loss of services performed by the decedent; 
  • The value of the decedent’s lost wages and loss of earning capacity; and
  • The value of the loss of love, companionship, parental guidance, etc. 

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?

When you learn of a loved one’s death and are grieving, thinking about filing a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind. While filing a lawsuit may be extremely challenging to consider, it’s important to know that you only have so much time to take action. Under New Hampshire law section 556.11, you have six years of the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. If you think that you may have a wrongful death case, it’s important to talk to an attorney sooner rather than later if you think that you may want to file a case, even if you’re not sure. 

Why Work with Our Hanover Wrongful Death Lawyers

Losing a loved one may be the hardest thing that you ever have to go through. And as you cope with your grief and think about your future, it’s important that you have someone on your side who you can trust to work hard for you. At the office of Sabbeth Law, you can count on our law firm to use the best experts from throughout the nation as we build your case, make your case a priority, beat the insurance company to the scene of an accident, and travel to your location. We have recovered seven- and eight-figure results and have received multiple recognitions and accolades. 

Schedule Your Free Case Consultation

If you need an attorney to help you to understand your rights after losing a loved one in a preventable accident caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another, you can count on our law firm. You can reach our Hanover wrongful death lawyers by phone or online at your convenience and schedule your free consultation. We will go to you and always work on a contingency fee basis.