Manchester Wrongful Death Attorneys Answer FAQs
As Manchester wrongful death attorneys, we often receive questions from people who have lost a loved one due to the wrongful or negligent actions of another. In terms of the legal matters that may arise after a traumatic death, we've compiled a list of some questions that are frequently asked of us.
New Hampshire Wrongful Death Frequently Asked QuestionsAs New Hampshire wrongful death attorneys, we often receive questions from people who have lost a loved one due to the wrongful or negligent actions of another. The death of a loved one is difficult under normal circumstances, but when the death occurs as a result of someone else's fault, the death is traumatic for all involved. Often, family and friends have not had any time to say "good bye" and come to terms with the passing. In terms of the legal matters that may arise after a traumatic death, we have compiled a list of some questions that are frequently asked of us.
List of NH Wrongful Death FAQs*What occurs when the person dies before filing a personal injury lawsuit?
If your loved one was injured through no fault of their own and then died from those injuries, the law allows you to file a lawsuit to seek recovery of damages. If your loved one had a personal injury claim and then died due to causes that were not related to the injury accident, the personal injury claim will still be able to be pursued by the loved one's personal representative or estate executor.
*How are wrongful deaths handled criminally and civilly?
When someone is killed due to the wrongful or negligent actions of another, both civil and criminal cases may be filed separately. In a criminal case, the government seeks to punish the person responsible for your loved one's death if their behavior falls under those outlined in the state's criminal code. Civil law cases are filed by one person, such as you, against the person who caused the death, and civil wrongful death cases have to do with allegations of violating the rights and duties owed by people to others. As such, it is possible to file a wrongful death civil lawsuit even if criminal charges are not also filed. Similarly, both a criminal case and a civil lawsuit may proceed separately and simultaneously, and the burden of proof required in the civil matter is a lower one than that required of the prosecutor in the criminal action.
*Can punitive damages be recovered?
While some states allow the recovery of punitive damages in a wrongful death case, punitive damages are not recoverable under New Hampshire law.
*Do all states have the same wrongful death laws?
Wrongful death laws vary by state. New Hampshire has its own laws that may differ from those of another state.
*Is it possible to sue for wrongful death if my loved one never worked?
Yes, it is still possible to sue even if your loved one did not work. In that case, the question would be looking at the value of other contributions your loved one made to the family.
*Are damages for pain and suffering recoverable?
New Hampshire allows you to sue for the pain and suffering your loved one suffered prior to their death due to the injury.
*Is it possible to sue for the death of a child or elderly relative?
Yes, you can sue for either. The damages can still be considerable but will be looked at a bit differently.
* How Can I Contact New Hampshire Wrongful Death Attorneys?
When your loved one has died due to negligence, you will most likely need help to determine your rights under the law. For a free initial consultation, contact the Manchester wrongful death attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC at (603) 624-7200.