Rhode Island Wrongful Death Lawyer

The untimely loss of a loved one is always devastating, but it’s especially difficult when the death could have been prevented. You may be eligible to recover damages for wrongful death in Rhode Island if you’ve experienced a death in your family caused by another’s negligent actions.

Causes Of Wrongful Deaths Is Rhode Island​

Wrongful deaths in Rhode Island commonly involve motor vehicles. Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents caused by impaired, distracted, or aggressive drivers can have tragic results. Other causes of wrongful deaths include:

Proving Negligence In A Rhode Island Wrongful Death Claim​

In a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff must show that the accident or event in question caused their loved one’s death and that the defendant’s negligence or recklessness led to the accident.

To prevail in a wrongful death action based on negligence, you must prove the following elements:

  1. The opposing party owed a duty of care.
  2. The opposing party breached that duty.
  3. The breach caused the injury.
  4. An injury occurred that would not have occurred without the breach.
  5. The death occurred because of that injury.

In some cases, more than one defendant may be named in a wrongful death suit. For example, a truck accident claim could name the driver and the trucking company as defendants. Depending on the specifics, it may also list the business responsible for maintaining the truck in good working order, the truck parts manufacturer, the cargo loader, or the company responsible for any hazardous materials the truck was transporting during the accident.

Your attorney will thoroughly investigate and help you identify all parties who may share liability for your family member’s death.

Compensation In Wrongful Death Claims​

Rhode Island guarantees a minimum recovery of $250,000 in damages for successful wrongful death lawsuits. However, the awarded amount could be much larger, depending on the circumstances.

Damages in personal injury cases may include compensation for the following:

  • Medical and end-of-life care for the deceased
  • Funeral expenses
  • Lost income and loss of future earnings that the deceased would have made over a lifetime
  • Pain and suffering of surviving family members
  • Loss of companionship or consortium

Filing A Wrongful Death Claim In Rhode Island​

It’s important to understand the timeline for filing a wrongful death claim in Rhode Island so you don’t miss out on compensation rightfully owed you. The statute of limitations in Rhode Island is generally three years from the date of the person’s death or, if the cause was not apparent at the time of death, three years from when the cause is or should have been discovered.

An attorney specializing in personal injury cases can help you determine how long you have to file suit, so don’t delay seeking legal counsel.

When you hire the team at Marasco & Nesselbush, we go to work for you by handling the necessary paperwork. We also investigate your claim and gather evidence supporting your negligence allegations. This may include:

  • Consulting accident reconstruction specialists, safety experts, and medical professionals to review your case
  • Gathering medical and autopsy reports
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses
  • Documenting the impact that your loved one’s death has had on you and your family
  • Examining insurance policies to determine sources of compensation
  • Estimating the value of your case based on both economic and non-economic losses
  • Negotiating the highest settlement possible with insurance companies
  • Presenting your case in court before a jury when the insurance company refuses to settle your case equitably

We offer four convenient locations in Rhode Island, including Providence, Warwick, Wakefield, and Woonsocket. Call for a free, confidential case consultation to learn how Marasco & Nesselbush can look out for your interests and protect your rights. Our wrongful death attorneys are standing by to hear from you. Chat live, complete the form, or call (401) 443-2999 today.

Frequently Asked Questions​

What Is the Difference Between Wrongful Death and Survival Action?

Wrongful death suits and survival actions are both types of personal injury lawsuits. The main difference is that wrongful death suits attempt to compensate the survivors of a victim’s family for their losses, while a survival action is filed on behalf of the deceased person’s estate to compensate for the injuries and losses they experienced during their lifetime.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Rhode Island?

The executor or administrator can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s family.

How Long Do I Have to Bring a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim generally may be filed up to three years following the person’s death, or if the cause of death is not readily apparent, within three years after that cause should have been discovered.

Why Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer?

Personal injury cases are complex, and those involving a death are even more complicated. They require deep knowledge of the laws, procedures, and statutes of limitations in Rhode Island. It takes considerable resources and time to build an effective wrongful death case that will result in a fair settlement or verdict for your family. This includes hiring expert witnesses, combing through documents, and negotiating with insurance companies.

When you’re grieving the loss of your loved one, a wrongful death attorney can handle the details of your case so you can focus on taking care of your family.

Contact A Rhode Island Wrongful Death Lawyer Today​

If you experienced a wrongful death in Rhode Island, it is important to consult with an attorney to determine what actions you can take to ensure you are compensated for your loss. The wrongful death lawyers at Marasco & Nesselbush are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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