The loss of a family member due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party is heartbreaking. During this difficult time, Karns & Kerrison understands that you may be experiencing grief, sadness, anger, and confusion. We can take on your legal burdens and get a wrongful death claim underway while giving you the time and space needed to move through the grieving process.
Wrongful death is similar to any personal injury claim, only it is brought by the family, estate, or another interested party after someone is killed in an accident. Under the statutes of limitation in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, a wrongful death claim must be filed within three years from the date of your loved one's death.
Contact Karns & Kerrison online or call (888) 281-3100 to learn more. We offer free, confidential consultations.
What Is A Wrongful Death Claim?
When someone's negligent or willful actions take the life of another, the surviving family may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased relative. A wrongful death claim is a civil action that can be brought even if a criminal charge or conviction has not been obtained.
These claims may be filed against a wide variety of parties, including corporations, employers, the government, the negligent driver in a fatal car accident, doctors or hospitals responsible for medical malpractice, or the manufacturer of a defective product.
Wrongful death laws can be complex. Generally, they permit surviving spouses, children, heirs, or next of kin to receive financial compensation for:
- The lost income of the decedent
- Medical costs
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages, in some cases
Representing Clients in All Types of Wrongful Death Cases
We represent clients in Providence, Middletown, and throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts in accidental death cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Dog bites and attacks
- Slip-and-fall accidents such as falls from roofs
- Construction accidents, including heavy machinery accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Brain injury followed by death shortly thereafter
Fatal Car Accidents Lawyers Offering Compassionate & Reliable Legal Services
With more than 85 years of collective experience, the Rhode Island wrongful death attorneys at Karns & Kerrison put a priority on providing exemplary legal counsel and advocacy. We are veteran trial lawyers whose reputation and experience in the courtroom have enabled us to secure large verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients who have suffered devastating personal injuries or lost loved ones as the result of someone else's negligence.
Contact Our Rhode Island Attorneys for Accidental Death Cases
If a loved one was killed because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, we would like to extend our condolences. We also encourage you to call or email us to speak with one of our attorneys about your options in pursuing a wrongful death claim. Cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. We will not ask for attorneys' fees until and unless we win compensation for you.
Do you need a wrongful death lawyer in Rhode Island or Massachusetts? Contact Karns & Kerrison at (888) 281-3100 today.
Car Accident Traumatic Brain InjuryI would definitely recommend Karns & Kerrison to anyone who asked - they come through for you.
- Patricia Feeley
Slipped on Greasy FloorI have no reservations whatsoever in recommending Karns & Kerrison.
- Mike Carey
Rear End CollisionNothing but positive results from consultation, to filing the legal suit, handling of a major operation, to recovery and finalizing a generous settlement.
- Larry Goldfarb
Horrible Car AccidentThey not only got me a fair settlement, they helped to get me well.
Motor Vehicle Accident - Braga BridgeIt was comforting to know I had someone watching out for me.
- Jeanie Small
Pedestrian hit by CarI did not know where to turn when I realized I needed legal help but I am very happy that I found Karns & Kerrison.