Need an Injury Lawyer for a Maine Wrongful Death Accident?
Anybody who has been involved in an accident knows that they’re lucky to walk away without injuries. You never think about how a life can be taken in the blink of an eye when it comes to traffic accidents; however, all too often, this is a reality in Maine. Fatal accidents happen every day on our roadways, like other states across the country. What do you do when your loved one has lost their life due to one of these horrific accidents? If your loved one has been killed, you may wonder where to turn. You have options, and we want to help you. However, you should always act quickly so that you can preserve your case from the very beginning.
How to Protect Rights After a Wrongful Death Accident
You don’t want to have to worry about financial stresses and so much more when you have just lost somebody close to you at the hands of a serious accident. However, because these cases are complex and confusing, you know that it will take patience to move forward in this desperate time. Here are some things to remember when you want to preserve your case:
- When it comes to the statute of limitations, every state has different laws. In Maine, you have two years from the point of your loved one’s passing to file a wrongful death claim to protect your rights and the rights of the one you lost. If your loved one spent time in the hospital after their accident for severe injuries, you would not start counting from there – not until after their death.
- Secure all records regarding your case so that you can show that you have very real losses, such as any medical treatment your loved one accumulated. You also want to keep witness statements, which can prove fault in an accident.
- Another way to prove that another party acted negligently is through the involvement of a police report. The police may have placed fault on a specific party after an investigation, which can be helpful to you.
Who Has the Ability to File?
After a wrongful death, you may wonder who is able to file one of these unique claims. Perhaps you heard that only the children or spouse of a loved one can file a claim. However, it depends on the rules of the state. In many states, the spouse, children, domestic partners, parents, and all of those close to the loved one are able to file. In other cases, only a personal representative of the estate can file, which means that the money will be placed in an account to be split accordingly amongst all those who have suffered.
Receiving Damages For Your Losses
Many people think that it is difficult to place a number on the loss of a loved one, especially if that person is a child. How do you account for everything that you have lost during this difficult time? The truth is, no amount of money will make everything all right. However, we can still help you move forward and receive damages that you deserve, such as lost wages when your loved one has not been able to work, medical expenses if they spent time in the hospital, funeral expenses after their death, and emotional suffering that the family has experienced. No matter what, we will stand by your side as you present evidence and move forward with your case. Your wrongful death suit is important to us and we want to help you every step of the way, so call us as soon as possible to get started.