Wrongful Death

There is no experience in life comparable to the loss of a loved one. When that devastating tragedy has to be processed through the legal system, the experience is even worse. Winer and Bennett, LLP offers its clients experienced and compassionate legal counsel for handling wrongful death claims.

Wrongful death claims arise when the death of an individual is caused by the wrongful behavior of someone else. These claims are typically filed by a living relative appointed by the Probate Court to represent the deceased. New Hampshire’s wrongful death statute, RSA 556:12, sets out what losses are to be recouped by the estate of the deceased. The compensable losses under our law consist of:

  1. the mental and physical pain experienced by the deceased,
  2. the medical and burial expenses caused by the injury,
  3. the value of the decedent’s loss of probable duration and enjoyment of life, and
  4. the net loss to the estate from the loss of the deceased income.

The spouse of a wrongful death victim is entitled to compensation of up to $150,000.00 for the damage to the marital relationship. The minor child of a victim is entitled to compensation of up to $50,000.00 for the loss of the parental relationship.

Handling wrongful death claims requires a great deal of legal knowledge and skill. The attorneys at Winer and Bennett, LLP are well-prepared to represent clients with wrongful death cases. Your case will be handled in a compassionate and attentive fashion, with an eye toward resolving the matter as quickly and favorably as possible.