Wrongful Death Lawyer

Loss of a Family Member: Helping Families Pursue Compensation

Losing a family member is possibly one of the most traumatic and emotionally-wrenching experiences that you can endure. Coping with the loss causes immense grief, anger and despair and we understand that. If the loss was caused by the negligent or reckless conduct of another person, these feelings can be further compounded.

If your family member was killed because of the negligent or reckless conduct of another person or entity, please allow us to help you hold that party accountable for their actions.

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The Snow Law Firm provides families with compassionate and experienced representation in wrongful death actions throughout Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts. Although no amount of money will ever be able to compensate you for your loss, a wrongful death settlement can help families who have suffered financial difficulties because of the loss.

Under Massachusetts law, you are entitled to collect compensation for reasonable funeral and burial expenses, as well as the loss of the deceased’s expected income, services, companionship, comfort and care. Attorney Steven Snow has 30 years of experience in this area of the law, and he has the dedication, experience and skill to secure the best possible results in your case.

30 Years of Experience in Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death claims arise in a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • Texting While Driving    On-the-Job Accidents
  • Slip-and-Fall Accidents
  • Defective Products
  • Medical Malpractice

A wrongful death claim is brought by the estate of the deceased against individuals, corporations, businesses, municipalities, government agencies or any other entity whose negligence caused death. These cases often require attorneys to find excess or umbrella insurance coverage, dram shop or liquor liability coverage, or to investigate other potential defendants who may be liable to the estate.

Attorney Steven Snow works personally with every client to address their concerns and further explain the process. He uses his expertise in wrongful death cases to determine if negligence caused your family member’s death, and in finding all of the insurance coverage available to compensate your decedent’s estate. An accomplished trial attorney, he is always ready to take your case to court and has a proven ability to secure the maximum amount of compensation available by settlement or at trial.

The firm handles all wrongful death claims on a contingent fee basis. This means that Attorney Snow receives compensation for his services only if you receive a settlement, an award or a jury verdict in your favor.

Massachusetts Wrongful Death Statue:

M.G.L. c. 229, § 2 Wrongful death; damages

Section 2. A person who (1) by his negligence causes the death of a person, or (2) by willful, wanton or reckless act causes the death of a person under such circumstances that the deceased could have recovered damages for personal injuries if his death had not resulted, or (3) operates a common carrier of passengers and by his negligence causes the death of a passenger, or (4) operates a common carrier of passengers and by his willful, wanton or reckless act causes the death of a passenger under such circumstances that the deceased could have recovered damages for personal injuries if his death had not resulted, or (5) is responsible for a breach of warranty arising under Article 2 of chapter one hundred and six which results in injury to a person that causes death, shall be liable in damages in the amount of: (1) the fair monetary value of the decedent to the persons entitled to receive the damages recovered, as provided in section one, including but not limited to compensation for the loss of the reasonably expected net income, services, protection, care, assistance, society, companionship, comfort, guidance, counsel, and advice of the decedent to the persons entitled to the damages recovered; (2) the reasonable funeral and burial expenses of the decedent; (3) punitive damages in an amount of not less than five thousand dollars in such case as the decedent's death was caused by the malicious, willful, wanton or reckless conduct of the defendant or by the gross negligence of the defendant; except that (1) the liability of an employer to a person in his employment shall not be governed by this section, (2) a person operating a railroad shall not be liable for negligence in causing the death of a person while walking or being upon such railroad contrary to law or to the reasonable rules and regulations of the carrier and (3) a person operating a street railway or electric railroad shall not be liable for negligence for causing the death of a person while walking or being upon that part of the street railway or electric railroad not within the limits of a highway. A person shall be liable for the negligence or the willful, wanton or reckless act of his agents or servants while engaged in his business to the same extent and subject to the same limits as he would be liable under this section for his own act. Damages under this section shall be recovered in an action of tort by the executor or administrator of the deceased. An action to recover damages under this section shall be commenced within three years from the date of death, or within three years from the date when the deceased's executor or administrator knew, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence, should have known of the factual basis for a cause of action, or within such time thereafter as is provided by section four, four B, nine or ten of chapter two hundred and sixty.

Frequently Asked Questions

In Massachusetts, the only person who can file a wrongful death lawsuit is the Executor, Administrator, and likely now the Personal Representative of the deceased person’s estate. The Executor, Administrator, or Personal Representative is typically the person named in the deceased person’s will or is appointed by the court if the person did not have a will.  This is responsible for paying the deceased person’s final debts, administering the estate, and engaging counsel to handle any wrongful death claim.

Wrongful death claims are brought against a defendant who has caused someone’s death, either through negligence or as a result of some intentional action. Wrongful death claims permit the estate to file a lawsuit against the party that is legally liable for the death.

Call for a Free Consultation

Call the Snow Law Firm today at (508) 477-7100 or contact the firm online to schedule a free consultation. From his office in Mashpee, as a wrongful death lawyer, Attorney Steven Snow represents clients in wrongful death cases throughout Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts, including clients residing in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Middlesex, Plymouth and Suffolk Counties.

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