Steven H. Schafer & Associates helps people exercise their rights when a family member has died due to negligence and carelessness.
No amount of money could ever replace a parent, spouse, sibling or child, but justice requires that wrongdoers be held accountable and that action be taken to prevent other families from suffering similar losses.
Wrongful death claims can fall under one of the following areas of personal injury law:
We can help you determine your legal rights as beneficiaries and fight for the justice you deserve.
If a member of your family passed away because of some one else’s negligence or carelessness, your family may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
Statute of Limitations. Generally, Massachusetts provides three years for survivors and next of kin to file a wrongful death claim, but the facts of your particular case may result in less time or special notice requirements. Due to the time necessary to properly gather evidence and investigate a case before filing suit, and the need to preserve evidence, you should retain an attorney immediately upon suspecting the basis for a wrongful death claim.
From the inception of a case, we consider the types of “demonstrative evidence” that will bring alive key pieces of evidence and help a jury understand your case.
In wrongful death cases, we work closely with your family to identify significant pieces of memorabilia – such as photographs, videos, cards, letters, diplomas, certifications, crafts and the like - that best dignify the accomplishments of the person who has passed away and the loving relationships that have been lost. We obtain academic transcripts, personnel files and earnings information to establish the economic loss to the family.
Please see How Evidence Wins Cases, as well as pages pertaining to our Areas of Practice for other examples.
We have 25 years experience in winning wrongful death cases:
We are sorry for your loss and know how to fight for the justice your family deserves.