The tragedy of losing a family member because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence creates an emotional trauma and financial burden that can be almost unbearable. The attorneys at Kenney & Fisher understand and are available to provide you with the advice and assistance you need to protect your rights.
As wrongful death lawyers, we know these issues are not easy to discuss. We know that most people understandably do not want to relive a tragedy, and certainly do not want to catalogue the innumerable ways your loved one’s absence has effected everyone in your family. We can help you by collecting this information for you.
Here are some basic facts. First, there are two different kinds of lawsuits that can be brought in these circumstances; they are often brought at the same time. One is a “survival action,” and the other is a “wrongful death” action. If the facts allow it, these two lawsuits are always brought at the same time.
A Survival Action requires the person responsible for your family member’s death to pay the estate of the deceased loved one for the medical care, the lost income and the pain and suffering that he or she suffered before he or she died. This cause of action is codified under Title 14 of Vermont Statutes Annotated, section 1453 (14 V.S.A. §1453).
The second cause of action is an action for Wrongful Death. The statute is found at 14 V.S.A. §1491. As wrongful death attorneys, we will fight for compensation that is appropriate for your loss, including the loss of a loving relationship and the companionship that brings. There are many factors that go into these kinds of losses. Some of the factors we focus on are:
- The physical support your loved one provided;
- The emotional support he or she gave;
- The psychological relationship between you and your lost child, parent or sibling.
Contact Kenney and Fisher for a free initial consultation.
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