Rhode Island Injury Lawyer Providing Caring Representation in Wrongful Death Cases
The Pawtucket law office of Raymond A. Pacia has significant experience handling wrongful death actions in Rhode Island. We understand that losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences a person may endure, especially when the loss occurs suddenly and could have been prevented. By providing strong legal support and treating clients with compassion, we strive to help our clients overcome tragedy and obtain the legal remedy they deserve.
Pawtucket Attorney Explains Rhode Island Wrongful Death Law
Under Rhode Island's wrongful death law, when a death is caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of another, the executor or administrator of the deceased person may maintain an action for damages if the deceased person could have brought a personal injury claim (had he or she lived) for the same act that resulted in death. Recoverable damages include medical expenses, diminution of earning power until time of death, and pain and suffering prior to death. These damages are distributed to the deceased person's spouse and children, or next of kin.
A deceased person's surviving spouse, parents and children may also bring actions for loss of society and companionship, which includes:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental society and companionship (even if the son or daughter is over the age of 18 and no longer a minor)
- Loss of a child's society and companionship
In Rhode Island, there is a minimum recovery amount in wrongful death cases, which means properly identifying and calculating damages is a more involved and complex process than in most personal injury cases. At the law office of Ray Pacia, we understand how to account for damages―and obtain a maximum award―while allowing grieving families to focus on their emotional recovery.
Punitive damages are damages in addition to compensatory damages (those recoverable for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering) that are intended to stop the defendant from acting in a certain way. They are generally awarded when the defendant's behavior was egregiously negligent or reckless. In Rhode Island, punitive damages may be available in a wrongful death action if such damages would have been recoverable had the victim survived.
We help clients pursue punitive damages when they may be available, which can greatly increase the amount of a recovery award.
Talk to an Experienced Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer in Rhode Island
If your family has lost a loved one in an accident, please contact the law office of Ray Pacia in Pawtucket for a free consultation and interview. We handle wrongful death actions on a contingency fee basis, so you do not need to worry about paying legal fees until we recover compensation on your behalf.