Vermont Wrongful Death Attorney
The sudden and unexpected death of a loved one creates immediate and long-lasting repercussions for the surviving family members. When the death is the result of another party’s negligence, family members will certainly feel anger but may not be inclined to immediately pursuing legal action.
Quick action in such cases, however, is critical because unlike most personal injury claims in which the statute of limitations in Vermont is three years, a party only has two years to file a wrongful death action. Need an Injury Lawyer Vermont understands that families need time to grieve, which is why our lawyers handle all of the paperwork and court filings in order to meet strict deadlines.
Our firm represents clients in communities all over Windham County, Addison County, Bennington County, Caledonia County, Chittenden County, Essex County, Rutland County, Grand Isle County, Washington County, Lamoille County, Windsor County, Orleans County, Franklin County, Orange County, and many others.
Vermont Wrongful Death Laws
Title 14 Vermont Statute § 1492 states that the person who files a wrongful death claim must be the deceased’s personal representative. Damages are for the benefit of a descendant’s surviving spouse and next of kin. When a personal representative is not designated in a person’s estate plan, the court may select a personal representative.
Damages in wrongful death cases may include:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of consortium
The Vermont wrongful death law prohibits recovery of damages in the estate of a child by a parent who neglected or refused to provide for a child during infancy or abandoned the child during infancy. It also prohibits recovery in the estate of a spouse by a person who neglected to support the spouse.
Causes of Wrongful Death in Vermont
Many different types of accidents can result in a person’s death. People who file wrongful death or survival actions will be required to prove that another party’s negligence caused the deaths of their loved ones.
Some of the most common causes of wrongful deaths in Vermont include:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Commercial Vehicles
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Uber/Ridesharing Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Workplace Accidents
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Vermont
Need an Injury Lawyer Vermont knows that no amount of money will ever fully make up for a loved one’s death. Wrongful death or survival actions, however, can help replace income that has been lost and achieve a certain level of closure to a very painful chapter in the lives of a family.
Our Vermont personal injury lawyers will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free, no obligation consultation. Our firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer all of your legal questions. We help residents and visitors in Essex, Jericho, Barre, South Burlington, St. Johnsbury, Burlington, Shelburne, Colchester, Swanton, Winooski, Bennington, Northfield, Barre, Brattleboro, St. Albans, Montpelier, Milton, Lyndon, Rutland, Hartford, St. Albans, Rockingham, Newport, Williston, Morristown, Vergennes, Middlebury, Waterbury, and several others.