Each state makes its own laws governing injury cases, including the amount of damages a victim can receive and how long victims have to bring a legal claim. In Rhode Island, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is within three years of the date of the victim’s death. If survivors do not file a lawsuit before this deadline, the complaint may be dismissed by the judge, and the negligent party will not have to pay any losses.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait to File a Wrongful Death Claim
Although three years may seem like a long time, it’s almost always better to speak with a wrongful death attorney right away. Consulting with a legal representative as soon as possible after the unexpected loss of a loved one can significantly improve your chances of getting justice and compensation for your loss.
Your attorney can provide invaluable guidance during this time by:
- Gathering evidence. The sooner you meet with an attorney, the easier it will be to track down witnesses, documentation, photographs, surveillance video, and other evidence that may be lost after a few months.
- Determining negligence. A lawyer can examine the details of your case to determine all responsible parties such as an at-fault driver, trucking company, or a negligent third party.
- Protecting you from common mistakes. Grieving family members are often unprepared for the underhanded tactics insurance companies use to avoid blame. An attorney can shield you from giving evidence that will hurt your claim and help you avoid other common mistakes that victims often make.
- Negotiating on your behalf. Your attorney can handle all communication with an insurance company, fighting to recover the full amount of losses associated with your loved one’s death, including funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, lost past and future wages and benefits, and pain and suffering.
The attorneys at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum take injury cases on a contingent basis, meaning we charge nothing up front and only collect our fees when and if we secure your compensation. Let us answer your questions and help you get the compensation and closure you deserve. Contact us today via our online form to schedule your initial consultation with a wrongful death lawyer.