It is never easy to lose a family member or loved one, especially when you have reason to believe that their death could have been prevented. The State of Vermont defines "wrongful death" as a death resulting from "the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another." The actions, or inactions, that led to the death of your loved one can be used as grounds for a wrongful death claim. At Biggam Fox Skinner, our Vermont wrongful death attorneys understand how difficult this time can be for you and your family, which is why we make every effort to help you hold those at fault accountable in your personal injury case.
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Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Vermont
In the state of Vermont, the personal representative of the deceased is the one who brings forth wrongful death actions against the responsible party. If the deceased had not named a personal representative, the court is able to appoint one. Damages awarded by the court are then distributed to the decedent's surviving kin, with exceptions.
Damages awarded provide compensation for:
Loss of earning capacity
Loss of companionship
Loss of provided services
If you have lost a loved on prematurely due to negligence or wrongdoing, then it is important for you to hold responsible parties accountable and recover maximum compensation.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Claims
There are many different types of wrongful death claims. Because there are so many different causes of wrongful death and because each case comes with its own unique circumstances, these types of claims can be extremely complex and often require an extensive knowledge of the law.
Common causes of wrongful deaths include:
It is incredibly important for you to hire an attorney who has extensive experience handling wrongful death claims. At Biggam Fox Skinner LLP, our attorneys are equipped and ready to fight for your family. What are your legal options? Contact our law firm today and get answers in a free, initial case evaluation!
The Statute of Limitations in Vermont
When it comes to wrongful death claims, it is important to be aware of the deadlines that must be met in order for the courts to hear the case. If the defendant was living outside the state, the claim must be filed within two years of the defendant returning to Vermont. If a criminal case was filed on similar facts, the claim must be filed within two years of the conviction. In all other situations, the claim must be filed within two years of the death. Whatever the conditions surrounding the death may be, our Vermont wrongful death attorneys can provide you with the legal counsel you need.
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