Rhode Island Wrongful Death Cases

If you believe a Rhode Island Accident involves the wrongful death of a loved one, the persons entitled to recover monetary damages for the death as governed by Rhode Island Law. As a Rhode Island Wrongful Death Attorney  I will advise you as to who can recover when an individual dies in an accident. This is a complex issue, and depends upon the deceased person's family structure; (did they leave a widow, children, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, etc? ).  As an experienced Rhode Island Wrongful Death Lawyer I will be able to analyze the rights of survivors. Most Rhode Island Wrongful Death Accident Cases are settled before trial. If the wrongful death case settles, a single lump sum is agreed upon along with how it is distributed to the plaintiffs. If the wrongful death case goes to trial and there are multiple survivors as plaintiffs, the jury makes a single award and the judge determines what portion of the judgment is payable to whom. 

While damages in a wrongful death case must be reasonable, they are not limited in amount by Rhode Island statutes, except they must be "just". Rhode Island  case law has defined wrongful death damages to include future contributions the heirs would have received from the deceased family member, including the value of any personal service, advice or training, and the loss of love, companionship, comfort, affection, society, solace, moral support, monetary support, enjoyment of sexual relations and the loss of physical assistance in the home. Heirs in wrongful death cases may also be awarded interest on amounts they expend in funeral or related expenses and certain other recoverable damages.

In some wrongful death cases, damages (punitive damages) are awarded to punish the wrongdoer. While heirs may not usually recover wrongful death damages for their own sorrow, grief, anguish or mental suffering over the deceased's death, if they witnessed the accident they may have additional rights to recover for emotional distress in their own personal injury claim. 


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