Wrongful death is the death of an individual resulting from the negligent, wonton, willful or reckless actions of others. There are many types of situations in which Massachusetts families could file wrongful death lawsuits to seek compensation for the damages that the deaths of their loved ones have caused them. From work-related accidents and medical errors to traffic collisions and watercraft incidents, the victims could suffer fatal and catastrophic injuries because other people were reckless or negligent. Some wrongful death cases involve airplane crashes, drownings, electrocutions, gas explosions, and excessive exposure to chemicals or toxic substances.
Large trucks are involved in 3.1 percent of fatal accidents on Massachusetts roads. Although this is below the national average of 8.3 percent, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2012, accidents with large trucks remain especially dangerous due to the size and weight of the commercial vehicles.
Officers from the Massachusetts State Police say that a pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 195 near the Braga Bridge. Police began receiving calls about an accident around 8:30 p.m. of a man who was hit by a 2004 Toyota in the westbound lanes.
On Dec. 19, 2013, a 77-year-old Boston woman was killed when a car struck her as she was crossing the intersection at Massachusetts Avenue and Orvis Road. She was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital but later died as a result of her injuries.
According to Massachusetts law, the administrator or executor of a deceased person has the right to seek the recovery of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the surviving spouse, children or next of kin if the defendant caused the death through a negligent, reckless, willful or wonton act. The action must be filed within three years of the death of the deceased or of the date when the administrator or executor became aware of the basis for an action.
Two people on a motorcycle, a father and his daughter, were killed in an accident in Massachusetts on Aug. 28. The incident occurred on Route 5 just south of East Street in East Hampton around 3:15 p.m. Police allege that the 45-year-old man inside the SUV that caused the crash had passed out, high on heroin, while driving.
A grand jury recently indicted a former tight end for the New England Patriots in connection with the murder of two men in 2012 a few blocks away from a Boston nightclub. The charges against the former football star include two counts of first degree murder and several counts of various levels of assault. He was also charged almost a year ago with another murder that took place in 2013 and is expected to stand trial for that murder before he stands trial for the new murder charges.
A driver who reportedly caused a fatal car accident in Massachusetts after striking an ambulance on Jan. 21 was arraigned on several charges on April 3. According to a report, the accident took place at the intersection of Green Street and Cape Road in Milford.
On April 1, a Pawtucket, Rhode Island, resident pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in connection with an accident that happened in Attleboro in 2012. The 33-year-old man involved has changed his plea and admitted responsibility for the accident. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 25 in Fall River Superior Court.
A Massachusetts man's family has been awarded a large settlement after a Suffolk County jury determined that a hospital was responsible for his death in August 2006. The plaintiffs argued that the man had a lethal heart ailment that was misdiagnosed, and instead, the man received treatment for a lung infection.