When tragedy strikes and a loved one is taken from us due to another’s negligence, the grief can be overwhelming. Amidst this sorrow, you need trusted and compassionate professionals to guide you through the legal system. At Lowry & Associates, our dedicated Maine wrongful death lawyers are here to stand by your side.
File a Maine Wrongful Death Suit With Lowry & Associates
When the unimaginable happens, the aftermath can be a maze of emotions, legal complexities, and uncertainties. Trusting your wrongful death claim to a dedicated law firm is important for obtaining justice and finding support and guidance during such a challenging time.
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Our lawyers, backed by years of experience and impressive track records, can confidently handle your wrongful death case.
We genuinely care about and understand the emotional trauma you are going through.
Our firm has consistently achieved remarkable results for our clients.
Understanding Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Maine
Losing a loved one is a profound tragedy, and when that loss results from someone else’s negligence or wrongful act, the pain is often met with feelings of injustice. In Maine, the legal system provides a pathway for families to seek compensation for such losses.
What is a Wrongful Death Under Maine Law?
In Maine, wrongful death refers to the untimely passing of a person resulting from the negligence or intentional actions of another party, be it an individual or an entity. Essentially, it emphasizes that the death would not have happened if it weren’t for the wrongful actions of another party.
Consider a scenario where a person is involved in a car accident. If the other driver was under the influence, distracted, or simply not adhering to the rules of the road and this led to a fatal crash, that could be classified as a wrongful death. The responsible party, in this case, might be the intoxicated or distracted driver.
Each situation is unique, but the common thread binding them is the preventability of death had proper care been taken.
Who Is Eligible to File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Maine?
Any number of people can file a wrongful death case in Maine. Depending on the circumstances, it could be a surviving spouse, child, sibling, or even a non-family member, such as a domestic partner. The court needs to determine the most appropriate personal representative of the deceased’s estate, and then that representative can bring the case on behalf of the family member beneficiaries. The personal representative is typically the executor of the deceased’s estate if they left a will. If there is no will, other beneficiaries can ask to be personal representatives.
The personal representative files and pursues the wrongful death lawsuit to benefit the deceased person’s heir(s), which usually include the surviving spouse and/or children. However, if there is no surviving spouse or children, other relatives, such as parents, siblings, or other more distant relatives, may receive shares of the compensation.
Deadline To File a Wrongful Death Claim in Maine
In Maine, you generally have two years from the date of the person’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations. Missing this deadline can jeopardize your chances of securing any compensation you may deserve. Even though the deadline is two years, you should not wait. The probate process can take a long time, and usually, you need to have a probate court appoint a personal representative before you file your lawsuit. Contacting a wrongful death lawyer in Maine from Lowry & Associates can help ensure no deadlines are missed and that your rights are protected.
Damages Awarded for Wrongful Death
The repercussions of a wrongful death extend far beyond the immediate pain of losing a loved one. The financial toll it can take on a family is often substantial. Thankfully, the legal system in Maine provides avenues for families to claim compensation, easing some of the burdens they face.
Types of Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
Compensation in wrongful death claims can cover:
- Medical bills.
- Funeral expenses.
- Pain and suffering of the deceased.
- Loss of companionship.
- Loss of future earnings.
Who Receives Wrongful Death Damages in Maine?
Typically, damages are distributed to the deceased’s closest surviving family members, such as a spouse, children, or parents, depending on the specifics of the case.
Having Legal Representation Is Important
Wrongful death lawsuits can be overwhelming, especially during a time of grief and loss. Having seasoned legal professionals by your side ensures that the rights and interests of your family are protected.
Trust Our Lawyers To Fight for Your Family’s Rights
At Lowry & Associates, our dedicated attorneys, like James C. Beardsley, Mary K. Larsen, Ashley H. Winslow, and Colin B. Reilly, bring unique experiences and expertise to the table. Whether it’s the insight gained from criminal law, a deep-rooted passion for justice, or a rich history of ensuring deserving settlements, our team has it all. You can trust us to uphold your rights and work tirelessly for the justice your loved one deserves.
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Everyone was very understanding, and they all knew me by my first name, it was a very comfortable place to go!-Bonnie M.
Throughout the duration of my case, everyone I have dealt with in your firm has been very kind, courteous and very helpful. My lawyer did not give up and fought for what was rightfully owed to me, even though the process was timely. I am 100% percent satisfied with the service I was provided with. The case went smooth, and I was always treated with respect and courtesy. I thought I wouldn’t have been treated so well being a younger client!-Taryn W.
I felt very comfortable with Don representing me. I feel he did the very best job possible. I was also very thankful to have a lawyer with as much experience in these types of cases as Don does. Thanks again.-Diane G.
Thank you for all the help on my case. The entire staff at Lowry & Associates really delivers an outstanding service!-Richard S.
I feel the firm handled my case in an honest and professional way. I am very happy with my results and would use your firm in the future (though hopefully I won’t have to!)-Robyn B.
Jennifer was the one whom I spoke with the most and she was excellent in handling everything including being a very sweet and caring person.-Valerie H.
From what I have seen over the past couple of years, your firm is represented by a professional team who treat their clients honestly, fairly, and with dignity. I am so glad I switched to your firm!-Denise R.
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Contact a Maine Wrongful Death Lawyer
In the face of unspeakable loss, know that our Maine wrongful death lawyers at Lowry & Associates are here to help you. If you believe your loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact us or call (207) 222-2222. Whether you’re in Portland, Bangor, or anywhere else in Maine, let our team help you find the justice and closure you deserve.