Boston Wrongful Death Attorneys

The sudden loss of a loved one due to another’s negligence can leave you facing difficult questions:

  • How do I get my family through this?
  • How will I pay for medical and funeral expenses?
  • How will I feed my family moving forward?

The experienced Boston injury attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have helped grieving spouses, parents and children throughout Massachusetts secure the financial peace of mind they need and justice they deserve for more than 40 years. If you lost a family member due to a reckless driver, defective product, medical error or other act of negligence, please call us at 888-979-9323 to learn how we can help you.

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Wrongful Death Overview

Wrongful Death and Traffic Accidents

Other Types of Wrongful Death Cases

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Massachusetts?

Under the Massachusetts wrongful death statute, “the executor or administrator of the deceased” is eligible to file a wrongful death case in court. This may be a person designated by the deceased in a will, or, lacking that, someone appointed to bring a claim on behalf of eligible beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries in wrongful death cases may include the victim’s spouse and any children. If the victim had no spouse or children, then parents and subsequently other family members may pursue a claim for compensation. Back to Overview

Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases

There are countless costs associated with the wrongful death of a loved one, both financial and emotional. Compensation may include money for:

  • Medical costs prior to death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering

No amount of money can truly compensate for the loss of a beloved family member. But a successful wrongful death claim can provide you and your family with the financial peace of mind you need to cope with the resulting expenses and move forward with your lives. Back to Overview

A Proven Record in Wrongful Death Cases

The Boston attorneys at the Kiley Law Group are proud to advocate for the families of wrongful death victims, and our lawyers have an extensive record of success in these cases. Recent wrongful death awards include:

  • Nearly $4 million for the family of a man who died due to medical malpractice
  • $3 million for the family of a child killed in a drunk driving accident
  • $1 million for the family of a teenager who suffered a drowning death
  • $500,000 for the family of a man who died in a jet ski accident

Our attorneys understand the needs of families facing these difficult circumstances, and we’re here to guide and support your through this challenging time. Please contact us today for a free consultation if you lost a loved one due to another’s negligence. Back to Overview

Bike Accidents

Bicyclists have very little protection in the event of a collision with a motor vehicle. When a car or truck strikes a bicyclist, the consequences are often fatal. If that collision was caused by the negligence of the motor vehicle driver, the family may be eligible to pursue a wrongful death case to recover damages.

Bicycle accidents are often the result of a motor vehicle operator failing to notice or properly yield to the person on the bike. Kiley Law Group has more than 40 years of experience representing the families of wrongful death victims, and we have handled a number of bike accident-related claims in that time. If you believe a family was killed due to the carelessness of another driver, please contact our attorneys today for a free consultation. Back to Wrongful Death and Traffic Accidents

Car Accidents

Car accidents are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and car accidents are likewise a leading basis for wrongful death claims. If a loved one died from injuries sustained in an auto accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, and other damages by filing a wrongful death claim.

The Boston attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have helped families of wrongful death victims from across Massachusetts recover the financial security they need to cope with unforeseen expenses and move forward with their lives. Our lawyers have earned a number of multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts in wrongful death cases related to car accidents, and we’re here to help guide you through this challenging time. Back to Wrongful Death and Traffic Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders do not have the same level of protection as those in passenger vehicles, and motorcyclists face greater risk of severe injuries and death in the event of an accident. In fact, research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that motorcyclists are eight times more likely to be injured and 39 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants.

Sadly, many fatal motorcycle accidents are the result of the negligence of other motor vehicle drivers. If you lost a family member due to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver’s recklessness, please contact Kiley Law Group today for a free case consultation. Our lawyers have more than three decades of success recovering the compensation the families of wrongful death victims need to restore their lives. Back to Wrongful Death and Traffic Accidents

Pedestrian Accidents

Like bicycle accidents and motorcycle accidents, collisions involving pedestrians all too often result in death to an innocent person with minimal protection against the crash. Though pedestrian accidents are frequently the result of a driver’s negligence, dangerous roadways or poorly designed intersections may also contribute to these tragic collisions.

If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to discuss your case with an attorney who has experience in both traffic accidents and wrongful death cases. At Kiley Law Group, our lawyers have been fighting for injury victims and their families for more than 40 years, recovering more than $400 million in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Please contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Back to Wrongful Death and Traffic Accidents

Truck Accidents

Tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks are involved in thousands of deadly accidents every year and the victims are most often those in passenger vehicles. In some semi-truck accidents, however, it can be difficult to pin liability on a single party.

The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have an extensive background in cases involving commercial vehicles. We understand the challenges of negotiating with trucking companies’ insurance providers and lawyers, and we know how to recover fair compensation on your behalf so you and your family have the peace of mind necessary to move forward. Back to Wrongful Death and Traffic Accidents

Defective Products

From children’s toys to motor vehicle parts to medications and medical devices, consumers expect the products they use—and in some cases rely on for their quality of life—to be well-designed, adequately tested and safe. Unfortunately, defective products injure or kill thousands of innocent people every year.

When a person’s death is the result of poor design, a manufacturing defect or a failure to provide adequate instructions or warnings, those responsible may be held accountable via a wrongful death case. The lawyers at the Kiley Law Group have several decades of experience with the intricacies of product liability and wrongful death law, and we have helped the families of numerous wrongful death victims pursue the financial security they need to move past this difficult time. Back to Other Case Types

Drowning

Drowning accidents can turn families’ lives upside down in an instant. Some of these accidents are simply that; lapses in judgment in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, many drowning incidents are the result of negligence, such as inadequate safety precautions at a pool or water park.

When drowning is caused by another’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for funeral and burial costs and other damages with a wrongful death claim. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have decades of experience guiding the families of wrongful death victims through this challenging process and recovering the financial security they need to move forward. Back to Other Case Types

Fatal Work Accidents

On-the-job accidents kill thousands of people every year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and pursuing financial compensation for medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and other damages in these circumstances can be extremely challenging without a knowledgeable attorney by your side. Work-related accident deaths can stem from a number of causes, including:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Heavy machinery accidents
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Hazardous material exposure
  • Fire or chemical burns

Wrongful death cases related to workplace injuries can be complicated because of the multiple layers of insurance agencies, as well as laws related to workers’ compensation. These cases may also involve a negligent third party. If a family member died in an accident while on the job, please call the Kiley Law Group today for your free case consultation; we can help you understand your options and guide you through this traumatic time. Back to Other Case Types

Medication Errors

Despite regulations concerning prescription drugs and their administration, medication errors remain a persistent and sometimes fatal problem. Improper dosages, incorrect labeling and even the entirely wrong medications are responsible for far too many deaths.

Medication errors can be made by prescribing doctors, administering nurses or pharmacists filling a prescription. The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group have a proven record of success in medical malpractice and wrongful death cases, and we are here to help you recover the financial peace of mind you and your family need. Please contact us for your free case consultation. Back to Other Case Types

Child Victims of Wrongful Death

No parents should have to grieve the loss of their child, especially when the child’s life is cut short due to another’s negligence. While no amount of compensation can bring your child back, the attorneys at the Kiley Law Group can help you recover some degree of peace and financial security.

We are aggressive advocates for child injury victims and for families of children who suffered wrongful death. Our lawyers have achieved a number of multimillion-dollar awards in child death cases, including more than $3 million for a family whose child was killed in a motor vehicle accident, $3 million for a family whose child died as a result of injuries sustained in a drunk driving accident and $1 million for the family of a child who died in a drowning accident. If you believe your child’s death was caused by another’s carelessness, please contact us for a free consultation. Back to Other Case Types

  • Proven Results
    $3.5 Million
    18 year-old man who suffered a head injury in a motor vehicle accident
  • Proven Results
    $5.6 Million
    68 year-old man who suffered a head injury in a motor vehicle accident

Our Wrongful Death Results

Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death Claim – $3.85 Million Settlement

Our law firm represented the family of the decedent, a 34-year-old man, who had been diagnosed with and tragically passed away from Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease (BAVD), a congenital heart condition that results in the narrowing of the aortic valve.

This condition was diagnosed during a regularly scheduled physical examination that the decedent underwent. Upon learning of his diagnosis, the decedent followed up with a cardiologist, who he treated with over the course of five years. The cardiologist monitored his BAVD and noted how the decedent would eventually require aortic valve replacement surgery.

However, the cardiologist continued to delay in proceeding with this necessary, lifesaving aortic valve replacement surgery, even in light of diagnostic evidence exhibited by the decedent’s quickly narrowing aortic valve. The failure of the cardiologist to proceed with the lifesaving aortic valve replacement surgery was the direct and proximate cause of the decedent’s tragic and untimely death.

We obtained a $3,850,000.00 settlement on behalf of the decedent’s widow and his two young children.

The settlement award represents a sum to compensate the family for their husband and father’s financial support over his lifetime and to compensate his wife and children for the loss of companionship, society and guidance.

Click here to read a press release with additional information about this settlement.

Please note that each case is different. To find out what your case may be worth, speak with us today. 

Wrongful Death of Child in Drunk Driving Accident – $3.1 Million Settlement

Our firm represented the father of a 4-year-old boy who suffered fatal injuries when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was rear ended by a car operated by a drunk driver.

Prior to the accident, the intoxicated driver was drinking at a local restaurant. We established that the driver was over-served by the bartender who knew or should have known that he was intoxicated but continued to serve him drinks. Following impact the decedent was ejected from his vehicle, sustaining fatal injuries.

We obtained a $3.1 million dollar settlement for the surviving parents. The majority of the funds were paid by the insurance company for the restaurant.

The award represents a sum to compensate to the parents for emotional distress and loss of the society and companionship of their son.

Drowning Death of 16-Year-Old Boy – $1 Million Settlement

A 16-year-old boy died as a result of a drowning accident in a tidal river due to a school’s negligence.

How Did the Accident Occur?

The teenager was a student at a prep school which allowed its students to swim in a tidal river without supervision. The school did not provide lifeguards or lifesaving equipment. The student tragically drowned while in the river.

Wrongful Death Case

The boy’s mother sued the school for the wrongful death of the boy and was awarded a $1,000,000 settlement. Her son was an inner city kid on scholarship at the prep school, and was known as an outstanding student athlete. He would have been the first member of his family to attend college.

Wrongful Death of Teenage Girl – $855,000 Settlement

An 18-year-old girl died from a head injury sustained in a golf cart rollover accident.

What Happened

The teenage girl was a golf cart passenger who was fatally injured when the golf cart rolled over. The force of the impact caused the girl to strike her head on the road surface and sustain a traumatic head injury.

Liability Issues

The golf cart was one of the many supplied to purchasers of the condominium at a lakeside resort to be used by owners as means of local transportation.

The golf cart had been modified by the addition of two rear seats. The golf cart rolled over because the added extra seats impacted the gravity center of the cart, making it more prone to rollovers.

As a result of this accident, the young victim lost her life due to injuries sustained when the cart rolled over. Our clients were the parents the teenage girl who received a settlement of $855,000 for the wrongful death of their loved one. The manufacturer’s modifier and retailer of the golf cart contributed to the settlement.

Wrongful Death of Passenger in Motorcycle Accident – $450,000 Settlement

Our client was operating his motorcycle on a highway with his wife as a passenger when they were cut-off by a vehicle. In order to avoid a collision, our client changed into another lane, where he then impacted with a stopped vehicle that was blocking the lane.

Both our client and his wife were ejected from the motorcycle upon impact. Our client sustained extensive injuries, including a fractured left scapula, fractured right arm, fractured ribs, a spinal fracture, lacerated spleen and left kidney, fractured right hip and a laceration to his right eyelid. His wife sustained fatal injuries and died as a result of the collision.

Our firm represented the operator of the motorcycle for his personal injury claim as well as the family on behalf of his late wife in a wrongful death claim. We were able to obtain a total settlement of $450,000.00 for the maximum insurance coverage available for both cases.

Fatal Injuries from Motorcycle Accident – $270,000 Settlement

A driver’s negligence resulting in a motorcycle accident lead to the wrongful death of a 52-year-old motorcyclist.

What Happened

The motorcyclist was traveling on his Harley Davidson motorcycle when he was cut off at an intersection by a senior driver in a car making a left turn without warning.

As the motorcyclist tried to avoid a collision, he was ejected from his motorcycle and flew over the car, landing yards away. He sustained fatal motorcycle crash injuries and died as a result of this motor vehicle accident.

Wrongful Death Case

The motorcyclist’s injuries sustained during the accident resulted in his wrongful death.

The victim’s family hired us to represent them in a wrongful death case, in which we obtained a $270,000 settlement for his family.

How a Massachusetts Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help

If your loved one has been killed in a similar motorcycle collision, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney who can examine all aspects of your accident.

After an initial evaluation of your motorcycle accident case, your Boston motorcycle accident lawyer will be able determine the strength of your claim and identify all liable parties.

Fatal Injuries to Passenger in Motorcycle Accident – $125,000 Settlement

Our client was operating his motorcycle with his girlfriend as a passenger when they were struck by the defendant, who turned left from the oncoming lane of traffic into their path of travel.

Upon impact, our client and his girlfriend were thrown from the motorcycle. Our client sustained injuries to his left knee, foot and hand. His girlfriend suffered fatal injuries as a result of the impact.

We represented both the motorcyclist for his personal injuries and the family of his late girlfriend in a wrongful death claim. We obtained a total settlement of $125,000.00 for the maximum insurance coverage available for both of these claims.

Contact a Boston Wrongful Death Attorney

The Boston attorneys at the Kiley Law Group know that coping with the loss of a loved one is a devastating process that is only amplified when that death is the result of a careless driver, defective product or medical error. Our accomplished lawyers are here to represent you and your family in pursuit of the financial peace of mind you need to pick up the pieces and move forward with your lives. We allow you to focus on the grieving process, and we never charge for our services unless we collect for you. Time is of the essence in wrongful death cases; please call us today at 888-979-9323 for your free consultation.