Providence Wrongful Death Attorney

The sudden and unexpected death of a family member is always painful. But when the life of someone you love has been cut short unnecessarily because of some other person’s wrongdoing, it is even more difficult for you and your family to bear. Your frustration and anguish when you know that the death could have been prevented add immeasurably to your suffering. When the grief caused by your loss is compounded by financial devastation because your family relied on the deceased person as your primary breadwinner, you may wonder if you’ll ever be able to recover. You may feel overwhelmed with grief, anger, and a sense of injustice. We are here to help you obtain the justice that your lost loved one deserves.

In this difficult time, when you and your family are struggling with grief, emotional anguish, and perhaps the complication of economic hardship, you need the support and assistance that only a thoroughly Providence wrongful death attorney can provide. With so much on your plate, you may not feel up to taking on a legal battle. However, it is vital to hold whoever caused your loved one’s death accountable by bringing a wrongful death action against the responsible party and making them pay. No amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a human life, but the law can help you achieve at least some measure of justice and closure and give you the financial means to move on.

Do I Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?

A wrongful death attorney will walk you through every step of your case. We believe that honesty and compassion are a crucial component to developing a good relationship with our clients. We offer a free consultation to all of our clients, so you are not charged for discussing your case with us. In fact, we do not get paid unless we win your case for you. Our attorneys understand the devastation that the loss of a loved one causes to your life, and as a family law firm, we deeply understand the suffering you are going through. We provide aggressive representation to get your family the compensation you so rightfully deserve.

Cases We Handle

Wrongful death, as defined by Rhode Island’s wrongful death statute, is a death that was caused by the reckless act, neglect, or default of someone else. Wrongful deaths may occur in various ways. A wrongful death claim seeks to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. In the case that a deceased loved one had dependents, a family may be provided financial compensation for lost wages, medical care, and future expenses. These are some of the most common:

  • Car, truck, and motorcycle crashes– Unfortunately, many scenarios involve a car, truck, and motorcycle wrongful deaths. Each driver has a responsibility to remain vigilant and attentive while driving. Depending on the specifics of the accident, there could be multiple people held liable for a crash. In the case that there was a car defect, then the auto manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that every product that makes it to the market is top quality and safe for consumers. In the case of a drunk driving accident, the driver of the vehicle and, under the Dram Shop Liability, the establishment that over-served the driver may also be held accountable. Distracted driving, speeding, and failing to obey traffic signs are also situations that may hold the driver responsible.
  • Bicycle accidents– Bicyclists are usually forced to share the road with cars, and there are not always designated bike lanes to give them adequate space. Drivers must stay alert to avoid crowding or even worse, hitting a bicycle. Drivers must be sure to use their turn signals, and look in their blind spots when they are sharing the road with a bicyclist. Unfortunately, due to the nature of protection provided for bikers, any accident with a car can cause serious injuries and even death.
  • Pedestrian accidents– If a car strikes a pedestrian, the accident may result in serious injuries and potentially the loss of life for the pedestrian. Due to the weight and size of a vehicle, a pedestrian will likely suffer serious injuries in the case of an accident. Drivers are responsible for following the law and respecting the pedestrian’s right of way. Pedestrian accidents include collisions in crosswalks, pedestrians hit crossing the street, pedestrians hit in parking lots, and pedestrians struck on the sidewalk or shoulder of the road.
  • Medical error– Medical malpractice claims can be pursued when negligent or reckless actions of medical professional results in injury to a patient. Practicing medicine comes with a high level of responsibility, and this includes giving patients the best possible treatment. Medical practitioners have the obligation to treat patients with the best standard of care that any medical professional would perform in the same situation. Types of medical malpractice errors include diagnostic errors, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose a disease, surgical errors, anesthesia errors, and medication errors including wrong dosage and wrong medication, and birth injuries.
  • Nursing home neglect or abuse– Physical abuse is the most common form of abuse in nursing homes, which includes slapping, punching, as well as using unnecessary drugs to control the patient. Emotional abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and financial abuses are other common kinds of abuse in nursing homes. Nursing homes have the responsibility to give their residents with the care and respect that they deserve.
  • Defective products; dangerous drugs or medical devices– Consumers expect the products they buy to be safe. However, sometimes manufactures allow some faulty products to make it to market and these dangerous products can have serious, life-threatening consequences. Design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn of defects in all areas that a defendant can be held liable. Dangerous drug and medical devices can also have fatal consequences for those who depend on certain medicines and medical devices to live. Patients depend on and trust their medical prescriptions and medical devices.
  • Workplace accidents– Employers have the responsibility to ensure that they maintain a safe workplace for their employees. Unsafe working conditions that may cause potential accidents include, wet, slippery, or over-polished floors, improperly maintained or secured machinery, insufficient lighting, objects falling from high places, torn or uneven carpet, failure to provide safety gear, and requiring workers to use unsafe equipment. Employers are also responsible for ensuring their staff is working in suitable environmental conditions including not requiring employees to work in extreme temperatures, with toxic chemicals or materials, and with dust particles.
  • Exposure to toxic substances– Employers are responsible for protecting employees from hazardous working conditions. However, dangerous exposure to toxic substances can happen to anyone, anywhere. Exposure includes asbestos, mold, welding rod fumes, benzenes, pesticides, and hazardous materials. Exposure to these substances can occur in your home, workplace, schools, or even in every day consumer-bought products.
  • Fatal animal attacks– Fatal animal attacks can be traumatizing and can be extremely painful. Often, the animal responsible is a family members’ pet or a neighbor’s pet, which brings the devastating attack even closer to home. We will help you figure out your legal options so that justice for your loved one will be served.
  • Premises Liability– Unsafe premises are the leading cause to slip and fall accidents. Property owners are responsible for the safety of their property. Maintaining safe premises includes taking preventing measures against ice and snow in the winter, placing warning signs or barricades to protect people from a fatal accident on their property.
  • Acts of violence– We understand that the loss of a loved one can be even more devastating if a violent act caused this death. Although violent acts may not intend to cause death, violence often spirals out of control, unfortunately, resulting in wrongful death. A violent act that causes death may include assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and use of a deadly weapon such as a gun. Consequences of these violent actions can be catastrophic for the defending party, but it is important to bring justice against those who have caused the death of your loved one.

Who Is Eligible To Recover In A Rhode Island Wrongful Death Action?

A wrongful death claim is generally filed by the executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate for the benefit of the deceased’s surviving family members, typically with the help of a Rhode Island personal injury attorney. The law specifies an order of preference in a wrongful death claim as follows:

Damages That May Be Recovered

While nothing will bring back your loved one, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of potential wages, medical bills, and funeral expenses. The responsible party must be held accountable for their actions and depending on your case, you may be eligible for serious financial compensation. Financial compensation can include: medical expenses incurred for treatment of the deceased prior to death.

  • Medical expenses incurred for treatment of the deceased prior to death.
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of earnings provided to the family, including projected future earnings and benefits
  • Loss of love, companionship, and guidance.
  • Loss of services in the home
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Punitive damages in cases that involve egregious wrongdoing

Wrongful Death Statistics in Rhode Island and the United States

  • According to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, there were 53 fatalities on Rhode Island highways in 2016. The report also suggests, “the average number of fatalities in Rhode Island was 58 annually.”
  • According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data from 2012 states that 700 cyclists were killed in the United States.
  • The National Safety Counsel (NSC) reports that slip and fall accidents are the most common type of workplace accident. The study also reports that around 24,000 people per year lose their lives to a slip, fall, and trip accident.
  • The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that defective products kill more than 22,000 people per year.
  • The National Practitioner Data Bank finds that there were 663 medical malpractice payment reports from 2012-2014. This number is all the reported payments and settlements that result from a medical malpractice suit in Rhode Island.

You have a right to expect that everyone in society will protect those around them from harm, and if their actions cause the death of another individual, they should be held accountable. Our team believes that no family should have to suffer the loss of a loved one in an avoidable accident, and we will fight to help you hold the person who caused the death of your loved one responsible.

Contact the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, Accident & Injury Lawyers, Ltd. Today

We understand that your family has already gone through a traumatic experience and that’s why we provide our clients with the utmost compassion for each case. We dedicate our staff and resources to each case to give your family the best possible outcome.

Call a Providence personal injury and wrongful death attorney today to discuss the specifics of your case. We are dedicated to helping you through this hard time while your family can focus on recovering from this terrible loss.

Come in and tell us your story. There is no cost or obligation to learn about your rights and receive honest answers to your questions. If we accept your case, it will cost you nothing up front, with no out-of-pocket expenses before the conclusion of the case. You only pay legal fees and costs if we win an award for you, so you risk nothing. But remember, Rhode Island law has established strict limitations of filing a wrongful death action. Missing a deadline could mean losing your right to recover, so don’t delay. Call (401) 751-8855 today and learn how we can help.

Written By: Ronald J. Resmini

Last Updated : Monday, July 18, 2022