Mourning the untimely loss of a close family member is a harrowing ordeal that no person should ever have to endure. No one should have to experience the crushing sorrow of losing a child or a parent prematurely. Yet, in today’s world, we are constantly facing the odds of an accidental injury to someone we love; in the most tragic cases, we may be forced to confront a wrongful death. For the victims’ families, there can never be a solution equivalent to holding your loved one again. No amount of money can ever soothe the wounds that are left in the wake of such a loss.
Nonetheless, many state laws have been crafted to give these grieving families the means to get help and find some closure regarding the passing of their relative. Wrongful death lawsuits, though varying in nature, often result in families seeking fair and just monetary compensation from those who are legally responsible for the victim’s death. In retaining a wrongful death attorney, the likelihood of recovering such money damages increases exponentially.
In June of 2014, comedians Tracy Morgan and James McNair were riding in a limousine on the New Jersey Turnpike. The two friends were coming back from a show in Delaware that was just over the state line.
According to the Legal Examiner, Morgan and McNair were in the car when a tractor-trailer truck owned by Wal-Mart smashed into them. The driver of the truck, Kevin Roper, had apparently lost control of the truck.
Morgan was critically injured in the accident and was immediately rushed to the hospital. McNair was not so fortunate. Efforts to revive him proved fruitless.
In the wake of the tragic truck accident, Mr. McNair’s estate and family members filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Roper, and his employer, Wal-Mart. Just recently, the McNairs settled with the retail giant for $10 million. According to their attorney, Benedict Morelli, the settlement money will go towards annuities paying for their monthly expenses, starting at $3,000 a month, for the rest of their lives.
If your family has felt the sting of loss in a wrongful death incident, please call our Massachusetts wrongful death attorneys, 24/7, at 617-787-3700. Your needs are our top priority!