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What does a wrongful death lawsuit require in New Hampshire?

Living through the death of someone you're close to can be difficult, especially if the death was sudden. In some cases, as a family member, you may be wondering what you can do about outstanding bills and lost wages; these financial difficulties add to your stress, and you wouldn't be faced with them if the negligence of someone else hadn't resulted in your loved one's death.

There are a few elements of the case that need to be present in order to pursue wrongful death damages in New Hampshire. You'll need to show that your loved one died due to negligence on the part of the other party (the defendant). You'll also need to show the physical pain that your loved one had to go through as a result of that injury as well as the mental strain it resulted in.

You'll want to show how your loved one's death impacts you and your family, not only financially, but also emotionally. Show the cost of medical and funeral bills, and show how the loss of your loved one affects your family in the long term. It could be through lost wages or the loss of consortium.

If your loved one was a parent, then you may be able to seek damages for your children. These would be granted for the loss of a familial relationship. In New Hampshire, the award for this is limited to $150,000 or less, but it can allow children the money needed to get the right care, schooling, and to participate in activities they enjoy but may otherwise no longer be able to do without their parent present.

Source: New Hampshire State, "Title LVI" accessed Feb. 25, 2015

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