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Federal wrongful-death suit filed in connection with Hopkinton accident – The Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, RI — A federal wrongful death suit has been filed by the family of a Delaware woman who died in a bizarre accident on Route 95 in Hopkinton in April, when a wheel broke loose from a Hummer driving in the opposite direction and smashed through her windshield.
The lawsuit, filed Dec. 26 in U.S. District Court here, was brought by Andrew P. Letts as representative of the estate of his late mother, Carolyn H. Letts, and as power of attorney for his father, William J. Letts, who was injured in the accident.
Named as defendants are the Connecticut owner and driver of the Hummer, Peter R. Reynolds, and Whaling City Motors, of New London, where the lawsuit says Reynolds bought and serviced his vehicle.

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California Wrongful Death Cases – Accident Injury Lawyer (blog)

It amazes me the extent to which every state has very different law on survival action and wrongful death cases. I remember the first time I had a case in West Virginia back when I was defending pharmaceutical companies. The basis for damages in a survival action and a wrongful death claim were pretty much the exact opposite of how it works in Maryland. Today, we turn to Mike Ehline, a California lawyer who handles a lot of these claims, to give some thoughts on the nuances of wrongful death in his jurisdiction. It is Mike’s ball from here.
When a person is fatally injured due to the careless, reckless, negligent or intentional actions of another person, entity, employer or manufacturer, this is called, in California as in most other states, a wrongful death. This is a statutory claim alleging that a fatality occured due to a wrongful act or negligence, it is important to consult an law firm that focuses on this area of the law and has the resources to prepare a wrongful death claim.
Time can be crucial in any legal action, to preserve evidence and interview witnesses, which are important factors in a negligent fatal accident. Investigating and preserving evidence will involve investigators, accident reconstruction experts and medical experts, who are able to evaluate the evidence collected, as well as the cause of the death. So if you think you might have a claim, you should retain counsel as soon as practicable.

Statutes in Wrongful Death Claims
Statutes in this type of claim originally did not exist in laws, until state legislators determine that the current law that a legal claim died with the victim, was not fair to the family. [...]

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