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Wrongful Death Claims in Rhode Island: Don’t Suffer in Silence

Accidents that result in death are devastating for the person’s family and loved ones. When it occurs because of someone’s negligence, wrongful death claims can be filed against that person, persons, or company. The claim is brought as a civil action, usually by close relatives or will executors. Survivors are compensated for financial and emotional harm, losses, and suffering they’ve endured because of the death.

What You Can Sue for in Rhode Island

  • Burial and funeral costs
  • Hospital and medical expenses incurred before the death
  • Lost wages and loss of earning capacity from the date of the accident until the time of death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of society and companionship
  • Prospective future income and earnings over the deceased’s life expectancy

Main Causes of Wrongful Death

There are several causes of wrongful death, including:

  • Auto accidents/Truck accidents/Motorcycle accidents. When a driver doesn’t obey the law and causes an accident that results in someone’s death, the negligent driver is held legally responsible. Wrongful death suits recoup a financial settlement to pay for the economic and noneconomic damages sought by a surviving party or parties.
  • Aviation accidents. Thousands of planes in the air each day provide many opportunities for accidents. Commercial flights late to their next stop may skip inspections; pilots may be ill-trained. Failure to adhere to FAA guidelines or knowingly hiring incompetent pilots are subject to the wrongful death of suits if accidents occur. Families of those killed have received settlements in the millions. The basis for suits lies in the airlines, as a negligent party, failure to follow FAA and other guidelines.
  • Medical malpractice. One of the most difficult suits to win is against doctors or medical facilities for malpractice that results in death. Those won normally involve conduct that is found to be blatantly medically unacceptable and provable. The proof relies on expert medical testimony and behavior outside of the medically approved norm. Suits are a tricky business and require an attorney or attorneys well-versed in malpractice courtroom tactics.
  • Defective products. Defective products are everywhere these days. They could be defective from improper manufacturing, poor design, defects from transportation, or malfunctioning safety features. Legally, the manufacturer must keep their products safe from malfunctions that can cause injury or death.
  • Criminal acts. Anger can get the best of anyone. Wrongful death can occur when it goes too far, and someone dies because of a fight or attack.

Accidental deaths can occur anywhere and, in any situation, from accidental poisoning to fatal falls on someone’s property to workplace accidents.

The Calvino Law Associates Promise

Wrongful death suits are legally complex and require the services of an experienced attorney. The legal team at Calvino Law Associates has successfully litigated wrongful death lawsuits and secured thousands of dollars in settlements. If you live in Rhode Island or Southern Massachusetts and have lost a loved one to negligence, we are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call us at (401) 205-3733 or use our online contact form.

Calvino Law Associates

373 Elmwood Ave.

Providence, RI 02907

(401) 205-3733

Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident Attorneys: Calvino Law Associates

Motorcycles are fun, but given today’s traffic and drivers’ inconsiderate behavior, negotiating roads can be treacherous. Motorcyclists are hit daily by cars, trucks, and other large vehicles. These accidents never end well. Injuries can be devastating, taking months to heal. Victims are often left with crippling disabilities, unable to lead everyday lives. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, you need a lawyer who will fight for you and get you the monetary compensation you deserve.

Your choice of law firm matters—the attorneys at Calvino Law Associates take pride in representing motorcycle accident victims and getting them top-dollar compensation awards. Our award-winning personal injury attorneys recover large settlements for motorcyclists throughout Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts. Feel free to ask about our previous cases.

You focus on healing; we’ll figure out the rest.

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Lost wages or lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental and emotional anguish
  • Diminished or altered quality of life

The Investigative Process

Accident investigators, a part of our team, research all the accident details through interviews, police reports, and medical documentation. Accident reconstruction combined with expert and onsite witnesses supports an air-tight case difficult for insurance companies to challenge in court.

The Insurance Company Battles

Insurance companies, by nature, are designed to resist payouts. We rarely settle for a penny less in compensation. Calculations for medical bills and other payouts are always realistic, leaving insurance companies with little room for argument. Our attorneys are in touch with plaintiffs throughout the entire litigation process. All final settlement offers are presented to victims and subject to their approval.


Once it’s determined how much your motorcycle accident case is worth, the negotiation process with the insurance company begins. In the interests of full disclosure, negotiations can be settled within a few weeks or months; other times, it may take longer, especially if the case is complicated, and you have suffered catastrophic injuries. In the latter instance, quick acceptance of monetary offerings by insurance companies, no matter how generous, may not always be the best move. Long-term medical rehabilitation bills can run into the thousands and must be calculated into the settlement. A good lawyer will have the documents to prove current and future medical costs.

Wrongful Death

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,579 motorcyclists in the United States were involved in a fatal traffic accident in 2020. Thanks to the size and weight of other vehicles on the road, especially tractor-trailers, motorcyclists face a greater risk of serious injury and death. They are 29 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash and four times more likely to be injured than a car driver or passenger.

By law, a personal representative of the deceased person’s estate can sue for wrongful death in motorcycle accidents. The following damages can be sought by your lawyer:

  • Burial expenses
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of future income
  • Pain and suffering

The Calvino Law Associates Promise

The legal team at Calvino Law Associates has successfully represented motorcycle accident victims in some of the most tragic cases. We understand how devastating accidents can be, for the victim and their families. We know how important it is that you receive just insurance company payouts as soon as possible. Given that, we approach negotiations fully prepared with indisputable facts and figures.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, we’re here to help. Call us at (401) 205-3733 or use our online contact form. We serve Providence, North Kingstown, and the surrounding areas in Rhode Island.

Calvino Law Associates

373 Elmwood Ave.

Providence, RI 02907

(401) 205-3733