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Vermont Wrongful Death Attorneys

Giving You Peace of Mind

It is never easy to lose a family member or loved one, especially when you have reason to believe that their death could have been prevented. The State of Vermont defines "wrongful death" as a death resulting from "the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another." The actions, or inactions, that led to the death of your loved one can be used as grounds for a wrongful death claim. At Biggam Fox Skinner, our Vermont wrongful death attorneys understand how difficult this time can be for you and your family, which is why we make every effort to help you hold those at fault accountable.

For more information about whether you may have a valid claim, please give us a call at (802) 375-7603.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

In the state of Vermont, the personal representative of the deceased is the one who brings forth wrongful death actions against the responsible party. If the deceased had not named a personal representative, the court is able to appoint one. Damages awarded by the court are then distributed to the decedent's surviving kin, with exceptions.

Damages awarded provide compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of companionship
  • Mental suffering
  • Loss of provided services

The Statute of Limitations in Vermont

When it comes to wrongful death claims, it is important to be aware of the deadlines that must be met in order for the courts to hear the case. If the defendant was living outside the state, the claim must be filed within two years of the defendant returning to Vermont. If a criminal case was filed on similar facts, the claim must be filed within two years of the conviction. In all other situations, the claim must be filed within two years of the death. Whatever the conditions surrounding the death may be, our Vermont wrongful death attorneys can provide you with the legal counsel you need.

For a wrongful death consultation, please contact us at (802) 375-7603.

The Voices That Matter

  • All my phone calls and e-mails were answered ASAP.

    “We were on a nice, friendly, professional basis. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again but hopefully not because of a tragedy like this one. I’m full of gratitude for them.”

    Sally R.

  • Workers’ compensation can be a bureaucratic nightmare and having the right legal representation is a must.

    “It was a great comfort to have a true professional like Heidi [Groff] in our corner.”

    David L.

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    Walter

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    “My problem was taken care of quickly and efficiently, just as I had requested. ”

    Leslie

  • Kelly is a true fighter with a brilliant legal mind.

    “I felt very respected, supported, and validated throughout this process.”

    Lindsay