After a fatal accident, surviving family members are often left in a state of shock. Grief takes over and the idea of fair compensation is almost blasphemous. While there's nothing anyone can do to bring a loved one back to you, it is important to recognize that there is nothing wrong in seeking reparations, and that there is value in holding people accountable for negligent and reckless conduct.
When representing the family of someone whose loved one was involved in a fatal accident, my goal is to obtain as much compensation for my clients as permitted by law. As someone who has practiced in both states for decades, I know that the laws of Connecticut and Rhode Island are very different in terms of the compensation plaintiffs can recover. For instance, Rhode Island does not allow compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life. As a lawyer for one of the victims of the Rhode Island nightclub fire (The Station nightclub fire, Feb. 20, 2003, West Warwick, RI) , I have seen a number of Connecticut attorneys unpleasantly surprised by this fact.
I do not like surprises and have made my living as a sole practitioner by being thorough and prepared. I have been fortunate enough to achieve numerous six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements — in part because I have developed the legal knowledge, skills and and expert contacts required to do the job well.