A wrongful death is the most devastating, unexpected thing that can happen to a family. Losing a loved one in preventable circumstances leaves you with more questions than answers. At Hall Law P.A., we are here for families in Minnesota. Our St. Cloud wrongful death attorneys can help you through this difficult time. Discuss your case in detail at no cost or obligation today. Call (800) 292-1979.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is a civil claim that aims to hold someone responsible for another person’s fatal injury. Your family may have grounds for a wrongful death claim in Minnesota if another person negligently or recklessly caused the victim’s death. Negligence refers to the failure to take the proper care of someone, resulting in harm to that person.
Common examples of negligence in St. Cloud wrongful death lawsuits are driving drunk, an employer failing to maintain a safe workplace, a defective product and a property owner ignoring a hazard. If a person or entity owed your loved one a duty of care, breached this duty and caused the decedent’s fatal injury, your family will have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit in Minnesota.
When to Contact an Attorney
Hiring a lawyer is not only about maximizing the amount of money you receive for your loved one’s death. You are going through an extremely difficult time and deserve some peace of mind. Entrusting your case to an attorney takes the legal burden off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on grieving, healing and spending time with your family. An attorney will be there for you, answering your questions and providing support. Obtaining maximum compensation and justice for your loved one’s death are just added benefits of having an attorney by your side.
Minnesota’s Wrongful Death Laws
Before you can hold someone accountable for your loved one’s wrongful death, you or your attorney will need to properly navigate Minnesota’s related civil laws. The rules on how, when and why to file a wrongful death claim will differ according to which state you live in. The following three laws are especially important to keep in mind in Minnesota:
- Statute of limitations. A time limit, known as the statute of limitations, applies to your right to file. In Minnesota, you must bring your lawsuit within three years of the date of your loved one’s death or you will lose the right to file, with a few exceptions.
- Rules on who may file. In Minnesota, parties with the legal right to file for wrongful death are the deceased person’s surviving spouse, children, parents, grandparents and siblings. If surviving families do not want to file themselves, the court can appoint a trustee to do so on their behalf.
- Damages available. A family in Minnesota may file a wrongful death claim for their own losses as well as those of the deceased person. Available damages include funeral and burial costs, medical treatment, loss of services, mental anguish, and loss of consortium.
Once you hire a wrongful death lawyer from Hall Law P.A., you will not need to worry about navigating Minnesota’s complicated wrongful death laws. Your lawyer will handle the full legal process for you, from beginning to end. Our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience, and know exactly how to handle wrongful death cases.
Contact Us Today
Wrongful death is a tragedy no family should have to suffer. If you and your loved ones are grieving the loss of a family member related to someone else’s negligence, carelessness, recklessness or intent to harm, do not hesitate to contact us. We will do everything we can to help you, while also, giving your loved one a voice in the civil justice system. Call our St. Cloud office location today at (800) 292-1979 24/7 for your free consultation.