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. The unexpected and untimely passing of a loved one can cause serious life-long damages to the surviving individuals impacted by the accident. If a loved one has lost their life in an accident, please accept our condolences and know that help is available.
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 to see how our Minneapolis wrongful death attorneys can help surviving victims recover compensation for the damages suffered.
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 Should I 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.
What Are 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 Minneapolis 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.
What Are Common Causes of Wrongful Deaths?
Certain activities are more dangerous than others. Below are some of the most common causes relating to wrongful death claims.
Accidents involving motor vehicles are the most common causes of wrongful death in the United States. Common causes of auto accidents involve distracted drivers, drivers that are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, road rage incidents and aggressive drivers.
Accidents involving large big rig trucks can cause life-altering injuries. In the most extreme scenarios, truck accidents can result in fatal injuries.
During surgeries and medical procedures, malpractice can occur when medical professionals do not provide the necessary required level of care. When this happens and the patient loses their life, a medical malpractice claim may be able to recover damages for the surviving members of a victim’s family.
Work Related Accidents
Accidents that occur in a professional setting, or that result from exposure resulting from the environments of the job. Individuals exposed to asbestos, chemicals, working in unsafe environments and those that have suffered injuries as a result of faulty equipment.
Specific members of a family that had one of their loved ones lose their life as a result of a criminal act or malicious intent can file a civil claim. If a person was murdered, certain surviving members of a family can file a wrongful death claim.
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.