How to Cope With the Wrongful Death of a Loved One
June 10th, 2021
Grief is a normal response to losing someone you love. The pain of the loss can be overwhelming, especially when the loved one’s death could have been prevented. The desire for justice may seem like yet another unexpected emotion and burden during a difficult time.
We can help lift that burden from your shoulders.
Minnesota law defines wrongful death as a death “caused by the wrongful act or omission of any person or corporation.” Because a deceased person cannot bring a lawsuit, the law allows a surviving family member to bring a lawsuit against the person(s) who wrongfully caused the death of another. Usually, such claims are brought by a surviving spouse, parent, or child of the deceased, but a sibling or grandparent may also bring the claim; or the family can ask the court to appoint a trustee to bring a claim or lawsuit on the family’s behalf.
Dealing with Death
Compensation in a wrongful death case is defined by the law as well. Damages may include the deceased’s medical and funeral expenses. In addition, Minnesota also allows surviving family members to seek compensation for losses resulting from their loved one’s untimely death.
These include loss of services, emotional support, assistance, or wages experienced by the surviving family members, as well as emotional distress caused by the death. These are all categorized as pecuniary losses, defined as loss of money or other things of value.
The time to bring a wrongful death suit in Minnesota is shorter than in other personal injury cases. The lawsuit must be started by the effective service of a summons and complaint within three years of the date of the death.
Again, what family members experience as a result of wrongful death may seem overwhelming at the time, but our attorneys are here to help you understand your options and take the next steps.
We can assist you by gathering and preserving the evidence, getting a family representative appointed, and working to resolve the case through settlement or litigation. There is no charge for our time unless we obtain compensation for you and your family. We will be with you all the way.