Dealing with Death
The laws of personal injury deal with loss, and are designed to make a person who has been harmed as whole as possible. When someone has been injured by the actions of someone else they can experience may forms of loss including physical, emotional, and financial. However, nothing equates to the loss of a life.
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.
Minneapolis wrongful death attorneys at Halunen Law 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
Types of Wrongful Death Cases Halunen Law Handles
With decades of experience, there are many types of wrongful death cases we handle, including:
- car accidents
- bicycle accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- pedestrian accidents
- ride-share accidents
- train accidents
- defective drugs
- boating accidents
- aviation accidents
Damages in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Although no amount of money can ever truly compensate the loss of a loved one, compensation in a wrongful death case is defined by the law. 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.
Wrongful Death Case Damages
- medical expenses
- funeral expenses
- property damages
- loss of income
- loss of companionship
- punitive damages
Every wrongful death case is different and should be analyzed by the Halunen Law personal injury attorneys to determine the types of losses that should be pursued.
Act Quickly When a Wrongful Death has Occured
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.
No matter where they happen, whether in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, or on the highway up north, fatal accidents in Minnesota cause a devastating impact on families and communities. When a loved one dies because of the careless or reckless actions of another, they leave behind children, spouses, and other survivors who must deal with an enormous personal, emotion, and financial loss.
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. Contact us today for free.