When a person dies due to the negligence or reckless behavior of another person or company, there may be grounds for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. While no legal action can ever bring back a loved one, and no amount of compensation can ever properly place a value on a friend or family member’s life, seeking justice can be an important step.
In addition to the trauma and heartache of losing a loved one due to negligent behavior or recklessness, there are also many unforeseen expenses to contend with. If someone close to you dies in a situation that the courts may consider wrongful death, you should understand your rights under the law in terms of seeking justice for your loved one.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Motor vehicle crashes represent one of the most common causes of wrongful death. There are many ways that drivers engage in reckless or negligent behavior behind the wheel, including distracted driving, drunk driving and speeding. The U.S. Department of Transportation noted that traffic crash deaths increased by 5.6 percent in 2017 when compared to 2016 figures, with a total of 37,461 lives lost.
Another cause of wrongful death lawsuits is negligence, or reckless behavior on the part of a company or business. For example, an accident due to the lack of appropriate safety at a work site can lead to serious workplace injuries or death. We have handled wrongful death cases involving auto and truck collisions, motorcycles, bicycles, dog attacks, farm safety lapses, medical errors and more.
Who Can Pursue a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In Minnesota, wrongful death cases are brought differently from other injury claims. In Minnesota, a death claim is brought by a trustee appointed by the court – usually a spouse, parent or other family member. That trustee represents all the deceased person’s next-of-kin. The money recovery available may include compensation to recover the loss of the deceased person’s future earnings to ease the financial hardship due to the loss. In addition, a family member can seek compensation for funeral and burial expenses. Other damages recoverable include loss of services and loss of comfort, guidance and counsel.
If you have been injured and need legal guidance from an attorney who will protect your interests, contact Klampe, Delehanty & Pasternak, LLC.