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What is a Wrongful Death Case?

A wrongful death occurs when one person is killed as a result of the negligence of another. Even though nothing will ever bring a loved one back, the decedent's surviving dependents or beneficiaries may be entitled to monetary damages as a result of the negligent conduct. This is the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit.

What is Wrongful Death Negligence?

Negligence occurs when a person an organization breaches a duty of care. That may include reckless conduct, simple negligence, malpractice or even inaction.

Common causes of action may stem from:

  • Auto, Motorcycle, Bus, Train or Airplane Accidents
  • Animal Attacks
  • Dangerous or Defective Product Injuries
  • Slip and Fall Accidents/Premises Liability
  • Nursing home abuse and Neglect
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Injuries
  • Gas leaks and explosions

How are Damages Calculated?

In a wrongful death civil lawsuit, families may recover financial damages related to pain and suffering, lost wages, mental anguish, loss of companionship, medical costs, and other expenses including, in some cases, punitive damages. If you have lost a loved one to wrongful death, you may be eligible for damages. One of our national wrongful death lawyers may be able to help you build your case.

Who is eligible for damages?

Immediate family members are eligible . Certainly, parents, spouses, and children are almost always eligible to file a claim. Minors may need an adult guardian to take a wrongful death lawsuit to court on their behalf. Additionally, other family members - such as stepparents, grandparents, and dependents, may also be permitted to file suit in some circumstances.

What are the Statutes of Limitation?

Every wrongful death lawsuit is subject to a statute of limitations. A Statute of limitations caps the amount of time a person who has lost a loved one to wrongful death may have to initiate a lawsuit.

Each state has its own statute of limitations. Depending on who the claim may be against the statute of limitations may vary. As a general rule, a claim against a government agency may usually have a shorter time period for filing.

In most cases, the time for filing begins running from the time of the victim's death. However, in some states a lawsuit may proceed if the act which caused the death was not discovered until later.

In Minnesota, a wrongful death action based on negligence must be filed within three years of the date of death. In cases where the wrongful death action is based upon medical malpractice, suit must be filed within three years of the date of death, but in no event can the action be filed more than four years from the date that the act that giving rise to the injury occurred. Minn. Stat. Ann. 541.076.

How are Legal Fees Paid?

Our Wrongful Death lawyers have competitive prices, which fall within the range of the industry standard. Each fee structure is tailored for each client's needs. Fee arrangements may include:

  • Contingency (no fee until a recovery is made)
  • Retainer
  • Deposits
  • Set Fees
  • Billable unit rates or any combination of the above

If you or someone you know needs the trusted legal advice of an experienced personal wrongful death lawyer, please call (612) 240-8005, or complete the contact form.






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