Wrongful Death Lawsuits: What You Need to Know
When you are coping with the death of someone close to you, the grief and loss can be an emotionally draining time. And when that loss is due to an injury or illness brought on by someone else, the situation can be impossible to comprehend. If you’ve lost someone in this way, allow us to answer some of your questions about wrongful death.
What Is Wrongful Death?
According to Minnesota Statute 573.02, wrongful death is defined as a death caused by the wrongful act or omission of any person or corporation. Some of the most common types of wrongful death cases include:
- Car accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Workplace accidents
- Semi-truck accidents
For example, a pedestrian or bicyclist might be struck by a car while crossing the street resulting in their death. Or, a drunk driver may strike another vehicle, causing the death of the driver.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Minnesota?
A wrongful death lawsuit can’t be filed by the injured party due to their death. Instead, it’s the responsibility of the following parties to file a wrongful death case:
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving children
- Surviving parents, grandparents or siblings
What Compensation Is Available Due to Wrongful Death?
In Minnesota, the family member(s) who pursues the wrongful death claim can receive damages for the deceased as well as compensation for their own suffering. Compensation is available for funeral expenses, hospital care, loss of income and benefits, pain and suffering, and more. Final compensation and damages depend on the unique parameters of each wrongful death case.
Don’t Wait: Minnesota Has a Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Cases
If you believe you have a wrongful death case, now’s the time to reach out for help. In Minnesota, you only have three years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a claim. To ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, you must act quickly.
We recommend reaching out to a professional wrongful death attorney who can help you navigate the process.
Reach Out to Brazil Law Group Today
The team at Brazil Law Group understands the pain and frustration that comes with the loss of a loved one. That’s why we dedicate our time to helping you heal. To learn more about our legal services and how we can help you with a wrongful death lawsuit, send us a message.