The wrongful death of a loved one is a tragedy that will stay with the victim’s family and loved ones for a lifetime. A wrongful death is when a person is killed as a result of negligence (or another type of unjust action) on the part of a person or company. There are many different situations that constitute this. Car accidents, construction or other work place accidents, a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle, and accidents involving large trucks are just a few of the leading examples of incidents that can cause a wrongful death. If it is determined that negligence or another type of unjust action caused any of the above incidents than a wrongful death has occurred.
In wrongful death cases, the State of Minnesota recognizes that compensation is needed for survivors and beneficiaries. These survivors and beneficiaries may be compensated for medical and funeral expenses, losses such as but not limited to the loss of the victim’s income, insurance and retirement savings, and personal and emotional losses including but not limited to the loss of companionship, comfort, assistance, protection, and guidance that would have come from the victim.
When family members have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one, quite often, the last thing they want to worry about is contacting an attorney. The situation can feel overwhelming and unbearably difficult; the family is grieving, they have other family and friends to notify, they have funeral preparations to make, and often financial decisions to make as well.
Considering the sudden and tragic avalanche of tasks thrust upon them in this time of despair the last thing on their minds will be to call an attorney, but this should not be the case. Contacting an attorney will help them get the justice they deserve, and an attorney working side-by-side with the family during this painful and stress-filled time can remove some of the burdens of dealing with financial and legal issues that can arise from a wrongful death. Having an attorney working and fighting to achieve the family’s best interests can make a huge difference in their lives during such a painful and stressful time.
Compensation from the person or company responsible in a wrongful death case to the survivors or loved ones will never take away the pain they feel, but it can help lessen future pain and suffering and protect the family from costly expenses and financial disaster an untimely death can cause. Survivors and loved ones of a wrongful death case cannot and should not fight the battle on their own. It is important that they immediately contact an attorney who will not only fight for them but also stand by them with kindness, understanding, respect, and support. In a wrongful death situation emotions are strained and stressed to unimaginable lengths. Every aspect of life can become overwhelming and normal everyday tasks can become hard for the victim’s family to handle. They need to know that they can count on their attorney to guide them through the often difficult process of fighting a wrongful death case in court.