There are few experiences in life as difficult as losing a loved one to death, and particularly if the death occurs suddenly and unexpectedly. The grief that the surviving loved ones feel is deep and even more pronounced when the death has resulted from the negligent or willful actions of another person or business. Along with the loss in many cases is the financial uncertainty involved if the loved one was bringing in a significant source of income to the family. Even though money will not bring back a lost loved one, having that financial aspect of the loss addressed be of great help.
At Magna Law Firm, we can help you navigate the process of filing a wrongful death claim and work hard to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
What Must Happen Before You Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In Minnesota, you generally have three years from the date of a loved one’s passing caused by negligence to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Before you can move forward with the lawsuit, these events must occur first:
- Your loved one died
- The death of your loved one was the result of another person’s negligence or willful intent to cause harm
- The court must have appointed the surviving spouse or next of kin to serve as a trustee.
A wrongful death claim may be thought of as a personal injury claim that the deceased could have filed for his/her injuries had the deceased survived those injuries. Instead, the surviving loved one(s) must file a wrongful death suit on behalf of their deceased loved.
What Can Cause Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death can occur as a result of incidents such as:
- Physical assault
- Motor vehicle accident
- Motorcycle crash
- Airplane accident
- Medical negligence
- Dog attack
- Amusement park ride accident
- Work injury
The investigative phase of a wrong death case alone can take several months. It is important to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible if you believe your loved one has been the victim of wrongful death. This will provide your attorney with the time necessary to conduct an investigation and prepare the case for presentation.
If your loved one wrongfully died as a result of another party’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing, our team at Magna Law Firm is here to help. Call us today at 763.438.3032 or send us a message through our contact form to request a free consultation.