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“Wrongful death” is death caused by another person’s carelessness or negligence. If your spouse or family member has been killed under such circumstances, you may have grounds to sue for monetary compensation. Please contact an attorney for an evaluation of your claim.
Dedicated Minnesota Wrongful Death Services
Wrongful death generally means a lawsuit is filed when the wrongful conduct of a person or entity results in the death of another person. Like personal injury, this area of tort can involve every area of tort practice – from premises liability, trucking disasters to dangerous products on the market – but your first step should be to consult with an experienced Minnesota wrongful death attorney. The wrongful death lawyer will help determine, first, who is the personal representative authorized to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a deceased person against the persons or entities responsible for the victim’s death.
Unlike a personal injury case, where the injured person is one of the plaintiffs, in the case of a wrongful death action, the family members bring the lawsuit for the wrongful actions. Oftentimes, it is the victim’s surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries or dependents who are the plaintiffs and are entitled to monetary damages that result from the victim’s death. Generally, lawsuits are allowed under survival statutes which allow a victim’s survivors to bring a cause of action after the victim dies.
Laws in Minnesota, and in all states, govern the time frame in which a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed. Depending upon both the plaintiffs and the defendants involved, the deadlines vary.
Types of Minnesota Wrongful Death
Each year, loved ones in Minnesota and across the country grieve the loss of family members that die as the result of wrongful death. Wrongful death can be caused by, but is not limited to, the following:
- Construction Accidents
- Defective Products
- Medical Malpractice
- Motor Vehicle Collisions
- Public Transportation Accidents
An experienced Minnesota wrongful death attorney can file suit on behalf of the deceased’s Estate, and can seek to hold the negligent or reckless person, company or entity accountable for causing the fatal accident.