Wrongful Death Claims in St. Paul, Minnesota
Lawsuits for Family Members Killed in Accidents
The worst-case scenario in a personal injury accident is when a victim loses their life. Unfortunately, this is more than just a scenario for some—it is reality. Whenever a person is killed in an accident, it is very likely that they left a loving family behind to suffer pain and grief, as well as financial damages due to loss of income. That is why the state of Minnesota allows immediate family and dependents of wrongful death victims to file a claim for compensation. Nothing can truly compensate for the loss of a life, but the family can still hold the negligent party accountable for their actions and obtain coverage for funeral and burial costs, loss of income, grief counseling, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship and consortium.
If you have lost a loved one due to another party's negligence, contact the St. Paul wrongful death lawyers at Rob Roe Law, LLC today for a confidential case review. We can help you push forward in the wake of this loss and ensure your family's interests are protected.
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When Is a Death Considered Wrongful?
Under Minnesota Statutes section 573.02, wrongful death is defined as a death caused by "the wrongful act or omission of any person or corporation." This may include negligent acts as well as acts that are intentional. Wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury claims with the exception being that the injured party has died and the claim is being brought on their behalf.
A wrongful death claim may be brought in relation to a variety of fatal accidents, including:
- Bicycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Drowning accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dangerous products
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim in Minnesota?
- Wrongful death claims in Minnesota may be filed by the following parties:
- The surviving spouse and children of the deceased, and/or
- The parents, grandparents, and siblings of the deceased person
If the surviving family members do not wish to file a claim themselves, they may ask the court to appoint a trustee to pursue the claim on their behalf. This person may be named by the family with the appointed person's consent. This person will be responsible for pursuing the wrongful death claim as well as ensuring that any awarded money is distributed to the appropriate parties.
Minnesota Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
Just like personal injury claims, wrongful death claims must be filed within a certain Statute of Limitations. In Minnesota, that limitation is three years. While three years may seem like a lengthy amount of time, it is important to act quickly and allow your attorney as much time as possible to build a strong case to maximize your chances of success. If you file a claim after this deadline has expired, your case will almost certainly be dismissed by the court and you will effectively be barred from pursuing further legal action.
Do not wait to retain a competent St. Paul wrongful death attorney if you have lost a family member in an accident of any kind, whether it was a car accident, drunk driving accident, or medical malpractice. Rob Roe Law, LLC has been in practice for over a decade and is more than capable of maximizing your compensation.
Contact a Compassionate St. Paul Wrongful Death Lawyer
Our attorneys focus on the client and will go out of their way to keep you informed and satisfied with your representation. You will be given your lawyer's cell phone number and will receive prompt replies and regular interaction throughout your legal process. Our team has successfully recovered more than $1 million in settlements and verdicts and has received excellent client testimonials.
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