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What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is always a difficult and emotional experience, but when that loss is the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, it can be even more devastating. In legal terms, this type of loss is called wrongful death. Understanding what constitutes wrongful death and how to seek justice for your loved one can help bring some closure during this difficult time.

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death occurs when a person dies as a result of another party's negligence or intentional actions. This can include car accidents caused by drunk or reckless drivers, medical malpractice, defective products, workplace accidents, and more. Essentially, if someone's actions or lack of action directly lead to the death of another person, it may be considered wrongful death.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

In most cases, the immediate family members of the deceased are eligible to file a wrongful death claim. This typically includes spouses, children, parents, and sometimes siblings. However, each state has its laws regarding who can file a claim and what damages may be recovered. It's important to consult an experienced attorney specializing in wrongful death cases to understand your rights under the law.

Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

Damages awarded in wrongful death cases can vary depending on the circumstances of the case and the state in which it is filed. Common types of damages that may be recovered include medical expenses related to the deceased's final injury or illness, funeral and burial costs, lost income and benefits that would have been provided by the deceased had they lived, pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before their passing, and loss of companionship for surviving family members.

Proving Wrongful Death

Proving wrongful death can be challenging as it requires demonstrating that the defendant's actions directly caused the death of your loved one. This often involves gathering evidence such as witness statements, expert testimony, medical records, accident reports, etc. Working with an experienced attorney who understands the complexities of wrongful death cases can greatly improve your chances of success in seeking justice for your loved one.

Wrongful Death Attorneys

If you or a loved one has suffered the immeasurable loss of a family member due to someone else's negligence, you do not have to face this challenge alone. The attorneys at Bye, Goff & Rohde in River Falls, WI, have the experience and dedication to guide you through this difficult time and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (715) 202-5699 to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Let us be your advocates in the pursuit of justice and healing.

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