Learning your loved one has passed unexpectedly is incredibly difficult, especially if the accident could have been prevented. Our team is aware of the hardship and loss that is suffered after a wrongful death, and our compassionate attorneys are prepared to advocate for you during this trying time. If you’ve lost a family member because of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, you are likely eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit so you and your family can receive the dependency benefits you deserve.
We understand this is an emotionally taxing time, but we have vast experience in successfully handling dependency claims. We offer free consultations for dependents and family members to discuss legal options. If you want to discuss a potential case, we encourage you to contact our experienced wrongful death attorney team today.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
It’s always a tragic situation when someone dies from a work-related injury. However, you should rest assured that dependency benefits are available to you and your family. These benefits are based upon daily and weekly wages determined by the hours worked for that employer. Benefits are paid to the surviving spouse, children, and other dependents. Allocation amongst the eligible individuals depends on the type and number of dependents the deceased had at the time of their death. The minimum amount of dependency benefits that must be paid is $60,000. When there are no eligible recipients of monetary benefits, the injured worker’s estate is to be paid $60,000.
Taking legal action following the death of a loved one may seem like a low priority, but it’s essential to have an attorney you can trust on your side to help you handle the legal aspects of the accident. The wrongful death attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk are prepared to advocate for you throughout the duration of the claim, so you can receive the compensation you’re entitled to. We’ll assess your unique situation, guide you through filing the wrongful death lawsuit, and assist you in all future legal proceedings.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death?
Any illegal or negligent act that results in another person’s death can constitute a wrongful death claim. These claims usually surface because of careless or reckless actions that have fatal consequences. Wrongful death claims generally fill two roles depending on your state’s laws: a personal injury claim for the deceased and the surviving family’s compensation. No matter the cause, wrongful death claims are complex, but the attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk are experienced and will be here to represent you every step of the way.
Accidents at work happen more frequently than we think, and in specific industries, these accidents can quickly result in the severe injury or wrongful death of an employee. From machinery mishaps and heavy equipment accidents to electrocution and explosions, no matter the type of work-related injury that resulted in your loved one’s passing, the attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk are here to advocate for you during this emotional time.
Coming to terms with how a defective product resulted in the death of your loved one can be challenging, especially when you’re curious about what made the product fail and if it could have been prevented. Product liability cases resulting in wrongful death can be challenging and emotional to navigate, but our expert wrongful death attorneys are here to provide guidance and support.
Unfortunately, fatal collisions are one of the most common causes of wrongful deaths in our country today. If your loved one passed in a fatal collision during work hours or in an employer-owned vehicle, our wrongful death attorneys can help you navigate the situation so you and your family get the compensation you deserve.
Dangerous Property Incidents
Premises liability claims include slip and falls, falls from heights, being struck by objects, and more. If your loved one passed because of an accident at their place of work or someone else’s property, our skilled attorneys can help you determine if the employer or property owner is liable.
Wrongful Death Compensation
Surviving spouses and next of kin receive compensation from a wrongful death claim, and the amount received will depend on specific financial losses and your relationship to the deceased. The attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk Personal Injury are experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to wrongful death claims, and we’ll help you and your family get the compensation you deserve. Below are a few damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death claim:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses
- Loss of counsel, guidance, and aid
- Loss of companionship
Statute of Limitations in Minnesota
The statute of limitations guidelines on wrongful death lawsuits vary from state to state and exist to avoid long delays between an individual’s death and the filing of a wrongful death claim. In Minnesota, a loved one’s death that resulted from medical negligence has a statute of limitation of three years. Any other forms of negligence that led to the passing of your loved one also have a statute of limitation of three years. Many exceptions exist that can give you more time to file a lawsuit, but you must file the claim within six years from the date of the negligent act. If your loved one passed because of intentional criminal conduct, there is no statute of limitations, meaning you can file a wrongful death claim at any time.
Insurance Companies and Wrongful Death Claims
While you may be ready to put the unfortunate death of your loved one behind you with a fast settlement, we encourage you to speak with one of our attorneys before accepting. Throughout the country, large insurance companies have settlement policies that allow their adjusters to offer quick payments to those involved in an accident. An insurance adjuster may contact you and your family following a wrongful death, but this is mainly to settle the case on favorable terms for the insurance company.
Contact a Mottaz & Sisk Wrongful Death Benefits Attorney Now
Have you recently lost a loved one or family member to wrongful death? If so, you will likely need support during this troubling time so you can get the dependency benefits you and your family deserve. The attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk Personal Injury are aware of how tragic and emotional a wrongful death can be, and we’re here to provide you with support and expert guidance every step of the way.
Call Mottaz & Sisk Personal Injury today or fill out our online form, so we can discuss your case, legal options, and get you the compensation you deserve.