It’s not easy losing a loved one because of someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. It helps to see a lawyer so you understand what compensation a family member might be entitled to. A claim must be settled, or a lawsuit started, within three (3) years of the date the accident happened. There are some benefits a lawyer may be able to help you receive soon after the accident and help you pick a reputable probate attorney to wrap up those affairs that need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Proceeds from the wrongful death claim can help the deceased family find closure and move forward with their lives.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim?
Wisconsin, like every other state, has a separate statute that says who can collect for this loss and what damages can be recovered. In Wisconsin, these are the people who can do that:
– The surviving family members of the deceased, such as their spouse, children, parents, or a guardian;
– A personal representative of the deceased’s estate.
The court will set aside up to half of the damages for the dependents of the deceased, irrespective of who files the claim or lawsuit.
Some of the damages usually awarded in a wrongful death case include:
– The pain and suffering the deceased had prior to the time they passed;
– The survivor’s loss of love and companionship.
– Funeral expenditures;
– Loss income the deceased may have earned if they were alive;
– Medical expenses for surgeries and treatments the deceased underwent because of negligent behavior.
Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney from the Law Offices of John V. O’Connor
At the Law Offices of John V. O’Connor we can help. Call (262) 605-8400 to make an appointment for a consultation today.