Here For You After You Have Lost A Loved One
When an accident happens, the results can be tragic. Not only can one or more of the parties involved in the accident suffer severe, life-altering injuries, but can also potentially be killed on the spot or die later from complications of their injuries. When this happens, the fatality victim’s family may seek compensation for their damages related to the death through a wrongful death claim.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, work with an attorney who knows injury law. Work with the team at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC. Our team has nearly 80 years of combined experience serving injury victims, and we are dedicated to providing knowledgeable and skilled legal counsel to our clients in Appleton and Neenah. After the loss of your loved one, we will help you seek justice and get the compensation you are due.
Causes Of Accidental Death In Wisconsin
Any type of accident that can result in a serious injury can result in a victim’s death. Examples of preventable accidents that can cause a wrongful death include:
- Roadway accidents, including car crashes, accidents involving semi trucks and other commercial vehicles, collisions involving motorcycles and other accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Injuries sustained in fires and electrical accidents
- Slips and falls
- Animal attacks
- Boating accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Neglectful or abusive nursing home care
- Accidents involving falling or projectile objects
When a victim dies in an accident, his or her death can have substantial financial consequences for his or her family alongside the emotional trauma of losing a loved one. Like with a personal injury claim, a wrongful death claim is a way for a party who suffered financial damages as a result of an accident to recover these damages after proving that the accident was due to another party’s negligence or reckless actions.
Seeking Compensation Following An Accidental Death
In order to seek monetary compensation through a wrongful death claim, the victim’s loved ones must demonstrate that they suffered specific damages due to the death, which was directly caused by another party’s negligence. These facts can be demonstrated through evidence like the victim’s medical record, photographs of the accident site and testimonies of the accident.
Damages for which the claimants may receive compensation include:
- Medical and funeral expenses for the deceased
- The loss of the deceased’s income and benefits
- The loss of the victim’s companionship and guidance
In Wisconsin, a personal representative of the victim’s estate or a close member of his or her family, such as a parent, guardian, spouse or child can file a wrongful death claim within three years of the victim’s death. If the victim had a spouse or a child under the age of 18, the court must set aside a portion of the damages awarded through the claim to care for the spouse and child. This amount may be up to 50%.
Contact Our Attorneys For A Free Consultation
If you have lost a loved one in an accident in Appleton or Neenah, or anywhere else in the Winnebago County area, consider working with an experienced wrongful death lawyer to pursue monetary compensation for your damages. To learn more about filing and pursuing a wrongful death claim, contact our team of experienced accidental death lawyers at 920-202-8872.