When a family member dies in an accident, you deserve to receive justice in the form of a settlement that can be used to protect your family’s financial future. To find out how to proceed with your case, contact a Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer.
The death of a loved one is a terrible thing to experience. Sometimes there is no one to blame, but when the death is due to someone else’s negligence or mistake, that person or entity can be held financially responsible.
If you have lost a loved one in a car crash, due to nursing home neglect, or because of any other accident type, you should immediately contact a Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer from the Law Offices of Gary Greenberg. Even if criminal charges get filed, they won’t help you protect what your family built together or award you any financial damages. You and your family deserve justice through financial compensation, and we can help you get exactly that.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin has strict rules about who can file a wrongful death claim, and no matter who makes it, it must be done within the three-year statute of limitations. The only people who can file for wrongful death are as follows:
The executor or personal representative of the deceased’s estate
The surviving spouse or domestic partner
The surviving children
The surviving parent or guardian of the deceased
If there are dependents left behind, the court must set aside some amount of compensation to care for them—no matter who filed the claim. For instance, if there are children from a previous marriage but the legal inheritor is an estranged stepmother to those children, the court is permitted to set up to 50 percent of the compensation aside for them. Your Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer will be well equipped to go through the details and provide clarity for your unique situation.
Financial Compensation for a Wrongful Death
Many survivors of accident victims don’t realize just how many damages and losses should be included in their final settlement amount. These items can extend well beyond the just the obvious financial expenses and can even include the negative impact that your family member’s death has had on your life.
You will need the compassionate yet unbiased eyes of a Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer to critically collect, evaluate, and quantify all of your losses:
Medical expenses accrued by efforts to keep the deceased alive
Memorial, funeral, and burial expenses
Lost future wages and other financial losses estimated through retirement age
Loss of society and companionship, also known as loss of consortium, can be up to $350,000 for an adult and $500,000 for a minor killed by another’s wrongful acts
Survivorship damages are for the pain and suffering that occurred to the victim before his or her wrongful death
Making the Legal Process as Easy as Possible
The death of a loved one is enough to worry about without also having to worry about fighting a legal battle for the compensation your family needs to protect everything it’s worked toward. Your Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer will be by your side every step of the way, handling the legal challenges so that you don’t have to. We will handle everything possible so that you can grieve and heal with your family.
Our firm will also collect all of the available evidence and record witness testimony, but this needs to be done quickly to be effective and convincing in court. This will give us a much stronger position when negotiating a settlement with the responsible parties and their insurance company, so contacting us swiftly is very important.
You will also need to be extremely careful in what is said to the insurance company and their attorneys. They will use anything you say out of context in an effort to place the blame on your deceased loved one, which will allow them to save their bottom line. Your lawyer will handle all of the communications and negotiations so that you never have to worry about inadvertently giving them an unfair advantage.
Get Help from a Milwaukee Wrongful Death Attorney
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of someone else, do not hesitate to seek compensation for your loss. Your family deserves to protect the future you were working toward before the tragedy.
Call us at 414-271-7007 to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation with a Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer from the Law Offices of Gary Greenberg. You may also fill out the form at the bottom of this page to have someone from our firm contact you at a later time.