It shouldn’t have happened. Your loved one shouldn’t have died crossing the street. You’re blown away and racked with grief. Why here? Why now? And is there anything you can do to ease the horrible agony and stress you must feel? Now more than ever, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, bills are piling up, and the loss of a family member can make that unbearable on so many levels.
JD Haas, a Minneapolis team of personal injury lawyers, is here to help you through this challenging time. Losing a loved one is never easy under any circumstances, but when that loss is unexpected, it becomes even harder to process. As wrongful death lawyers, there’s little we haven’t seen, as far as emotions go. When you partner with us, you’ll be met with a team of gentle, sympathetic, and caring people who want to support you on the emotional level as well as the legal one. We set ourselves apart from our fellow wrongful death attorneys in our vow to always practice compassion alongside law. We work hard to help you through your case, no matter what you’re dealing with mentally or emotionally.
Have you considered seeking legal help for your loved one’s wrongful death case? If they were a pedestrian walking on the sidewalk or near roads and certain circumstances occurred that meant they died unjustly, you could be eligible for financial compensation.
You might feel a little unsure about taking legal action after the death of a loved one, regardless of how strongly you feel about that loved one having died unjustly. Perhaps you think the process will cause more exhaustion than it’s worth, or maybe you know that no amount of money gained from such exertions can replace the life that was lost. We agree with the latter; Money cannot replace a life. However, it can pay for a memorial and replace wages that may have been lost along with your loved one, easing the financial hardship that can come with an untimely death. At JD Haas, we offer free case evaluations to anyone in need. We can tell you if your pedestrian-related case is worth pursuing further, saving you time, money, and stress.
Considering coming in for one of those consultations, or submitting the corresponding online form with us? Here’s what you need to know about pedestrian-related deaths.
Pedestrian Law is Complicated
All law is complex, but this area can be particularly tough, and that’s all the more reason to seek out a reputable injury lawyer to help you through. For instance, we’re told in driving school that “The pedestrian always has the right of way.” While this is an excellent attitude to have when it comes to teaching courteous driving, it fails to acknowledge that pedestrians, just like drivers, have responsibilities when it comes to road usage. Jaywalking, for example, is extremely dangerous for both pedestrians and drivers, hence why many states have laws in place that penalize it.
To push a wrongful death case in your favor, your lawyer must establish what’s called liability – fault in the eyes of the law. In pedestrian-related wrongful death cases, you typically must prove a driver was negligent, reckless, or under the influence of a substance. However, additional situational factors may help determine liability, so it pays to seek the assistance of a high-end injury attorney who can assess your potential case from multiple angles.
Other things to consider before seeking legal help for a pedestrian-related wrongful death:
● Do you want to initiate a wrongful death case for the death of an unborn child? If your loved one was pregnant when the death occurred, you might be hurting from the loss of the unborn child, too. State law dictates whether or not charges can be pressed for this situation; a reputable wrongful death attorney will be able to advise you of the best state-specific course of action.
● Is the law firm you’re considering experienced in this area? A general personal injury lawyer just won’t cut it. Your lawyer should have specific knowledge about pedestrian-related wrongful deaths, ideally having worked on such cases before. It’s an intricate, multifaceted area of law that’s best navigated by specialists, not generalists.
● Will you have the support network you need to be able to handle this legal case? At JD Haas, we strive to support our clients every second they spend in our office, but love and care from close friends and family, and even counseling, can help to lift the emotional weight of the situation, if only for a minute. Consider pulling this support network close before diving forward into the legal case.
Compassionate Legal Help is Only a Phone Call Away
Our experienced team of wrongful death attorneys is ready and waiting to listen to your story. Contact us today at 952-345-1025. In addition to Minneapolis, where we are located, we serve Saint Paul, Bloomington, and Rochester.