You cannot always avoid an accident, even when all safety precautions are in place. This is because you cannot control the actions of others, and sometimes you might just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. You also cannot control where your loved ones will be when an accident occurs. Getting a call that a family member has been involved in an accident can cause your heart to skip a beat, but as long as your loved one is still breathing you might consider yourself lucky. Not every call to a spouse or parent ends with the good news that while an accident happened, everyone is relatively safe. In the most unfortunate of cases, the injuries are so severe that death is the result. When that happens, the responsible party must be held accountable, so those left behind can begin the healing process.
A wrongful death case is one where an injury happens, and through the negligent acts of another, death is the end result. For those left behind, the following pieces of recovery are available:
- Costs of final arrangements.
- Medical expenses associated with lifesaving efforts by doctors and other health care providers.
- Earnings that are attributable to the deceased.
- Loss of companionship.
- Punitive damages, designed to “punish” the wrongdoer so similar future accidents do not occur.
Nothing can take the place of a deceased loved one, but knowing the party responsible for the death is made to pay for their actions can provide much needed closure. In order to bring a case for wrongful death, the law requires the plaintiff be a “trustee”, which is really just a legal term for the next of kin with the authority to file the lawsuit. This person is typically a spouse, parent, or other family member. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, call us today for the help you need in filing a case and bringing it to completion.
If your loved one was in an accident and died, call our office to learn what steps to take next. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you and your family. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.