Filing a lawsuit may not be a priority for families that have experienced the unexpected loss of a loved one however, taking legal action may provide compensation to help manage out-of-pocket expenses and other costs that may arise following a wrongful death incident. Families may also be able to hold those accountable for the negligent actions that may have caused – or contributed to – the fatality.
The Saint Paul wrongful death lawyers at TSR Injury Law understand that this may be a sensitive time for you and your family, and we are here to help. We have been helping injury victims and their families recover compensation for over 20 years. Our firm has recovered $300 million in compensation on behalf of our clients.
We offer a free consultation and you are not obligated to have us represent you. We can answer any questions you may have about the legal process and you will not be charged any upfront fees for our services. Our attorneys do not get paid unless we win fair compensation for your case.
Contact an experienced lawyer from TSR Injury Law today by calling (612) TSR-TIME.
What is a Wrongful Death Under Minnesota Law?
A wrongful death is caused by the negligent or wrongful acts of another party. If the victim had survived, he or she would have had the basis for a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.
There are many types of accidents caused by negligence that could give you grounds to file a wrongful death claim:
- Motor vehicle accidents – Auto accident deaths are often caused by driver negligence. Common examples include distracted driving, speeding, disobeying traffic laws or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Workplace accidents – Workplace deaths are more common in the construction and manufacturing industries. Falling debris, faulty machinery and electrocution are just some of the reasons why these types of jobs are so dangerous.
- Slip and fall accidents – Falling down stairs or from high up can lead to serious injury and possibly death. Residential and commercial property owners may be held liable if you can prove they failed to take reasonable steps to keep their property safe.
- Medical malpractice – Misdiagnosis, surgical errors and medication errors are just a few examples of medical malpractice that could result in death.
If your loved one died because of any of the above situations or another situation caused by negligence, you may have a chance to pursue compensation for your damages.
Our Saint Paul wrongful death attorneys are available to discuss the situation in a free consultation. TSR Injury Law: (612) TSR-TIME.
How Do I Know if My Case is Valid?
Your lawyer must be able to prove the four elements of negligence were present in the accident that led to your loved one’s death:
- Duty of care – The at-fault party owed a duty of care to the deceased to take steps to prevent harm to others. For example, property owners must take reasonable action to help prevent injuries to visitors.
- Breached duty of care – Your lawyer must prove the duty of care was breached by the at-fault party.
- Causal link – There must be a direct link between the breached duty of care and your loved one’s injury and death. Your lawyer must prove death would not have occurred had the at-fault party upheld his or her duty of care. Your lawyer might bring in an industry expert witness to help prove this aspect of negligence.
- Damages sustained – Your lawyer must provide proof you or your family sustained damages such as medical bills, burial and funeral costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and lost benefits and earning potential.
What Type of Compensation Can I Receive?
Many factors are considered when determining compensation for the unexpected loss of a loved one. For example, if the deceased person was the head of household and was responsible for supporting the family financially, his or her dependents may be able to receive compensation for lost income and benefits.
Surviving family or the appointed trustee may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical bills for treatment of the injury that resulted in death
- Funeral and burial costs
- Any pain and suffering endured by the deceased before death
- Loss of companionship, affection and care of surviving family members
We know compensation cannot make up for the loss of a loved one, but it can help families manage some of the damages they have suffered.
Schedule a free consultation today by calling our Saint Paul wrongful death lawyers us at (612) TSR-TIME.
Which Family Members Can File a Claim?
In Minnesota, wrongful death claims can be filed by any one of the following relatives of the deceased:
- A surviving spouse
- Children of the deceased
- Parent of the deceased
- Grandparent of the deceased
- Sibling of the deceased
- Legal guardian of the deceased
- An appointed trustee or representative of the estate
Unsure if you can file? Our attorneys are available to discuss your situation in a free consultation. There is no obligation to take legal action so there is no risk to you.
How Long Does My Family Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Every state has its own statute of limitations, which determines the amount of time permitted to file a wrongful death claim. In Minnesota, you generally have three years to do so. However, since no two accidents are exactly alike, there may be instances where this time period may be shortened or extended, depending on the details of your wrongful death case.
We recommend contacting a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the merits of your claim and the deadline that may apply. If you do not file your claim before the deadline passes, you may lose the right to seek compensation.
Call TSR Injury Law at (612) TSR-TIME. We can be contacted anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How Can a Lawyer from TSR Injury Law Help?
If you have a valid claim, there may be numerous ways our lawyers may be able to assist with your wrongful death case.
One important advantage of hiring a lawyer is he or she can speak with insurance companies and other involved parties on your behalf to defend your best interests.
Insurance companies often contact victims to try to get them to say things that may lower the value of their claim. They may try to hold anything you say or do against you. Our lawyers know what to say and what not to say to help preserve the full value of your claim.
Our St. Paul wrongful death attorneys are also prepared to take the necessary steps to build a robust case for maximum compensation:
- Gathering evidence
- Reconstructing the scene of the accident
- Collecting accident reports
- Interviewing witness
- Investigating medical records
- Hiring industry expert witnesses (if necessary)
- Negotiating a fair settlement
- Preparing your claim for trial (if necessary)
Our team of attorneys, paralegals, investigators and support staff is ready to get to work pursuing the full value of your claim.
Call a St. Paul Wrongful Death Attorney for a Free Consultation
We understand this is a very difficult time for your family. We are here to manage the legal process on your behalf so you can be with your family.
Schedule your no-risk consultation so you can ask us about the legal process and whether you may have a case. We charge no upfront fees and we only receive payment when we win your case.
In more than 20 years, we have recovered $300 million in compensation. Partner Rich Ruohonen was named Minnesota Attorney of the Year and has served as president of the Minnesota Association for Justice.
Our main office is located at 7760 France Ave South Suite 820 in Minneapolis, which is only a 10-minute drive from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.