Filing a Wrongful Death Claim for a Loved One
The personal injury attorneys at Bowden Cyr, PLLC, have significant experience handling wrongful death actions in Minnesota courts. We understand that losing a family member is one of the most difficult experiences a person may endure, especially when the loss occurs suddenly and could have been prevented. By providing strong, caring representation, we strive to help our clients overcome tragedy and obtain the legal remedies they deserve.
Minnesota Law Governing Wrongful Death Actions
Under Minnesota law, when a person’s death is caused by the wrongful act or omission of another, a trustee (representing eligible family members) may maintain an action against the wrongdoer if the deceased person might have maintained an action, had he or she lived, against the wrongdoer for an injury caused by the act or omission. Family members able to recover in wrongful death actions generally include parents, spouses, and children. A minor can file a wrongful death lawsuit with the representation of a guardian.
Showing that the surviving spouse or family members suffered a financial loss as a result of the death is also necessary to establish a wrongful death action in Minnesota. Damages based on financial loss may include:
- Costs incurred for medical services, burial services, and memorial services
- Loss of financial support from the deceased person’s income
- Compensation for loss of medical insurance or retirement benefits
- Compensation for the costs of child care services
Minnesota law also allows for compensation for loss of emotional support and love from the victim, as well as damages for grief, sorrow and mental suffering. In some cases, punitive damages intended to punish wrongdoers and prevent them from harming others in the future may be available to surviving family members.
Our personal injury lawyers have helped many families obtain significant compensation after the death of a loved one. By handling all aspects of a wrongful death case, from investigation to trial, we allow grieving families to focus on their emotional recovery, while we work to achieve a maximum damage award on their behalf.
Contact Experienced, Caring Attorneys in St. Paul
Bowden Cyr, PLLC, can help ensure that your family’s rights are protected if you have lost a loved one in an accident. Please call our offices in St. Paul at 612-254-6409 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers. You can also reach us online. We handle wrongful death actions on a contingency arrangement, which means you pay no legal fees until we achieve a recovery award in your case.