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Is every death in Wisconsin a wrongful death case?

No, not every death in Wisconsin is potentially a wrongful death case.

In order to recover damages in a Wisconsin wrongful death case, the death must have been caused by the willful or negligent act of another human being. Thus, death from natural causes and death caused by the person who died are not considered to be wrongful death and survivors of the person who died are not entitled to legal damages.

That said, it is not always easy to tell what a wrongful death is without speaking to an experienced Wisconsin wrongful death attorney. For example, while death from natural causes, such as cancer or heart disease, is not wrongful death, survivors could have a wrongful death lawsuit if a doctor’s negligent or medical malpractice caused the person to die. Similarly, suicides are often not wrongful deaths because they, by definition, occur because of the willful actions of the person who died. However, in some cases suicides may actually be caused by others who led the suicidal person to take extreme actions and in those cases a wrongful death case may be possible.

Whether or not the death of your loved one was a “wrongful” death, you are likely still grieving and you deserve to have your question answered specifically based on what happened to your loved one. To get the answer your family deserves, please call our experienced Milwaukee wrongful death lawyers today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 for a FREE consultation.