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My loved one died in an accident a few months ago. I’ve been really busy taking care of my loved one’s arrangements, caring for my family, and grieving, and I haven’t had time to contact a Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer yet. Is it too late? How long do I have to file a Wisconsin wrongful death case?

Our Milwaukee wrongful death attorneys are so sorry to hear of your loss and understand that you have had a lot to deal with since your loved one died. Wisconsin law also recognizes that it might not be feasible to file a case immediately.

Accordingly, you generally have three years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a wrongful death claim if your loved one was killed because of someone else’s negligence. If your loved one was killed by someone else’s intentional act, such as murder or assault, then the statute of limitations may be shortened to two years.

Thus, it is not necessary to contact a Milwaukee accidental death lawyer the day that your loved one dies. However, we do encourage you to contact a lawyer when you are able to do so and not to wait until you are up against the Wisconsin wrongful death statute of limitations deadline. Instead, talk to an experienced lawyer about your case and give your lawyer the chance to research your case so that you can make an informed decision about whether to pursue a claim.

For more information and to schedule a FREE consultation with an experienced and compassionate wrongful death lawyer, please call us today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800. We also invite you to learn more about dealing with insurance companies after a wrongful death by ordering our FREE DVD: The Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham