Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About Wisconsin Wrongful Death Accidents and Recoveries

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  • My family is dealing with a wrongful death accident that occurred in Green Bay and I am worried about my child. What are some of the reactions a child will have after a death of a loved one?

    Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be extremely difficult. You most are most likely aware of this from your own firsthand experience. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to cope, deal or get through the hard times the loss brings on. It is not uncommon for people to go through long periods of depression and sadness.

    These feelings are not exclusive to us adults. We often forget that our children are also going through an equally hard time. As resilient as children are, it is still hard for them to cope and live a normal life. A parent should be able to understand some of the reactions that a child might show in response to the death. This will help the parent be able to help their child cope with the loss.

    Four common reactions a child will show after the loss of a loved one are:

    • Emotional shock. A child may show signs of emotional shock, which includes a lack of feelings. This emotional shock can hinder the child’s ability to deal with the pain caused by the loss.
    • Regressive behavior. Regressive behavior, such as needing to be rocked or held, may occur after the loss has occurred. The child may also experience separation anxiety from parents or needing to sleep in the parent’s bed.
    • Acting out. A child may act out as a response to feeling angry, scared, frustrated, and helpless over the loss.
    • Repetitive questioning. Children will often ask questions that they have previously asked in regards to the death. This is typically because the information is hard to believe or accept.


    If you and your children are suffering from the loss of a loved one due to a wrongful death act, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced Green Bay wrongful death attorney by calling 800-800-5678 today. You will receive a free case evaluation.


  • I recently read that recalled toys can cause serious injuries. How do I know that my child’s toys are safe?

    Each year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls millions of toys for a variety of dangers ranging from lacerations to choking hazards to heavy metal poisoning. Most of these products aren’t recalled until after they’ve been on store shelves. Although recalls are published, they are rarely front-page news. Many parents aren’t aware that a toy is dangerous until after their child is injured.

    In 2010, toy-related injuries killed 17 children. These tips from the Green Bay product liability attorneys at Hupy and Abraham will help you identify unsafe and recalled toys:

    • Buy toys from reputable dealers. Toys from dollar stores are more likely to be recalled than name-brand toys.
    • Read labels. The labels will give the suggested age range for the toy and warn of any safety hazards, including small parts that may pose a choking hazard.
    • Be informed. You can sign up to receive recall announcements from the CPSC.
    • Fill out toy registration forms. If you mail the card back to the manufacturer, you will receive alerts about any recalls.
    • Check the toy’s model number. When a toy recall is announced, the announcement will list the model numbers included in the recall. Check your toy for the model number. It may be located on the tag or stamped directly on the toy.
    • Contact the manufacturer. If a toy is recalled, contact the manufacturer for a refund or replacement.


    If a toy injures your child, don’t hesitate to call a Green Bay product liability lawyer. Your family may qualify for compensation for your child’s injuries and related expenses. Call Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 to schedule a free consultation.

  • What is the difference between a survival claim and wrongful death claim in Illinois? Can I pursue both?

    When you lose loved one because of the negligence, recklessness, or wrongful behavior of another person or entity, you have a right to file an Illinois wrongful death claim. This allows you to pursue compensation for expenses related to the death and the financial and emotional losses experienced by your family. Wrongful death damages are always paid to immediate family members and include burial expenses, the loss of income to the family, mental pain and anguish over the loss of the loved one, and the loss of services that the deceased provided.

    When you file a wrongful death claim in Illinois, you may also be eligible to file a survival claim. The estate of the deceased files a survival claim in order to recover the compensation that the deceased would have received had he survived the accident. Survival claim damages include medical expenses, loss of earning capacity before death, and pain and suffering. If these damages are awarded, they must be distributed according to the terms of the estate.

    In some states, surviving family members to choose between pursuing a wrongful death action or pursuing a survival action. In Illinois, a family may choose to do both. The same attorney can file these actions at the same time.

    Every family who loses a loved one to a wrongful death deserves accountability. To learn more about Illinois wrongful death claims, please contact the Rockford personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-390-6350 to schedule a free consultation.

  • Are Wisconsin wrongful death cases only for motor vehicle accident fatalities? Can I call a Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer if my loved one died in a different kind of accident?

    We are sorry to hear that your loved one has been killed in a Wisconsin accident, and we understand your question. Many of the wrongful death cases that we hear about from friends or read about in the news involve car crashes, truck wrecks, or motorcycle accidents. Any of these types of motor vehicle accidents may lead to a wrongful death case. However, these are not the only causes of wrongful death cases in Wisconsin.

    You may contact a Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer and pursue damages if your loved one was killed by someone else’s negligent or intentional actions. For example, in some cases, a slip and fall accident or a dog bite injury could be fatal and could lead to a wrongful death case.

    If you believe that someone else was legally responsible for your loved one’s death then it is important to contact an experienced Milwaukee wrongful death attorney to discuss pursuing your fair and just recovery of:

    • Medical expenses your loved one incurred between the time of the accident and death.
    • Funeral costs.
    • Out-of-pocket expenses.
    • Lost income.
    • Pain and suffering.
    • Other damages.

    For more information, please call a Wisconsin wrongful death lawyer today at 414-223-4800 or 800-800-5678 to schedule a FREE, no obligation consultation so that we can discuss your potential case and possible recovery.


  • Is it worth my time and energy to file a Wisconsin wrongful death lawsuit?

    If a close family member has died then you have a lot on your mind. As you are grieving and caring for your other family members who are also in mourning, you may need to continue working. You may need to continue running your household. You may need to deal with the business aspects of a death such as arranging a funeral, closing accounts, and handling insurance claims.

    The weeks and months following a wrongful death can be overwhelming and you, understandably, may be hesitant to get involved in anything that is going to take more of your time and energy. However, before you can decide whether or not it makes sense to file a Wisconsin wrongful death lawsuit, you need to know more about the potential benefits of filing a case and the risks of failing to file a cause.

    Our Milwaukee wrongful death attorneys want you to make an informed decision that you are comfortable with now and that you won’t regret in the future. We invite you to contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer so that you can learn more about the specific pros and cons of filing a Wisconsin wrongful death lawsuit after the loss of your loved one. Please contact us today via this website or by calling us directly at 800-800-5678 today to learn more about your legal options and possible recovery.

  • How long does it take to settle an Iowa wrongful death claim?

    You feel as if there is no way that your grief is ever going to end or that the suffering in your life will ever cease. However, if you have lost a loved one in an Iowa accident, then you may be wondering how long it takes to settle an Iowa wrongful death claim.

    Our Iowa wrongful death lawyers wish that we could give you a date by which your claim would be settled. Unfortunately, that is not how it works. Every case is different. However, we can give you some hints on how to settle an Iowa wrongful death claim both quickly and fairly. Specifically, we encourage you to:

    • Know what your case is worth. It does you no good to settle a case quickly if the recovery that you are getting is unfairly low.
    • Understand that the insurance company wants to settle quickly. Often insurance companies want to settle quickly. They think that you will take less money to settle your Iowa wrongful death claim if they get you to settle while your grief is still raw and before you have consulted an Iowa wrongful death attorney.
    • Contact an Iowa wrongful death lawyer. You don’t have to wait and you don’t have to try to settle your own Iowa wrongful death claim. Instead, you have the right to work with an experienced wrongful death attorney in Iowa.

    For more information about settling your Iowa wrongful death claim fairly and quickly, please call an experienced Iowa wrongful death lawyer today at 888-807-2752 to schedule an initial consultation.

  • Is it possible for an anesthesiologist to be the cause of a wrongful death accident in Wisconsin?

    During surgery, a patient puts his life in the hands of just a few people. One of the people who has control over the life of the patient undergoing surgery is the anesthesiologist. An anesthesiologist has the duty of making sure that the patient does not experience pain during the procedure. He must make sure that he administers the right dose of sedative to keep the patient unconscious but not to interfere with vital functions.

    A small mistake can indeed lead to the death of the patient. It is very likely that this can lead to a Wisconsin wrongful death claim. A situation like this is not uncommon. In fact, there were more than 2,200 anesthesia deaths between 1999 and 2005. Anesthesia has been found to be the underlying cause of death in approximately 34 people every year in the United State, and a contributing factor in about 281 other deaths.

    Some of the common ways a death is caused by an anesthesiologist are:

    • Incorrect dosage. An anesthesiologist uses drugs that are very strong. A slight overdose of the drug can easily lead to death. This is the most common cause for death by an anesthesiologist.
    • Wrong medicine. It is important to give each patient the correct type of anesthesia. The wrong anesthesia may lead to the wrong dose amount or an allergic reaction by the patient.
    • Other factors. Administering anesthesia is a complicated practice. There are many factors that play into the safety of the patient. The slightest misstep by the anesthesiologist can easily lead to the death of the patient.

    If you lost a loved one during a surgery or any other cause, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. Contact a Milwaukee wrongful death attorney for a free case evaluation. Call 800-800-5678 to discuss you legal options.

  • How safe is sedation dentistry? What steps should I take to minimize sedation dentistry risks?

    Are you or your child terrified of going to the dentist? Do you have a bad gag reflex? Do you need a lot of dental work? Do you have a low pain threshold? Are you a parent of a special needs child?

    These are all good reasons for choosing sedation dentistry. However, sedation dentistry is only as safe as the dentist performing the sedation.

    In Wisconsin, dentists must hold permits in order to perform any type of sedation. Most dentists are able to administer minimal sedation using nitrous oxide or laughing gas. An increasing number of dentists are able to perform conscious sedation. This is a state of medically induced relaxation. The patient is in a dreamlike state, but able to respond to commands. Very few dentists are able to use general anesthesia or deep sedation.

    There are risks associated with any type of anesthesia. However, sedation dentistry is usually safe when performed by an experienced dentist. Check your dentist’s qualifications before undergoing sedation dentistry. Ask your dentist about his training, his experience, and the number of procedures that he has performed. Ask if he has dealt with emergencies or bad reactions. Check the dentist’s credentials with the Wisconsin Dental Association.

    Our Milwaukee dental malpractice attorneys suggest doing the following before the procedure:

    • Consult your own regular doctor, especially if you are taking any medications. Ask if you have any health issues that the dentist should take into account.
    • Discuss your health history with your dentist. The dentist should ask about existing health problems and any medications you're currently taking.
    • Find out the name of the sedative that will be used and the dosage you will be given.
    • Make sure you are given a form detailing the risks of the procedure. Go over the form with the dentist. Ask questions if you don’t understand.
    • Check that the dentist will be monitoring your vital signs during the procedure and that he has emergency equipment on hand.

    A good doctor will not be offended by your questions.

    The Milwaukee medical malpractice attorneys at Hupy and Abraham help victims of medical malpractice get justice, accountability, and compensation. Please call us at 800-800-5678 to discuss your Wisconsin dental malpractice case.

  • The driver who caused the Illinois accident that killed my child has apologized and seems genuinely sorry about the damage that he has done. Since I can’t have my child back, an apology is really what I wanted. Why should I still pursue an Illinois wrongful death case?

    We are glad to hear that you got the apology that you very much deserved and that the driver who killed your child is remorseful. We agree with you and believe that the apology is very important.

    However, the apology may not be enough. An apology alone will not pay for the medical bills that your child incurred before he or she died. It will not pay for the funeral expenses. It will not compensate your family for the suffering you are all living with nor will it compensate you for the loss of your child’s life.

    An Illinois wrongful death case may help you with the things that an apology alone cannot give you. It may help you with your financial compensation. Additionally, it may hold the person accountable and send a message to other drivers that fatal accidents do have serious consequences for the people who cause them.

    For more information about why you might want to consider an Illinois wrongful death case, we encourage you to contact an experienced Rockford wrongful death lawyer today via this website or by calling 815-877-3900 or 800-390-6350. Together, we can work hard to help protect your family’s rights and get the recovery that you deserve.

  • My spouse has been killed in a recent Quad Cities car accident. How will I support our family? Who can help me protect my family?

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your spouse in a Quad Cities car accident. We can’t begin to imagine the significant ways, and the many smaller ways, in which your life has changed. We wouldn’t presume to understand your grief.

    However, we do understand why you are you afraid for the future of your family. You don’t want your children to suffer financially. You don’t want to have to leave your home. You don’t want your family’s standard of living to change without your spouse’s income.

    An experienced Quad Cities wrongful death lawyer may be able to help you protect your family’s financial future during this difficult time. We may be able to help you stay in your home and maintain your standard of living by seeking a fair settlement or court verdict for the accident that caused the death of your spouse.

    If someone else’s negligent or deliberate actions caused your spouse’s death then we will fight hard to get you the damages that you deserve for:

    • Medical bills incurred by your loved one prior to death.
    • Funeral expenses.
    • Out-of-pocket costs caused by the accident.
    • Past, current, and future lost income.
    • Pain and suffering.
    • Other expenses or harm caused by the accident.

    For more information, we invite you to contact an experienced Quad Cities wrongful death attorney today at 563-275-6892 or 888-807-2752. We will do our best to protect your family during this difficult time.