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

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  • I have recently lost a loved one due to a wrongful death in Milwaukee. Who can I talk to about what I am going through?

    If you are like most other Americans, you were probably always taught that talking about your emotional problems is much better than holding them in. As true as this may be, it can be very difficult to open up to someone. Expressing yourself—even to people who are close to you—about what is going is hard after a wrongful death in Wisconsin.

    When you are grieving, it is important to try not to shut down. Most likely, there are people around who would love to be there for you. Opening up to them can help the recovery process after the loss you have sustained.

    If you do not know who to talk to after a Milwaukee wrongful death accident, consider talking to these people:

    • Family and friends. Your family and friends probably knew the person you lost. They will be able to relate to you and share in some of the past memories. They may also be dealing with their own grief due to the loss, which will allow you to help each other.
    • Professional. Many times the grief experienced after a death can only be helped through a professional counselor. Mental health care professionals can provide a great outlet for you to discuss your problems in private, while also teaching you ways to deal with the loss.
    • Attorney. Many legal issues may arise after a death, especially if it was an untimely death caused by negligence, neglect, or reckless behavior. If you have no knowledge of your legal options, it will be nearly impossible to steer yourself toward justice. An experienced Wisconsin wrongful death lawyer will be able to guide you through the entire process of holding people responsible for the grief they have caused.

    If you have experienced a loss due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Milwaukee wrongful death attorney at Hupy and Abraham today to discuss your legal options.

  • Why didn’t the police arrest the driver who killed my loved one in a recent Iowa car accident?

    In order for the Iowa State Police, or any local police officer, to arrest a driver the police must have probable cause to believe that the driver committed a crime. For example, if the police had probable cause to believe that the driver who caused your loved one’s accident was drunk, then they may have made an arrest.

    However, not all fatal accidents occur because a driver commits a crime. Sometimes, Iowa fatal accidents occur because a driver was distracted, tired, or otherwise negligent.

    Whether the driver committed a crime may have no bearing on your Iowa wrongful death case. You do not need to prove that the driver committed a crime in order to recover damages. Instead, you need to prove that the other driver failed to exercise reasonable care and that the driver’s failure to exercise reasonable care resulted in the accident and your loved one’s death.

    An experienced Iowa wrongful death lawyer can help you understand your rights and zealously advocate for your full recovery of damages after the death of a loved one. Damages may include compensation for medical bills incurred by your loved one prior to death, funeral expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, suffering, and other expenses.

    For more information, please contact an Iowa wrongful death attorney today via our website or by calling 800-800-5678 for a free consultation about your legal rights and possible financial recovery.

  • What are the most common food allergies? Which foods are most likely to cause an Illinois food allergy death?

    People can develop an allergy to almost any food. However, there are eight foods that are most likely to cause an allergic reaction. The foods that account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions in the United States are:

    • Milk and dairy products
    • Eggs
    • Wheat
    • Soybeans and soy products (tofu, soymilk)
    • Peanuts
    • Tree nuts (walnuts, pine nuts, pecans, hazel nuts, brazil nuts etc.)
    • Fish (Flounder, salmon, halibut, trout, etc.)
    • Shellfish (oysters, crab, shrimp, lobster, etc.)

    The most dangerous of these foods are:

    • Peanuts
    • Tree nuts
    • Shellfish
    • Eggs
    • Milk

    Food manufacturers, restaurants, caterers and other food service providers should be aware that many people are allergic to these foods. Food products must be labeled properly so that any allergens can be easily identified. Restaurants must make accommodations for those who are allergic to these ingredients. Food service providers can be held liable for allergic reactions that are the result of a mislabeled a food product, failure to disclose ingredients, or negligently serving a food allergen to someone who has warned he is allergic to that food.

    It is important to know that these eight foods are not the only foods that can cause the dangerous allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. People can also have very serious allergies to other foods such as tomatoes, mango, citrus fruit, corn, mustard, garlic, onion, strawberries, sesame, sunflower seeds, and canola. An Illinois food allergy death can result from anaphylaxis. If you have a severe food allergy, you must let waiters and other food staff know in advance about your allergy.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies cause 30,000 cases of anaphylaxis each year. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious allergic reaction because of the negligence of a restaurant, food preparer, or food manufacturer, please call Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. Out Rockford personal injury attorneys will let you know if you have an Illinois allergy injury claim.

  • I heard that one of the common causes for a Wisconsin wrongful death accident in the workplace is a fall. How can I be sure that my employer does not allow this to happen?

    The sudden tragic loss of a loved one is a very traumatic and painful thing. It often leaves the victim’s friends and families in disbelief and sadness. When spouses send their loves off to work, they should never have to go through the agony of not having them return.

    A fall is one of the frequent causes of a wrongful death accident at work. An employer should be taking every step possible to prevent deadly falls from happening. An employer is legally obligated to provide a safe work environment for all employees.

    There are three ways your employer can prevent a fall accident from happening. As an employee you can make sure that your employer is:

    • Planning ahead. Before the work on a project ever begins, an employer should make plans. He should be deciding what it will take to get the job done, what types of tasks the employees will be doing, and what safety equipment it will take to complete it safely.
    • Providing adequate equipment. An employer should provide all his employees the right tools and equipment it takes to get the job done safely. Many jobs require workers to be up on ladders, roofs, or scaffolds. Without properly functioning safety equipment, these tasks can be extremely dangerous. Even a fall from a modest height can be fatal.
    • Training employees. Not knowing how to properly use the tools and equipment provided can cause a fall. Employers should be training their employees on the safe use of ladders, scaffolds, fall protection systems, and any other equipment they might be using on the job.

    If you have lost a loved one due to a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer at Hupy and Abraham, to discuss your legal options. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.

  • My spouse recently died from Rockford car accident injuries she sustained a few weeks ago. Can I file a wrongful death claim in Illinois even though she didn’t die at the accident scene?

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your spouse. Generally, you can file an Illinois wrongful death claim and recover damages if you can prove the elements of a wrongful death case.

    There is no requirement that your spouse’s death occur at the scene of the accident. Instead, the law just requires that the accident was the cause of your wife’s death. In other words, her death even a few weeks after the accident must have been because of the injuries she sustained in the accident and not because of other causes, such as an illness or medical malpractice.

    In order to recover damages for an Illinois wrongful death case you will need to prove that:

    • The person against whom you are bringing the claim (the defendant) owed your spouse a duty of care.
    • The defendant breached his duty of care by failing to act like a reasonable person would act in a similar situation.
    • The breach of the duty of care was the cause of your spouse’s death. In other words, your spouse would not have died but for the defendant’s negligent actions or inactions.
    • You are legally entitled to receive damages for the loss of your spouse.

    It can be intimidating to try to understand this standard on your own. Our experienced Illinois wrongful death lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation and more information about your rights. Please contact us today via this website or by calling 815-877-3900 or 1-800-390-6350 toll-free for more information.

  • How can a Cedar Rapids wrongful death lawyer help my family get accountability after a fatal car accident?

    If you have lost a loved one in an Iowa car accident, you may feel that your world will never be right again. In some ways, you are absolutely correct. Your loved one won’t come back. But a Cedar Rapids wrongful death attorney can help you get accountability for your loss and ease your financial struggles.

    A Cedar Rapids personal injury attorney can:

    • Investigate the accident that caused the death
    • Establish the cause of death
    • Determine who is liable for the death and whether multiple parties share the blame
    • Determine the value of your claim
    • Handle the paperwork related to the death
    • Create an estate and appoint an administrator if the deceased did not leave a will
    • File the paperwork for the Iowa wrongful death claim
    • Negotiate with the insurance company
    • Gather evidence to support your case
    • Seek a settlement or take the case to trial
    • Pay bills and distribute the damages

    You have suffered enough. You have lost a family member. You not deserve to suffer financially. An Iowa wrongful death lawsuit can provide compensation for medical bills, burial expenses, property damage and other expenses associated with the death. You can also be financially compensated for the income, companionship, and services that your family has lost.

    The Cedar Rapids wrongful death attorneys at Hupy and Abraham work hard to protect the rights of Iowa injury victims and their families. Learn more about your rights in our free book, The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims. To schedule a free consultation, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • A friend tells me that I shouldn’t contact a Des Moines wrongful death lawyer because my husband accepted the risk of a potential accident by driving late at night. She said, “Everyone knows that drunk drivers are out at night.” Is that true?

    We’re sure that your friend has your best interests at heart and is relying on information that she believes to be correct. However, the information that she provided to you is not entirely true. While there may be more Iowa drunk driving accidents late at night than during the day, that does not mean that your husband assumed the risk of being killed by a drunk driver by driving late at night.

    Drunk driving is against the law in Iowa during every hour of every day. Your husband had a right to be on a public road even late at night without being hit by a drunk driver and you may have the right to recover damages for the drunk driver’s actions.

    Our Des Moines wrongful death attorneys know that there is nothing that we can do to take away your emotional pain or to bring your husband back. However, we may be able to help your family with the financial loss caused by the drunk driver’s actions and we may be able to help hold that driver accountable for what he has done to your husband and to your family.

    Specifically, we may be able to recover damages for your husband’s estate that will compensate the estate for his medical expenses prior to death, funeral expenses, past and future lost income, and for pain and suffering. For more information and for a free consultation we encourage you to contact our Des Moines fatal accident lawyers directly at 1-800-800-5678 or locally at 515-984-0091.

  • My husband, who recently died in an Illinois motorcycle accident, always handled the legal matters in our family. My friends and family are telling me that I should contact an Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss my legal rights. I am new to this and overwhelmed with the loss of my spouse. What should I do?

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband in an Illinois motorcycle accident.

    The financial, business, and legal aspects of death can be overwhelming even when death is expected—and the experience can be paralyzing when death is sudden, as it was for your loved one. We understand that it can be difficult to think about legal matters when you are grieving. However, we encourage you to contact an experienced Illinois motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your family’s rights.

    Your spouse’s estate may have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim against the person who caused the wrongful death accident. Such a claim may be paid by an insurance company or settled in a personal injury trial. Generally, a recovery may be important to your family because it may include damages for your spouse’s medical bills and funeral, your spouse’s past and future lost income, your family’s out-of-pocket costs related to the accident and your spouse’s death, and compensation for the pain and suffering of your family.

    One of our Illinois wrongful death lawyers will walk you through every step of the process and zealously advocate for your full recovery. We will work hard to get you the fair recovery that you deserve while you grieve and work on adapting to your new life. For more information, please call one our experienced lawyers today at 1-800-800-5678 and please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.

  • I recently lost a loved one in a car crash due to an auto defect. Who can be held liable in a Wisconsin wrongful death suit?

    Vehicles are big and dangerous machines. Add the fact that the vehicle can have defective parts and that danger multiplies. Unfortunately, these defects can lead to the death of a driver and passengers.

    It is heart-wrenching to hear of these preventable deaths. If the proper time and care had put into the product, perhaps the death wouldn’t have occurred. When a death occurs due to a defective vehicle there are a number of parties that may be named in a lawsuit.

    Some of the parties that can be held accountable for your Milwaukee wrongful death are:

    • Auto manufacturer. Usually at the heart of the problem is the car manufacturer. The manufacturer is responsible for delivering a vehicle that will be safe for its customers and the public.
    • Parts manufacturer. If the accident is caused by a specific part you purchased, such as a battery or tire, the manufacturer of the parts in question may be held responsible in a claim.
    • Car dealership. The dealership can be held responsible for the damages, even if you were not the purchaser of the vehicle.
    • Middleman. The shipper, or middleman, of the defective parts can be included in a claim. Any party that had ownership of the part—from manufacturer to retailer—may be held liable for injuries that result when the part fails.

    Dealing with the loss of a loved one may seem overwhelming, and the last thing on your mind is a lawsuit. However, an experienced Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer at Hupy and Abraham can help ease the burden. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.

  • The driver who killed my loved one in a Milwaukee car crash just left the scene and did nothing to help my loved one in her final minutes. What should she have done after the crash?

    Our Milwaukee accident attorneys are sorry to hear of the death of your loved one. We understand that this fatal accident would have been devastating under any circumstances but might be even more painful under the circumstances that you can describe.

    It can seem incomprehensible that anyone could leave the scene of the accident where someone has been so gravely injured. Yet, unfortunately, some people do flee accident scenes. They leave for a variety of reasons, none of which is allowed by law. For example, they may leave because they are scared of the consequences of staying, they may leave because they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or they may leave because they simply don’t understand their duty to remain at the accident scene.

    None of these are acceptable excuses. The driver who was caused the accident that killed your loved one had a legal duty to remain at the accident scene. While we can’t go back and change what happened, we can help your family recover the financial damages that you deserve after a fatal Milwaukee accident.

    We can help you fight for your fair and just financial recovery and we can help hold the person who killed your loved one accountable for his or her actions. For more information, we encourage you to contact our Milwaukee fatal accident lawyers today via our website or at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.