Filing a wrongful death lawsuit may be your best hope to secure justice

If your loved one was killed due to the negligent or intentional actions of another person, you may be able to bring forth a wrongful death lawsuit against them. Filing a wrongful death claim has many benefits for the family left behind. You may be able to recover any financial losses you suffered as a result of the death as well as a variety of other damages. To find out more, contact an experienced wrongful death attorney.

Why Use a Wrongful Death Lawyer

Losing a loved one is never easy, but knowing the loss was due to another party's negligent behavior can be traumatizing. After losing a family member because of someone else's negligent or intentional actions, consulting with an attorney can provide you with the necessary information to determine if you and your family have a claim. A wrongful death attorney will only advise you to file a wrongful death lawsuit if it will benefit you or your family.

An attorney will do the following to help with your case:

  • Gather evidence and prove liability
  • Determine the value of your wrongful death claim
  • Protect your rights to ensure that you get a fair settlement

In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must be able to establish that you have a specific relationship to the person who died. In many states, those eligible to file a wrongful death claim must be a personal representative of the decedent’s estate. This may include a spouse, adult child, parent, or another person who has the right to the damages recovered from a claim.

If you choose to pursue a wrongful death claim, it is your wrongful death attorney’s job to oversee the process so it can go as smoothly as possible for you.

Benefits of Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

While there is no amount of money that can replace the life of your loved one, there are many reasons why a family member may wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, such as:

  • Establish accountability. A wrongful death lawsuit can hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. Holding the negligent party accountable can prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future and can send a message to other parties that there are serious consequences for those who cause them.
  • Provide financial recovery. A wrongful death claim can provide you with money to cover any financial losses such as outstanding medical bills or funeral costs. It can compensate you for any loss of income that your family has suffered as well as the pain and suffering that you had to endure as a result of the loss.

Common Causes of Wrongful Deaths

A wrongful death results from the negligence of another party causing the event that caused the death. Some common causes of wrongful deaths are:

  • Car or motorcycle accident
  • Pedestrian accident
  • Prescription drug or faulty medical device injury
  • Injury on someone else’s property
  • Accident at a jobsite or workplace
  • Daycare center or nursing home negligence
  • Slip and fall accident
  • Act of violence

A wrongful death lawsuit is filed against the party responsible for the death. An experienced attorney can determine liability and calculate the cost of your wrongful death claim. Some damages you may be entitled to receive are:

  • Medical bills from the time of the accident until the death occurred
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of income from the time of the accident until what would have been your loved one’s anticipated retirement date
  • Loss of companionship
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses
  • Punitive damages

Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney Today

If your loved one was killed due to another party’s negligence, don’t wait another day. Every state has its own statute of limitations to file a claim, so contact our experienced lawyers at Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation today before your time runs out. To set up a confidential appointment in any of our 11 Midwest law offices conveniently located throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, you can fill out our convenient contact form online or call us at 1-800-800-5678.


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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.