Anyone who loses a loved one in a car accident deserves to receive financial and related help so they can overcome the pain they are experiencing. Losing a loved one is always a traumatic experience, but to lose them due to the fault of a negligent driver causes a lot more pain and suffering because of the unfairness of the loss. If a person loses a loved one, such as a close family member in a car accident they may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
According to the law in Minnesota, wrongful death is defined as a death caused by the negligence of another person. In most cases, only the surviving family members and very close relatives who have suffered the most through the loss of financial support and loss of companionship can make this claim. The spouse, children, siblings, or parents may be eligible to make this claim based on the details of the case.
The damages and how much settlement the surviving family members will get are based on a variety of factors. Firstly, the deceased’s financial contributions to the home will be taken into account. If the deceased was the breadwinner or the main source of income for the family, they will likely be able to get this covered. The life expectancy of the deceased will also be considered. Was the individual very young? Were they senior? If they were young and should have lived a longer life then families will be entitled to more compensation because of the unfairness of the loss.
The amount of money they earned and the type of accident and the level of negligence will also be factored in to decide the total amount that the family will receive to help them cope with this difficult time in their life.
What is the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in Minnesota?
If the loss of life was caused due to an intentional act, then there is no statute of limitations. However, if the loss of life was caused due to negligence and there was no malicious intent involved, then there is a three-year statute of limitations. So a person has three years from the date of death to file a legal claim against the negligent driver who caused harm to their family.
Since a person will likely only have one chance at winning their settlement, they should make sure they connect with a qualified wrongful death attorney who can guide them seamlessly through the legal process. Connect with a wrongful death attorney at the Law Office of Martin Montilino today to get help filing a claim.
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3109 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Phone: (612) 236-1320
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