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Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

At my law office in Madison, Wisconsin, I represent bereaved families who have lost a loved one due to someone else's careless, reckless or intentional actions. If you are suffering due to a wrongful death, I may be able to help you seek compensation for the financial burdens resulting from your loss, including:

  • Medical expenses incurred before death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost financial support or source of income
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium

When you lose someone in a fatal car accident or any other unexpected event caused by someone's negligence, money is likely to be the last thing on your mind. Of course, no amount of compensation can even begin to make up for a life lost. A wrongful death lawsuit can, however, alleviate the economic problems that often stem from a sudden loss.

Wisconsin's Wrongful Death Law

The first step in filing a wrongful death claim is to discuss your case with an experienced and reputable attorney. If someone is facing criminal charges related to your loved one's death — for drunk driving, for example — this is completely separate from a civil action lawsuit.

I offer free, no-obligation legal consultations to individuals and families pursuing wrongful death claims. During our consultation, I will explain the legal definition of wrongful death and your options under the law. And, I will give you my honest assessment of your case.

As a former insurance defense attorney, I am well aware of how insurance companies aim to limit wrongful death claims and of how a jury might view your case. I will vigorously advocate for the best possible financial recovery for you and your family.

Under Wisconsin law, a wrongful death lawsuit must be brought within three years of the fatal accident. It is best to begin the process well in advance of the statute of limitations deadline. Your lawyer will need time to thoroughly investigate the case and prepare for insurance negotiations and the possibility of litigation.

Should You Pursue A Wrongful Death Claim?

I understand that dealing with a lawsuit is not something anyone wants to face while he or she is grieving.

You need to retain an attorney to at least investigate whether there is a viable claim as soon as possible, so that you can focus on yourself and your family. The longer you wait, the more problems that could arise, especially if there is a government agency involved. Claims against government entities typically have very short periods of time (120 days or less) in which to serve notice on the government. If you miss this window under the Wisconsin statutes, any claim on behalf of your loved one may be extinguished.

Regardless of whether the responsible party is a private citizen or a government entity, the longer you wait to retain counsel, the more difficult it may be to investigate the claim and obtain important evidence.

Every death is a tragedy. A lawsuit or an insurance claim will not lessen the excruciating pain that such a loss leaves with those of us still alive. The best course of action is to retain an attorney, and leave it to him or her so you can grieve as you need to and not have to think about it until you are ready to do so.

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