This post will wrap up our series on handling wrongful death cases in Minnesota. Most wouldn’t immediately think of taking legal action after a loved one has been lost due to someone else’s negligence. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information to help people understand what they should expect from the legal process, enabling them to make an informed decision when the time comes to select a personal injury lawyer. If you require assistance, contact us today to speak with a Rochester attorney. We also handle matters in Owatonna and elsewhere in the state.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues that we have analyzed include:
- The calculation of damages after a wrongful death
- The application of comparative fault to wrongful death cases
- Wrongful deaths caused by drunk driving
- Trials in wrongful death cases
There are several reasons the surviving victims of such a tragedy need to understand these issues. First, the calculation of damages in such a case can be highly complicated. Family members may be entitled to reimbursement not only for the deceased’s lost income, but also for expenses that will become necessary because of the death (such as expenses for day care), as well as for the loss of the aid, comfort, advice, and companionship that had been provided by the decedent. Second, the surviving family members may be able to recover damages even if the deceased was partially at fault for the accident.* Under Minnesota’s comparative fault laws, recovery is possible as long as the deceased was not more than 50 % responsible for the incident. Third, Minnesota’s “Dram Shop” law holds the sellers of alcohol responsible for deaths caused by drunk driving in some cases. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help ensure that things go smoothly.
One point we cannot stress enough is to contact a personal injury attorney if a loved one has been lost. Counsel will deal with the insurance companies directly so that you and your family can focus on the important business of getting life back on track. Our Rochester wrongful death lawyers have recovered more than $125 million on behalf of Minnesota accident victims and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today.
We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.
*A note about language:
Federal agencies involved in traffic safety have banned use of the word “accident” for more than 20 years, and with good reason. However, we use the word “accident” on our website, even though we know it has implications that run contrary to our professional thinking and training, because we recognize that “accident” is the word most commonly used in online searches when people are looking for help after being injured in a crash. If you’d like more information about this topic, please see our blog, “Car Accident or Car Crash?”