Wrongful Death Attorney in the Minneapolis Area

Wrongful Death

First let us say how sorry we are for your loss. There are no words to fully express the despair for the loss of your loved one. However, you need representation in all death cases. In the case of a death, a single Trustee must be court appointed to represent the interest of all surviving family members. This is often accomplished in the first days following a death. Frequently the first family member to apply to the court is appointed. The Trustee will have authority to make important decisions on behalf of the entire family. Once a settlement agreement is reached, the Trustee must apply to the presiding court for approval of the settlement and the proposed distribution to the various family members.

Consequently, the selection of a Trustee is an important first step that you need to discuss with a trusted, experienced trial attorney. This should be done at your very earliest opportunity. Our attorney, Tom Kiernan, will meet with you as soon as you are ready to discuss your options. Our staff is trained to respond immediately to any wrongful death inquires. Once you select us to represent you, and the heirs, we will treat you in the kind and gentle manner required after such a loss. We will seek to bring you some peace and confidence in the process.

A death is wrongful when it is caused by a negligent, willful, or wrongful act, or neglect, which causes the death of a spouse or relative of the aggrieved surviving relatives. Wrongful deaths are commonly caused by automobile accidents, workplace accidents, fall injuries and defective products.

If your loved one suffered a wrongful death, in order to receive financial compensation for your loss, you must petition a District Court to have a representative of the surviving family act as the Trustee for all the surviving relatives. Only the Trustee may file civil action against the liable party. The appointment of a Trustee is the only way you can legally recover for damages resulting from the wrongful death, which may include funeral expenses, emotional distress, and loss of financial support your loved one would have provided.

If you have cause to file a wrongful death claim, you must act to retain counsel to assist in petitioning the District Court for the appointment of a Trustee. We have assisted surviving families through this difficult process countless times. Contact Kiernan Personal Injury Attorneys today. Our compassionate team is available to document the nature and extent of your losses and perform every step necessary to prove liability, document your losses including the loss of companionship of your lost loved one, and negotiate a fair settlement. Should negotiations fail we are fully capable of presenting the strongest possible case in trial. The goal, however, is to demonstrate the strength of your case so that we can compel the insurer to settle, without the necessity of trial

We understand that you are grieving. We will do everything in our power to shield you from the negotiating with powerful entities such as insurance companies. We seek to secure for you fair and fast compensation for your loss. Contact us today to schedule an in-person consultation wherever you are most comfortable meeting. We consider it our honor to be of assistance during your time of need.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Wrongful Death

What constitutes a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death claim arises when someone dies due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions of another party. This could include incidents such as car accidents, medical malpractice, or workplace accidents. Family members or beneficiaries of the deceased can pursue a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for their losses.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Typically, the immediate family members, such as spouses, children, or parents, can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In some cases, individuals who were financially dependent on the deceased may also be eligible to file a claim. State laws vary, so consulting with an attorney is essential to understand your specific situation.

What damages can be recovered in a wrongful death case?

Damages in a wrongful death case may include funeral expenses, medical bills, lost financial support, and compensation for emotional pain and suffering. The exact damages depend on the circumstances of the case and the relationships of the parties involved. An experienced wrongful death attorney can assess your case and help you pursue the appropriate compensation.

Note: The information provided in these FAQs is intended for general informational purposes and should not be considered legal advice. If you require legal advice or assistance specific to your situation, please consult with us today.