Reasons to File a Wrongful Death Claim

Reasons to File a Wrongful Death Claim

Grieving for a loved one is difficult, and can be even more challenging when the loss is due to the negligence of another. You may be left asking, “What can I do?” Pursuing a wrongful death claim can hold the wrongdoer accountable and provide financial and emotional closure. 

When someone you love is killed due to the negligence of another, pursuing a wrongful death claim is a way to hold the wrongdoer accountable and get closure. A trustee for the heirs and next of kin of the deceased that has been duly appointed by the court may pursue a wrongful death claim in Minnesota “when death is caused by the wrongful act or omission of any person or corporation.” This includes, but is not limited to, instances of car, truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian accidents, negligence, or product liability claims. 

If you’ve gone through the difficult experience of grieving the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one, you may consider the benefits of pursuing a wrongful death claim. 

Obtaining Financial Compensation

No amount of money can compensate the family for the loss of a loved one and the grief that follows. The financial benefit of a death claim, however, helps relieve the burden associated with the loss.  The statute allows for the recovery of “pecuniary” damages only. Pecuniary damages include lost wages and loss of earning capacity of the decedent over the course of the decedent’s lifetime.  The next of kin may also recover certain non-economic loss such as loss of companionship, comfort, advice, guidance, counsel, aid, assistance, protection, and society. Taking action to receive monetary compensation for a wrongful death isn’t done to make the grieving process easier, but it can assist the family with the devastating financial hardship that often results from the loss. 

Holding Wrongdoers Accountable

Losing a family member is always difficult, but even more so when it is due to the negligence of another.  By pursuing a wrongful death claim, you can make sure that the wrongdoer is held accountable for their actions.  This may set a precedent for an individual or corporation to take conscious steps to avoid another similar incident in the future.. 

Gaining Closure

An important step to recovery while grieving is finding closure. Closure won’t eliminate the grief, but it may allow you to move forward knowing that you did everything you could do to hold the person or company responsible for the death accountable. After completion of your wrongful death claim, you and your family can take the time to grieve properly and begin to move forward in your life. 

Begin Your Recovery with Nelson Personal Injury

We understand that no amount of money will ever truly compensate you for your loss, but if you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a loved one, the attorneys at Nelson Personal Injury will work hard to ensure that you are fairly compensated for all pecuniary loss

If you are seeking compensation and healing, contact Nelson Personal Injury for a free consultation from an experienced attorney.