Madison Wrongful Death Lawyers
You Are Owed Compensation for the Wrongful Death of Your Loved One
Coping with the death of a loved one is always difficult. When the death is the direct result of someone else’s negligence or bad actions, the sense of outrage and frustration is overwhelming. Whether through their wrongdoing or carelessness, those responsible for the death of your loved one can be legally compelled to make restitution. Compensation for the loss of future wages from your spouse (or parent), loss of companionship, funeral expenses – these can all form the basis of a wrongful death claim. While no amount of money can stop the pain and hurt of losing a loved one, you can begin rebuilding your life with our help.
Identifying all responsible parties is a difficult but necessary step in ensuring full compensation is made, one which requires the involvement of a law firm. Warshafsky Law will dig deep to identify everyone who had a hand in the death of your loved one in order to ensure the highest possible compensation for your loss. Whether your loved one died from a reckless driver or medical negligence, our team will find those responsible and hold them accountable. Our lawyers will bring justice to you and your family if you or a loved one suffered loss of a limb or vision. You deserve compensation. In addition to individuals, companies and government agencies can be found legally at fault for negligence (defined as failing to act as a reasonable person would have acted) or for intentionally causing the death of your loved one.
Madison Wrongful Death Law Firm Works to See Justice Served
Unfortunately, no amount of money can bring a loved one back to life. However, justice demands the guilty be punished and make restitution to survivors. Deaths caused by things such as vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and faulty products all cry out for monetary compensation for grieving survivors. This is where having an experienced personal injury attorney makes a huge difference.
Fact is, you will only prevail in getting fair restitution if your case is meticulously prepared and ready to go to trial with an experienced trial attorney from Madison’s Warshafsky Law Firm. While many law firms like to “play ball” with insurance companies and recommend their clients take whatever settlement offer is made so they don't miss their 2 pm tee time, Warshafsky personal injury attorneys put your best interests first. Other personal injury attorneys have no intention of going to court even if it’d be in your best interest to elevate the case. Other personal injury firms will take initial settlements, leaving you with a small check. By putting in the time, doing due diligence and preparing every case as if it will go to trial, we are in a much better position to negotiate with insurance companies during settlement negotiations. If we cannot work out a settlement that favors you, we will not hesitate to pursue the matter in court.
Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations in Wisconsin
A statute of limitations is a time limit on how long you have to file a complaint. Although it depends on the type of lawsuit, the clock generally begins to tick the day the accident or offense occurs. After the amount of time stated by the statute of limitations passes, you can no longer file a lawsuit.
The civil statute of limitations for wrongful death, as with other types of lawsuits, varies from state to state. In Wisconsin, a wrongful death claim must be filed within 3 years. However, the date the countdown begins depends when the injury causing the death occurred and when the injury could have been noticed. If a wrongful death occurred recently or in the past few years, call the top car crash lawyers in Madison right away. We offer free consultations to determine whether you have a case for a wrongful death suit.
Who Can Sue?
When someone dies due to another person’s negligence, not just anyone can pursue a wrongful death negligence lawsuit. Only people with certain relationships to the deceased are able to sue for wrongful death in Wisconsin:
- Spouse of the deceased
- Domestic partner
- Parent/guardian (if the deceased is a minor, the deceased is an unborn child, or the parent is a dependent of their adult child)
- Personal representative of the deceased person’s estate
No matter who files the wrongful death claim, a portion of any damages awarded goes to the care of any surviving dependents of the deceased (such as a spouse, domestic partner, and any children under 18 years of age). This portion of the money takes into account the age of the dependents and their ability to support themselves, but the amount cannot exceed 50% of the total settlement or jury judgment.
The settlement or judgment for wrongful death includes compensation for:
- Medical expenses due to negligence
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages of the deceased
- Loss of companionship
Loss of companionship (or loss of society) can be up to $350,000 for the death of an adult and up to $500,000 for the death of a minor. Furthermore, a personal representative of the deceased can file a Survivorship Claim, seeking damages for the suffering of the deceased from the time of injury to the time of death.
If you believe your loved one died due to the negligence of another, don’t hesitate to meet with our wrongful death attorneys. Our in-depth investigation will reveal what really happened to your loved one and get you the financial compensation you need and deserve.
No-Fee, No-Risk Representation from Madison’s Top Personal Injury Attorneys
Our No Fee Until We Win policy means you owe us nothing until after you have received compensation through either a settlement or a judgment. We look at it this way—with everything else you are dealing with, the last thing you want is a mounting pile of legal bills. Our attorneys sympathize with your loss and will work hard to get you the largest financial compensation possible from those responsible. Our lawyers know you and your family come first. Our team will support you through the entire process. We won’t pressure you into settling for anything less than you deserve. With a 60+ year history of securing some of the highest settlements and judgments in the history of Wisconsin jurisprudence, you’re in good hands with Warshafsky Law. Take advantage of our free initial consultation offer and learn how we can help you.
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