Wisconsin Wrongful Death Lawyers
Losing someone you love is never easy. But when the death of someone you love is caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, it can feel especially unfair and wrong. The legal term for this occurrence is wrongful death, which can be punished in a court of law.
Wrongful death can steal away a loved one, as well as the main provider for your family, causing serious pain and financial struggle. Thus, those left behind in a case of wrongful death may choose to sue for monetary damages in order to be able to move on. If you have lost someone you love due to the negligence of another party, contact the Wisconsin wrongful death attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., today at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case.
Potential Causes of Wrongful Death
Although there are a variety of things that can contribute to someone’s wrongful death, many of these factors relate to medical malpractice. Doctors and nurses undergo years of education and training in order to take care of patients. However, negligent medical professionals can cause wrongful death in the following ways, among others:
- Pharmaceutical errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Wrongful treatment of a medical condition
- Anesthesia errors
Elements of a Wrongful Death Case
In order to prove wrongful death, your case must establish the following elements:
- The death of a human being
- Cause of death is negligence or intent to harm
- Surviving family suffers financial difficulty due to the death
- Selection of a representative to handle the deceased’s estate
If you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, you may be suffering emotionally as well as financially. For more information on whether or not you have a viable case for your damages, contact a Wisconsin wrongful death attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., at 800-242-2874 today.
Wrongful Death FAQs
How can I tell if the loss of my loved one counts as wrongful death?
In Wisconsin and throughout the country, wrongful death lawsuits are common in the personal injury field. After losing a loved one, people often wonder if they have any options for compensation in order to help them recover. Suing for wrongful death can be an effective method of recovering compensation. A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit that is brought when the negligence or the intentional action of a person or entity causes someone’s death. In these claims, liability comes down to one critical question: did one party act negligently, resulting in the death of another party? Answering this question requires evidence, testimony, and legal expertise.
Which expenses can I recover wrongful death damages for?
Wisconsin personal injury law covers a breadth of expenses. Damages in a wrongful death suit can reach the millions. Civil court will attempt to compensate you for both tangible and intangible losses. Tangible losses include, first and foremost, medical and funeral expenses. These can add up quickly, and place huge financial pressure on those left behind after an accident. Intangible losses include loss of society and companionship. In Wisconsin, the loss of a spouse entitles the remaining spouse to up to $350,000 and the loss of a child entitles the remaining guardian to up to $500,000.
The negligent person is already being charged in criminal court. Is a wrongful death suit still an option?
Absolutely. A criminal case is brought by the state after a wrongful death, and the charges can include manslaughter and murder. A civil suit, however, is brought by the people left behind by the deceased. In Wisconsin, several people can bring a wrongful death suit on behalf of the deceased. These include a personal representative, spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, or guardian.