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Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be especially challenging when the death was the result of another person’s negligence.
Compensation secured through a successful wrongful death claim can’t make things right, but it can help offset the financial burdens faced by survivors.
The Madison wrongful death lawyers at Boller & Vaughan are dedicated to guiding families through this difficult time and obtaining the financial security survivors need to move forward with their lives.
If you live in Wisconsin and believe a family member’s death was caused by another’s carelessness, please call us today at 608-268-0268 or contact us online.
Our experienced, compassionate attorneys offer FREE consultations to help you understand your legal options, and we work on a contingent-fee basis, which means we don’t charge for our services unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case, not a criminal case. Wrongful death claims are not aimed at punishing the responsible party as in a criminal case, but rather to compensate the decedent’s survivors and estate for related damages and losses.
Unlike criminal cases, wrongful death lawsuits do not have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the at-fault party intended to cause harm to the deceased individual. The basic elements of a wrongful death claim are:
Wrongful death lawsuits may generally be filed if the event that caused or led to the death would have provided grounds for the deceased to pursue a personal injury case if he or she had lived.
Wrongful death cases often stem from circumstances that are common sources of personal injury lawsuits. These include but are not limited to:
Wrongful death lawsuits may also arise from incidents of medical malpractice, workplace accidents, dangerous premises, or defective products.
Wisconsin’s wrongful death statute allows certain family members and other individuals to seek damages for financial harm due to a loved one’s death. Eligible parties may include:
Family members may be compensated for financial damages, such as loss of a loved one’s income and the estimated dollar amount of household services the deceased individual would have provided.
Only a spouse, domestic partner, parents and children of the decedent may receive damages for loss of companionship. Siblings may receive damages only if they were minors at the time of the decedent’s death.
We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.
Damages in wrongful death claims may include money for:
Compensation in wrongful death cases varies widely based on a number of individual factors, including the decedent’s age at the time of death and whether the court imposes additional punitive damages. Punitive damages consist of additional compensation intended to punish the defendant for especially egregious conduct and/or to deter others from engaging in similar conduct.
In Wisconsin, the time limit—or statute of limitations—to file a wrongful death claim is typically two or three years, depending on the type of incident that caused the death.
For wrongful death cases related to motor vehicle crashes, the statute of limitations is two years; for other incidents, it is usually three years. The clock begins ticking on the date that the injury or illness that caused the death occurred or should reasonably have been discovered (not the date of the death).
While you do not have to file a wrongful death claim immediately, it is in your best interests to contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. This allows your wrongful death attorney to promptly investigate the claim and begin to gather evidence to support your case.
Your initial consultation with our lawyers is FREE. During your consultation we will evaluate the merits of your case and give you our honest opinion of whether or not it is worth pursuing.
If you lost a loved one due to another’s carelessness, the responsible party and their insurance provider may offer you a settlement. These initial settlements are rarely sufficient to cover a family’s short-term damages and long-term financial needs.
The Madison wrongful death attorneys at Boller & Vaughan have the experience and resources necessary to fight for the financial security you need and sense of justice you deserve. Please call us today at 608-268-0268 to arrange your FREE, no-obligation consultation or contact us online to tell us your story now.