The decision to pursue legal action while grieving the loss of a loved one can be very difficult. However, time limits apply to wrongful death claims just as they do other types of lawsuits. The compensation that you can receive will not make things right, but it can offset the financial burden that your family faces now and in the years to come, resulting from your loss. The compassionate Madison wrongful death attorneys of Boller & Vaughan are here to help you and your family during this difficult time.
The Nature of Wrongful Death
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil suit, not a criminal case. The purpose of wrongful death is to compensate the loved ones and estate of the decedent for their losses. Wrongful death laws were not designed to punish the responsible party, although in some rare cases punitive damages may be available.
Wrongful death is very different than a murder case. You will not need to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, nor will you have a need to prove intent. You merely need to prove that someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s death.
Wrongful Death Compensation
The untimely death of a loved one can create a significant financial burden on a family both in the immediate aftermath and in the long term. If the decedent suffered serious injuries or illness prior to death, you may have already been faced with high medical bills and the loss of your loved one’s income.
Wrongful death compensation can pay for these medial bills, and replace your loved one’s lost income. You may also be entitled to compensation for the contributions your loved one would have made in the future including monetary contributions and services such as childcare and running the household. Certain family members can receive a limited amount of compensation for loss of society and companionship.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or intentional misconduct, please call the Madison wrongful death attorneys of Boller & Vaughan at (608) 268-0268 or submit an online questionnaire. Your initial consultation with our Wisconsin lawyers is free of charge and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.