Fighting to obtain just compensation for families in Minnesota
The death of a loved one under any circumstances is a deeply sorrowful time. But when that death was the fault of another person or entity, it can feel even more catastrophic. And if the deceased was an important provider to a spouse, children or other dependents, the loss — known as a wrongful death — can have a devastating economic effect.
Minnesota law enables survivors in wrongful death claims in Minneapolis, St. Paul and throughout the state to seek compensation for their loss. This is an important area of practice at Heuer Fischer, P.A. When there is a wrongful death, it is possible for minor children, spouses and adult dependents (such as a mentally challenged child or sibling, or an elderly parent living in the deceased's home) to collect for damages, including loss of income, loss of companionship, pain, suffering and emotional distress.
When to hire Minneapolis wrongful death lawyers
How can a wrongful death occur? It can happen any time a third party, by negligence or intent, is responsible for the death of another person. A wrongful death in Minneapolis can occur in any of the following ways:
Auto, motorcycle or truck crash — Whether because of substance use (DUI), distraction (text messaging) or simple human error (such as failing to use a turn signal or proceeding through an intersection with a yellow light), the fault of an accident can often be tied to another driver. When that is the case, that driver and his employer (if the vehicle was involved in a commercial operation) bear financial responsibility to the victims.
Medical malpractice — If a physician, other caregivers or a medical facility makes a mistake and fails to meet an acceptable standard of care, they are liable for their errors and the outcomes.
Product malfunction — When a defective product is the cause of death, the manufacturer and sometimes the retailer or distributor can be held responsible.
Premises liability — If a person dies because of a slip and fall accident or falling object due to poor property management, the owner and manager of the property may be liable.
The job of Minneapolis wrongful death attorneys representing survivors is to prove in court which party was responsible and what the impact of the victim's passing has on survivors. Our firm successfully proved how a poorly manufactured shoe led to the lead poisoning death of a five-year-old. The family received a sizeable award and the manufacturer now knows that flawed design or manufacture of a product can have an awful and costly consequence.
Wrongful death in Minneapolis calls for an experienced law firm
At Heuer Fischer, P.A. we work with families in Minnesota and Wisconsin to pursue fair compensation for wrongful deaths.