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Attorneys Helping Families Pick Up The Pieces After A Wrongful Death

The premature and preventable death of a loved one is a tragedy that no one should have to endure. Sadly, it happens far more often than many people realize. If you have lost a family member because of another person’s negligence, there is no amount of money that will appropriately compensate for your loss. Nonetheless, compensation is both appropriate and necessary to cover funeral and burial costs, medical bills, a lifetime of lost wages and other damages.

When pursuing a wrongful death claim, the attorney you hire matters, which is why you should contact Law Offices of Benske, Gatzke, McFadden and Rose Based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, our experienced and compassionate lawyers advocate tirelessly for justice in civil court. They regularly collaborate with one another and with clients to achieve the most favorable results available.

Common Accident Scenarios Leading To Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death claims commonly stem from the same accident scenarios as personal injury lawsuits. One of the differences between the two is the degree of harm suffered by the victim. Our attorneys help grieving families seek compensation for deaths caused by:

  • Car crashes
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Semi-truck and tractor-trailer crashes
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Dog bites and mauling
  • Construction site trench collapse, falls from height and other fatal workplace accidents
  • Fires and explosions in apartment complexes

No matter how your loved one was killed, we are ready to be your advocates. Our attorneys will handle every aspect of the case, leaving you free to focus on taking care of yourself and others who are attempting to cope with this loss.

Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death In Wisconsin?

Another factor that sets wrongful death claims apart from personal injury lawsuits is who serves as the plaintiff. Because the victim is deceased and cannot take legal action on their own behalf, someone else must step in for them.

Each state sets its own laws for who has standing or the legal right to sue for wrongful death. In Wisconsin, a claim may be brought by the personal representative (executor) of the victim’s estate or the victim’s surviving family members in hierarchical order. At the top of the list are the victim’s surviving spouse and minor children. If the victim has no spouse or minor children, other family members may file, including the deceased’s parents and siblings.

If you have questions about your right to sue on behalf of your loved one, we can help you understand all available legal options.

Contact Us Today To Learn More

Law Offices of Benske, Gatzke, McFadden and Rose, serves clients throughout Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. You will find that our office in New Berlin is conveniently located and provides a comforting and welcoming environment. If you would like to learn more about how our compassionate lawyers can assist your family, call us today at 262-214-0380 or reach out online.