Facing the loss of someone close to you can be difficult. The situation is only compounded if you are responsible for planning the funeral arrangements and have to manage the costs.
This isn’t the time to try and handle it all on your own. Having professional help from an attorney can reduce the load on your shoulders. This is especially true if you may be entitled to a wrongful death settlement.
But how do you know if you’re entitled to compensation?
What is a Wrongful Death?
Before covering situations where you can receive a settlement for wrongful death, you need to understand what it is. Wrongful death is when an individual dies due to the legal fault of someone else.
This can be by negligence or an accident. For example, if a nursing home neglects your father and causes him to pass away, it would be considered wrongful death. Another example is if someone is texting and driving, causing them to crash into your husband and kill him. This is also a wrongful death.
Now, let’s review how you can receive the compensation you deserve for the loss of a family member or loved one. Following are five situations where you may receive wrongful death compensation.
1. You’re an Immediate Family Member
When your spouse, parent, or child passes away, you’re considered the immediate family member, which means you are entitled to compensation. In the case of wrongful death, you’re entitled to collecting a wrongful death settlement.
2. You’re a Life Partner, Financial Dependent, or Putative Spouse
If you’re not legally married but are financially dependent on the victim (such as a life partner, domestic partner, or putative spouse), then you will usually have the right to receive compensation for wrongful death.
A putative partner is someone who has good-faith proof they were in a long-term relationship with the deceased individual.
3. You’re a Distant Family Member
There are some cases where a distant family member is entitled to payment for wrongful death. For example, a grandparent who was the guardian of the child that passed away.
Other family members who may receive a wrongful death settlement include brothers and sisters.
4. You Suffered Financially for Your Loss
If your finances suffered after the passing away of an individual, then you may be entitled to a wrongful death settlement.
Some companies purchase life insurance policies on their owners and employees for this purpose. You don’t have to be a relative by blood or marriage to qualify for this payment. In this case, you can claim lost care or support due to the death of the victim.
5. You’re a Parent of a Deceased Fetus
The victim doesn’t have to be a child or adult to qualify for a wrongful death suit. If you’re the parent of a fetus that passed away due to a wrongful death situation, you can claim financial and emotional losses.
Some states will allow parents to sue for wrongful death of a fetus and others don’t. Speak with a lawyer to determine if you’re eligible for this type of suit in Wisconsin.
Filing Suit for a Wrongful Death Settlement
What’s the first step to getting compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one? Contacting a lawyer is your best bet to determine if you have a valid case.
From here, you can schedule a consultation to identify the best course of action. At Techmeier Law Firm, we have attorneys on hand with experience in wrongful death cases. Contact us today to get a free case evaluation.