The primary difference is that the compensation goes to surviving family members such as a spouse or children. Instead of compensating an accident victim for their medical costs and pain, a wrongful death claim compensates survivors for the loss of their loved one.
A wrongful death in Wisconsin is a death that results from neglect, default or a wrongful act. If the deceased person would be able to file a personal injury claim if they hadn’t died, then their family has a legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. Person or company Whether it’s… Continue reading When Can You Sue Someone for a Wrongful Death?
Tragedies happen on the road, and some are preventable. Take, for instance, the details surrounding a Jan. 25 two-vehicle collision less than 30 miles east of Madison. Two people died and another was injured when a wrong-way driver on Interstate 94 collided with another vehicle. A 76-year old man was operating his vehicle westbound in… Continue reading Collision That Kills Two Leads to Grief, Possible Legal Situation
Wisconsin is a great state for football fans from the high school level right up to the Green Bay Packers and other NFL teams. If a medical emergency arises while you’re attending a game, you would hope for a reasonable level of emergency medical care. One fan’s death from a heart attack during a recent… Continue reading Can a Venue Be Held Liable for an NFL Fan’s Heart Attack?
Authorities announced that a 4-year-old boy injured in a June 14 two-vehicle accident in Wood County has died. A 32-year-old Manitowoc man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Deputies from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department have determined that the crash was caused by a dump truck that failed to yield at a… Continue reading Wisconsin Accident Kills Man and 4-Year-Old Boy
Wisconsin residents may remember a boat fire off the California coast that claimed 34 lives in September 2019. In the days following the tragedy, media outlets reported that no night watchmen were patrolling the boat’s three decks when the fire started. This violation of maritime law is one of the reasons why the families of… Continue reading Boat Owners Sued Over Fire That Killed 34
When someone is killed through the negligent or reckless conduct of another, the victim’s family may file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Wisconsin, any dependent may file the lawsuit, including a sibling if the decedent has no surviving spouse, domestic partner, children or lineal heir. The statute of limitations on wrongful death cases is two… Continue reading What’s Involved in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Wisconsin residents who view the Weather Channel may remember an incident back in March of 2017 that involved the stars of the show “Storm Wranglers.” The duo was driving near the city of Spur, Texas, to chase a tornado when they ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The two stars and the… Continue reading Weather Channel Sued Over Death of Storm Spotter in 2017
The roads in the U.S. are becoming more dangerous for pedestrians, according to recent data provided by a non-profit organization that targets traffic safety. Wisconsin residents may be shocked to learn that 6,227 people died while traveling on foot in 2018. The Governors Highway Safety Association, which has members in all 50 states, publishes data… Continue reading Pedestrian Fatalities Now Exceed 15 Percent of All Traffic Deaths
The fatal limousine crash that made headlines throughout Wisconsin and the rest of America had been previously cited for brake failures. Among the infractions the vehicle had been cited for were constricted under-vehicle brake connections and out of service brakes. These citations occurred in March, months before the Oct. 6 accident in upstate New York… Continue reading Limo Crash Deadliest Since 2009