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Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Wisconsin
Losing a loved one is a terrible experience. When the negligence of another causes fatal injuries in Wisconsin, the law provides for wrongful death lawsuits. It does not matter if the death was the result of a car accident, animal attack or other incident, a wrongful death suit can be filed to seek monetary compensation.
Like personal injury cases, there is a statute of limitations for filing wrongful death claims. It is extremely important to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney before the statute of limitations expires or you may never be able to file your lawsuit. In Appleton, as in all of Wisconsin, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death case is usually three years. Determining the start date of the statute can be difficult. Knowing when to file your wrongful death case is a matter for a lawyer like Appleton wrongful death attorney Ronald Tusler. Residents of the Fox Valley, including Oshkosh, Menasha and Neenah turn to attorney Tusler for legal support in wrongful death claims.
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Who Can Sue in a Wrongful Death Case in Appleton, Wisconsin?
Every death affects a large number of people. Friends, relatives and acquaintances are hurt and want to see justice done. In Wisconsin, the law is clear on who can sue for damages in a wrongful death case. Only the deceased individual’s spouse, guardian, children, parents or personal representative may file a wrongful death suit. Wisconsin law allows surviving family members to recover damages for loss of economic support, medical costs, funeral expenses and loss of companionship. Getting the compensation you are owed is a job for Appleton attorney, Ronald Tusler. His experience and willingness to take your wrongful death case to trial can mean the difference between a small settlement and the restitution you deserve.
Wrongful Death vs Manslaughter in Wisconsin Law
Many people do not understand the difference between wrongful death and manslaughter, murder and homicide. The distinction is very clear in Wisconsin law. Wrongful death is a civil case brought by private individuals against a person or business negligently causing the death of a family member. Manslaughter, murder and homicide are all criminal cases brought by the state against suspected law breakers.
The penalties and ramifications of both are also quite different. Wrongful death lawsuits for events like a fatal car crash end in a monetary settlement or jury award and, generally, cannot impose jail time on defendants. Criminal cases may include fines, but incarceration is often the punishment for guilty parties. It is possible for both a criminal murder case and civil wrongful death lawsuit to be initiated against the same individual for the same act, as was the case in the O J Simpson trial. Residents of the Fox Valley, including Neenah, Green Bay and Appleton, should contact attorney Ronald Tusler for a free consultation on any prospective wrongful death litigation.