Wrongful Death Attorney Serving Appleton, WI
No amount of money will ever be equal to human life, however, medical expenses, funeral costs, and sudden loss of income can be financial burdens. If you suspect the circumstances involving the death of a loved one are wrongful, contact Tusler Law’s Appleton wrongful death lawyer. Ron Tusler is an award-winning lawyer who will fight aggressively for you and your family to get the compensation you need and deserve.FREE CONSULTATION
How do you prove wrongful death?
Wisconsin state statutes define a wrongful death as an unnecessary death caused by a “wrongful act, neglect or default.” To prove death is wrongful, it must be proven that the death would not have occurred without neglect or the act of someone else. This can include anything from accidents at work to dog bites. Proof of financial damage may also be required and can make your compensation greater. Wrongful death laws are very similar to personal injury and make sure that the person responsible is punished and the family is compensated in lieu of the victim.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Wisconsin?
Not everyone can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Living immediate family members who can file suit are:
- Spouse or domestic partner
- Children or grandchildren of the deceased
- Parent or guardian of the deceased
- Grandparents of the deceased
- Sibling of the deceased if the deceased has no surviving spouse, child, or grandparents
How is money distributed after the lawsuit?
According to Wisconsin Law, the spouse of the deceased is the primary beneficiary. Any minor children of the deceased may receive no more than 50 percent of the financial compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit payout. Depending on the circumstances the money may be withheld from their possession for a time. If there is no spouse or children the compensation goes to any grandparents and then to siblings of the deceased.
Common causes of wrongful death
- Car accidents
- Defective products
- Work-related accidents
- Improper training
- Pedestrian accidents
- Any accident caused by negligent behavior
What to do in the event of a suspected wrongful death
If you suspect your loved one has died because of negligence or a willing action, schedule a free consultation with Tusler Law. During our meeting, you tell your story and we listen and give our professional opinion on the matter. If filing a lawsuit is your next step, we will handle it so you don’t have to. Ron Tusler has a strict no-win-no-fee policy and only gets paid if you do. Contact us today!