FAMILY’S RIGHTS AFTER SOMEONE KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT – WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEYS
If the unthinkable happens and someone in your family was killed in a car accident, or a semi truck hits a family member’s car and kills them, you are faced with a range of emotions – heartrending grief, shock, disbelief, numbness, or anger. Worse still, you may be facing serious financial fears that often come with the death of a family member, particularly if it is a parent who is killed: “How are we going to pay for the funeral?” “How will we survive without her income?” “How can I raise my kids without him?”
When a family member – whether a spouse, a child, a parent – is killed in a car accident or is killed because of a semitruck accident, there are potential resources for obtaining compensation for the wrongful death of that person. Our lawyers have represented the families of people killed in car accidents in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and throughout the state.
COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL DEATH IN A CAR ACCIDENT – MN ATTORNEY
If the family member was killed in a car accident because another driver was negligent, then the surviving family may be able to obtain money compensation through a wrongful death claim. Minnesota law allows compensation for the loss of companionship, comfort and guidance of the family member who was killed; the loss of income caused by the death of a husband or wife; the loss of “services, protection, care and assistance” which the family member had provided the others in the family; reimbursement of expenses for medical care that was needed just before the family member was killed; and reasonable funeral expenses. Medical expenses and funeral expenses may also be paid through the family’s own No-Fault insurance. Many of these types of compensation are available if your spouse was killed in a car accident, or some other way, and compensation is also available if your parent or child is killed in a car accident or some other way. There can even be wrongful death compensation for your loss if your mother or father is killed in a car accident after the children are grown and out of the house, or if your sister or brother is killed in a car accident. Our MN lawyers will explain these wrongful death claims to you and your family during your initial call to our office and when we meet with you in person.
Our auto accident wrongful death lawyers have handled many cases for the family where someone has died in a motorcycle accident, car accident or because of a semi truck. We understand the enormous, tragic, loss to the family and that no amount of money will ever replace the person. However, we take these cases to heart and work hard to obtain fair compensation for the family members who are suffering and make sure the family’s rights are protected.
MINNESOTA NO FAULT LAW WHEN SOMEONE IS KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT
When a person is killed in a car accident in MN, the family has a right to some compensation through their own No Fault insurance coverage. This includes funeral expenses, medical expenses, economic loss benefits compensation and replacement services loss occurring within one year of the date of the car crash. This is usually paid by the decedent’s own automobile insurance company. This is different than a wrongful death claim. Economic loss benefits are limited to $500.00 per week and cover losses incurred after the death of a family member to cover what they would have contributed in wages, salary or other tangible things of economic value. When you call our office, a top MN car accident lawyer will help you through the No-Fault system after a family member died in a car or truck accident, and our attorneys are always willing to explain your rights to you as you go through this terrible time.
Services rendered for the household or childcare are also compensation for the family under MN’s No-Fault laws if a family member is killed in a car accident. These are limited to $200.00 per week, and are intended to reimburse the family for having to obtain help for those services the deceased family member would have performed. Again, this is compensation separate from a wrongful death claim that our auto accident attorneys can help you with or explain your rights.
If a family member is killed in a car accident, Minnesota’s No-Fault laws also provides for $5,000.00 in funeral expenses. This coverage applies even if the person killed in the car accident is your son or daughter.
SOCIAL SECURITY SURVIVORS BENEFITS FOR FAMILY AFTER SOMEONE DIES IN A CAR ACCIDENT – MN LAWYER
If the family member who dies has worked at least one and one-half years in the three years before her death, certain remaining family members will be entitled to social security survivor’s benefits. For more information on who is eligible for benefits and what amounts can be obtained, see http://www.ssa.gov/survivorplan/ifyou.htm. You and your family are still entitled to Social Security Benefits even if our lawyer successfully pursues a wrongful death claim against the party that caused the death.
If you have lost a family member in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, please call us so that a top attorney can more fully explain your rights to you. At a minimum you will have the right to Minnesota No-Fault benefits, and you may also be entitled to wrongful death compensation from the insurance company of the car or truck that caused the crash.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury attorneys with more than 25 years’ experience, handling hundreds of wrongful death and car accident cases. Pam was a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence, and offers small firm attention to her clients. A top car accident lawyer can meet with you to discuss to discuss your wrongful death case at out offices in Edina, Woodbury and Minneapolis. Our lawyers also meet family members at their homes to discuss wrongful death cases in St. Paul, Rogers MN, Elk River, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park MN, Chanhassen, Chaska, Anoka, and other cities throughout Minnesota. We will always provide you with a free initial consultation and we never charge anything unless we are successful in getting compensation for you and your family.