CAR ACCIDENT FATALITY LAWYERS MN
What if the unthinkable happens and someone in your family is a fatality in an auto accident, or a semi truck hits their car and kills them? The family is 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 fatally injured: “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 in a fatal car accident in Minnesota or is killed because of a semitruck accident, there are potential resources for obtaining compensation for the wrongful death of that person.
COMPENSATION FOR FATAL CAR ACCIDENT – MINNESOTA ATTORNEY
If the family member was a fatality in a car accident because another person was negligent, then the survivors may be entitled to money compensation through a wrongful death claim. MN 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; expenses for medical care that was needed just before the family member was in the fatal accident; and reasonable funeral expenses. When a family member is killed in a MN car crash, our lawyers work hard to make the insurance company understand the seriousness of those losses. Many of these types of compensation are available if your wife or husband is fatally injured in a car accident in MN, 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 experienced MN lawyers will explain these fatal car accident claims to you during your initial call to our office.
Our top auto accident fatality lawyers have handled many cases where someone has died in a motorcycle accident, car accident or because of a semi truck. We understand that the loss of a family member is a tragedy that no amount of money will ever replace. However, we take these cases to heart and work hard to obtain fair compensation for the family members who are suffering and will be left with this permanent loss. We have represented families in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and throughout the state.
MINNESOTA NO FAULT LAW AFTER FATAL CAR ACCIDENT
When someone is fatally injured in a car accident in MN, the surviving family has a right to compensation through their own No Fault insurance coverage. A lawyer from our office will explain your rights to you when you first call us for a free consultation. This is in addition to a wrongful death claim against the other driver and includes 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 and more limited 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. Our MN auto accident attorneys have helped many people through the No-Fault insurance system after a family member was in a fatal car or truck accident, and an attorney is 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 paid to survivors under Minnesota’s No-Fault laws if a family member is killed in an auto 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 car accident lawyers can help you with or explain your rights.
After a car accident fatality, MN’s No-Fault laws also provide for $5,000.00 in funeral expenses for the surviving family. 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 died in the car crash 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 lawyers successfully pursue a wrongful death claim against the party that caused the death.
If you have lost a family member in a fatal car, motorcycle, or truck accident, please call us and speak with a top car accident lawyer who can more fully explain your rights to you. At a minimum you will have the right to MN 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 fatality and other auto accident cases. Pam was a former partner at Meshbesher & Spence, and offers small firm attention to her clients. A car accident lawyer can meet with you to discuss to discuss your wrongful death case at our offices in Edina, Woodbury and Minneapolis. An attorney will also meet people at their homes to discuss fatal car accident 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 there is compensation paid to you and your family.