FAMILY’S RIGHTS AFTER SOMEONE KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER – CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
Drunk Drivers in Minnesota are a menace and cause terrible, unthinkable harm from car accidents. Our best car accident lawyers have represented many families after the death of a loved one killed by a drunk driver or other situations.
If the unthinkable happens and someone in your family was killed by a drunk driver, 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 husband, wife, child, or parent – is killed in a car accident or is killed because of a drunk driver, there are potential resources for obtaining compensation for the wrongful death of that person. Our lawyers have represented the families of people killed in a car accident in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and throughout the state.
COMPENSATION FOR WRONGFUL DEATH IN A CAR ACCIDENT WITH DRUNK DRIVER – MN LAWYER
If the family member was killed in a MN car accident because the other driver was driving drunk, then the surviving family has legal rights and 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 other type of accident. 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 top MN car accident lawyers will explain these wrongful death claims and your rights to you and your family during your initial call to our office and when we meet with you in person. We have sued a drunk driver that killed or seriously injured someone.
Our auto accident wrongful death attorneys 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 from a fatal car accident and that no amount of money will ever replace the person. 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, particularly when someone is killed by a drunk driver.
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 Minnesota 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 patiently 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 lawyers can help you with or explain your rights.
If a family member is killed in a car accident by a drunk driver or any other situation, 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. A lawyer from our office will help you through this process and make sure you and your family get all the compensation you are entitled to.
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 in MN because of a drunk driver, please call us so that a top MN 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. The police investigation and prosecution of the drunk driver is a long frustrating process, and we will stay with you the entire time.
Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury attorneys with more than 25 years’ experience, successfully 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 car accident lawyer can meet with you to discuss to discuss your killed by drunk driver case at our 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.