Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed after Kentucky Accident Killed Wisconsin Family
Following a fatal accident on a Kentucky highway in March of 2013 — an accident that killed four members of a Wisconsin family — the family’s estate administrators filed wrongful death suits in federal court. The complaint alleges that the driver of the truck that struck the Wisconsin family’s car acted negligently, as he failed to notice traffic conditions and was operating his vehicle in excess of the maximum service hours permitted for truck drivers by federal law. The complaint also names the truck driver’s operating company as a responsible party, as it employed the driver but failed to provide him with adequate training. Milwaukee wrongful death lawyers frequently handle cases with inter-state connections, including this tragic accident that impacted a Wisconsin family while traveling out-of-state.
A wrongful death claim arises when one person’s negligence, recklessness or inaction causes the death of another person. These types of claims may result from any number of behaviors in any number of environments, including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and malfunctioning or defective products. A wrongful death claim is typically brought by a victim’s family members — however, under Wisconsin law, they may also be brought by a personal representative, such as an estate administrator. Wisconsin law allows surviving family members to sue for damages for, for example, the monetary injury incurred due to the victim’s death, lost wages and lost earnings. In addition, spouses, children, parents and occasionally siblings may recover damages for loss of companionship due to their loved one’s passing. The law also permits recovery for the following costs:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Cemetery lot
- Grace marker
It is crucially important to contact a Milwaukee wrongful death attorney immediately after your loved one’s passing, to comply with Wisconsin’s three-year statute of limitations on such types of actions.
If your loved one has suffered an untimely death due to another person’s negligent actions, you may be able to bring a wrongful death suit for monetary injuries and the emotional pain and suffering you have endured as a result. Our compassionate lawyers at The Previant Law Firm, S.C. can help you assert your rights during this difficult period. Contact us to schedule an initial consultation regarding your wrongful death claim.