Wrongful Death Lawyers
Wrongful death claims can be brought in a variety of circumstances when a person is killed in an accident caused by another’s negligence. No family wants to find themselves in these circumstances. These losses are real people — wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children — and cannot be replaced. The needless loss of a family member can harm generations. Our attorneys always remember the significance of the loss of a family member when we help bereaved families in Minnesota seek the justice, emotional closure, and financial compensation that a wrongful death claim provides.
There were 411 fatalities on Minnesota roads in 2015, a 14% increase from 2014. These 411 fatalities included motorists (285), motorcyclists (61), pedestrians (41), bicyclists (10), ATV riders (10), farm equipment occupants (2), and a commercial bus occupant (1). Of these 411 fatalities, 95 (23%) were drunk-driving related, 78 (19%) were speed-related and 74 (18%) were distracted-driving related.
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At Meshbesher & Spence, our wrongful death lawyers understand the devastation a death can cause a family. We never treat the death of a family member as a “statistic.” This is one of the reasons the wrongful death lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence have achieved exceptional results for families cast into these difficult circumstances. Our Minnesota wrongful death attorneys are highly skilled in all aspects of the law concerning wrongful death claims.
In Minnesota, wrongful death cases can arise from:
- Car crashes
- Motorcycle crashes
- Bicycle crashes
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Work-related injuries
- Product defects
- Accidents resulting from the illegal sale of alcohol
- Defective medical devices and drugs
- And, other circumstances
If you’ve lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, we can help. Insurance companies treat such human losses as “statistics.” The wrongful death lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence are effective advocates for families in these circumstances because of our compassion and proven experience.
In a wrongful death claim, damages can be awarded for many things including:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses
- Loss of counsel, guidance and aid
- Loss of advice, comfort, and companionship
- And more
The attorneys at Meshbesher & Spence are here to help you. We have the experience and knowledge to make sure that you and your family are fairly compensated. We are prepared to work diligently to make sure you are appropriately compensated for your loss.
All wrongful death claims are brought to the court by a trustee, who is usually a family member appointed by the court to represent the closest relatives of the person who died. All wrongful death claims in Minnesota must be brought to the court within three years of the individual’s death.
It is important to act immediately to protect your rights
If you’ve lost a family member or loved one, contact the wrongful death lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. You will receive a free consultation, and our wrongful death lawyers are available to visit you at your home, at one of our five office locations, or any place that is most convenient for you. We will help you recover damages for your loss.
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We have the experience dealing with insurance companies and the courts in proving these wrongful death claims. Our Minnesota wrongful death attorneys have a history of developing thorough and compelling cases, resulting in some of the largest wrongful death awards that the state has seen.
Wrongful death claims can be complex and many lawyers have never actually successfully presented a claim in court. That lack of experience hurts their ability to both effectively negotiate a fair settlement or obtain a just result in court. Because of our record of success in court, Meshbesher & Spence has earned a reputation which helps us achieve outstanding settlements. We have the skill to bring the matter to court if an insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement. Meshbesher & Spence has more than 50 years of experience of representing injured individuals and families and we will fight to get the compensation you deserve.
You don’t pay anything unless we make a recovery for you
When you hire Meshbesher & Spence, you will not be asked to pay any attorney fees or out of pocket expenses until you receive compensation for your case. In the event that you do not recover compensation, you will not be asked to pay anything. This means that you have no reason not to hire the experienced law firm of Meshbesher & Spence.
Nine times out of ten, people’s biggest complaint about their lawyer is that they simply didn’t care about their client. The client feels as if they’ve been treated as a number—like the lawyer didn’t put in sufficient time to get to know them, their concerns, and their families.
At Meshbesher & Spence, our lawyers recognize the importance of compassion. For anyone dealing with a criminal defense case—often a very stressful time—they should have someone that understands them and their situation, and has compassion for their wellbeing both in and out of the courtroom.
Some of the key takeaways expressed in this roundtable that set Meshbesher & Spence attorneys apart from the rest are that:
We make sure the prosecutor sees our client as a human being rather than just a name on a piece of paper.
We convey a sense of humanity—that our client is someone’s brother, mother, sister or uncle, that they’re involved in the community beyond the circumstances of their case.
We show our clients that we care for him or her, and that our concern goes beyond the courtroom. Whenever possible we try to follow our clients after their sentencing to see what’s going on in their life, giving them a call six months to a year later just to see how they’re doing.
We don’t just go off the file. The file we receive from the prosecutor’s office is thirty pages long. But if we’re going to contain the way we view our client to those thirty pages than we’ve already conceded, to some extent, what’s going to happen. It’s what’s beyond those thirty pages that tells us what our client’s life story is and how they wound up in their particular circumstances and what led to their current legal situation. Laying that context helps us to negotiate more successfully, allowing us to show the jury the larger picture beyond those often brief moments of bad decision making that landed the accused in our office in the first place.
If you’ve been charged with or are being investigated for a crime, call our office immediately. We offer 24 hour availability seven days a week and charge you nothing for your first consultation, whether at our office or in jail. When so much is at stake, you can’t afford to choose anyone but the very best and well-respected criminal lawyers. Call the Minnesota criminal defense lawyers you can trust at Meshbesher & Spence.