When a family loses a loved one, they need answers. A wrongful death attorney can use the Minnesota legal system to get companies to provide relevant evidence, which can be used to piece together the truth about the fatal incident. Attorney Eric Hageman has experience with complex wrongful death lawsuits in Minnesota and throughout the United States. He recently won a $6 million settlement for a family in a traffic accident case.
Below are some of the many settlements Eric and our other Minnesota wrongful death lawyers have won for families:
- $6,000,000 in a lawsuit against a driver and the company that had serviced the vehicle prior to the crash.
- $3,500,000 to a couple that suffered the loss of unborn twins after the pregnant mother ate food contaminated with Listeria bacteria.
- $3,000,000.00 on behalf of a family in a wrongful death lawsuit against a school district.
- $3,000,000 on behalf of the family of a woman who died as a result of Legionnaire’s Disease.
- $2,950,000 on behalf of a family following a fatal apartment fire.
- $2,850,000 for a family whose loved was run over while riding a bicycle.
- $2,700,000 for the family of an elderly man who died from food poisoning.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman represented the family of a student who drowned during gym class. The teacher brought the children to a pool with no life guards, and he was the only adult supervising. But instead of watching the children, Fred and Eric found out that he was watching a computer screen. One of the children who could not swim went to the deep end on a floating device, fell off of the device and drowned. He was not found until all of the other children were out of the pool and getting ready to leave.
“Fred and Eric proved that our son didn’t die by accident and our greatest relief was to watch these lawyers work and fight for our son.”
Get Compensation and Justice for Your Family Member
Under Minnesota Statutes, section 573, a decedent’s spouse and next of kin can sue, but damages are limited to financial loss, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses
- Potential earnings
- Loss of advice, comfort, assistance, protection, counsel and society
- Punitive damages upon clear and convincing evidence that the acts of the defendant show deliberate disregard for the rights or safety of others.
Minnesota courts have interpreted the act as barring recovery for pain and suffering experienced prior to the person passing away, and emotional distress experienced by the spouse and next of kin.
Even without damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress, Minnesota courts have awarded significant amounts of monetary compensation to families of victims.
Minnesota Wrongful Death Law
When someone is killed because of the wrongdoing of a person or company, a family can sue under Minnesota Statutes, section 573.02. Minnesota’s wrongful death law provides families with the right to seek compensation for the loss of a loved one “caused by the wrongful act or omission of any person or corporation.” In many cases, this is the only way to hold the wrongdoer accountable.
In Minnesota, a wrongful death lawyer represents the trustee who is acting on behalf of the surviving spouse and next of kin. The lawyer will need to prove the following to recovery compensation:
- The death of a human being
- Caused by the wrongful act or omission (negligence) of a person or corporation
- Financial loss (damages) suffered by the surviving spouse or next of kin.
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Minnesota Wrongful Death Accident Information
Jaqueline J. Brueggemeier, from Biscay, Minnesota, had exited the WM Mueller & Sons dump truck she was driving when she was run over by a dump truck owned by Molnau Trucking LLC. She tragically died from her injuries. The accident happened October 25, 2017, on East Railroad Avenue in Wright County.
Jean Claude Wishard Dies in Head-On Collision with Minivan
A Toyota Sienna minivan was traveling west on Highway 7 in Minnetrista, MN, Hennepin County. The minivan drove into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a Toyota Matrix, a compact car. Tragically, the driver of the Matrix, Jean Claude Wishard, of Minnetonka, was killed. The accident happened on October 29, 2017.
A Dodge Caravan used as a taxi was rear ended by a Freightliner semitrailer, killing the taxi driver and one of his passengers. Another passenger, Marche Price was severely injured. According to the state patrol, there was no evidence that the semi driver took any evasive action before the crash, and charges are likely after the accident reconstruction is complete.
A head-on collision in Pine County, MN, killed a man from Milaca. According to the preliminary accident report, a Saturn car was traveling westbound on Highway 23 in Brook Park when it moved into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit a Buick Park Avenue head on. The driver of the Buick tragically did not survive the crash.
This morning, the driver of an SUV died when his vehicle collided with a semi-trailer on Industrial Boulevard in Minneapolis, Minnesota. No additional information was provided at the time this was written.
A Chevy Silverado was northbound on Highway 56 when the driver attempted to pass another vehicle and hit a southbound Ford Focus head-on, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver of the Ford Focus, Severt Fiksen, was tragically killed. The crash happened on November 15, 2016, on Highway 56 (710th Street), just north of Hayfield, Minnesota.
A recent head-on collision between two semi-tractor trucks in Minnesota tragically killed both drivers. The crash happened on I-90 when a Kenworth semi-tractor traveling eastbound crossed the median and entered the westbound lane of traffic, where it collided head-on with a Freightliner semi, killing the driver of that vehicle.
A Kenworth semi was traveling eastbound on I-90 as a Freightliner semi was traveling westbound. The Kenworth crossed the median and entered the westbound lane of traffic, where it collided head-on with the Freightliner, causing the tragic loss of the 37-year-old driver from Roseville, Minnesota, who was driving the Freightliner.
Early this morning, September 16, 2016, a fatal crash in St. Louis County, Minnesota, tragically ended the life of a woman from Rush City, MN.
A 23-year-old man from Janesville, Wisconsin, was driving a GMC pickup truck on Highway 70 when it broadsided a Buick Lesabre, according to the Minnesota State Patrol’s preliminary report. The Buick was crossing Highway 70 from southbound County Road 23. The driver of the Buick did not survive the crash, and her passenger was injured.
On Thursday afternoon, a FedEx truck and a motorcyclist collided at the intersection of Burnsville Parkway and 143rd Circle in Burnsville, Minnesota. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. Our thoughts are with the family.
Yesterday, an Xcel Energy truck jumped the curb and killed a man in Bloomington, Minnesota, at 86th Street and Nicollet Avenue. He was waiting at a bus stop. The Xcel truck, pulling a trailer, was traveling south on Nicollet.