Know Your Rights If A Loved One Is Killed
Wrongful death lawsuits are intended to protect the legal rights of family members of someone who has been killed due to negligence or a willful act. Although no amount of money can replace the life of a loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can help ensure that the victim’s survivors do not suffer financially and help them through their grief.
At Bolinske Law Firm, we represent survivors in wrongful death lawsuits across North Dakota from our office in Bismarck. Attorney Robert Bolinske Jr. brings extensive experience in negotiating settlements as well as litigating these complex, high-stakes cases in judge and jury trials. These cases result from a wide range of incidents, including car accidents, workplace accidents, defective products and medical malpractice cases.
North Dakota law stipulates that a wrongful death can stem from an act that is negligent, reckless or intentional. Individuals who are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit are:
- A surviving spouse
- A surviving child or children
- Either surviving parent
- Any surviving grandparent
- The personal representative of a decedent’s estate
- Any individual who had primary custody of the deceased person prior to death
What Can Be Recovered
The damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit are separated into two categories: economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages include funeral expenses, loss of income, and loss of employment opportunities or a business. They may also include the cost of medical care and rehabilitation services incurred before death.
Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering of the deceased person, physical impairment or disfigurement, survivors’ mental and emotional anguish, and loss of consortium or companionship.
Prompt Action Is Important
A North Dakota wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the deceased person’s death. It is wise to enlist the assistance of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case and recommend the next steps to take during a free consultation. We understand the emotional pain that survivors are experiencing, so we approach them with great sensitivity and empathy. Call 701-516-8105 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.