Even a minor car accident can leave you shaken and upset, but a crash that results in a fatality can change many people’s lives forever. The effects of a fatal car accident reach far beyond just those involved and often leave the victim’s family dealing with their grief and a sudden influx of medical bills combined with a sudden decrease in income.

Under Wisconsin law, victims may be able to get compensation for many different types of damages, including financial losses and other issues. Financially, victims may be able to get compensation for any medical bills or lost income related to the accident, and some cases also allow for punitive damages.

Cases that involve fatalities have some unique aspects, including that it may be possible for the courts to award compensation to cover the unexpected funeral expenses as well as loss of consortium. What you are entitled to and how substantial the payment may be depends on the specifics of your case, and it’s important to get a full understanding of the process by talking with a personal injury attorney before moving forward.

When a loved one dies in an accident that could have been prevented, it leaves a void that nothing can ever really fill. It’s understandable for the family members left behind to want to explore all of their options, including legal recourse through the Wisconsin courts. If you’ve recently lost someone to an accident that may have been caused by another person’s negligence, the McCormick Law Office can help you better understand if a wrongful death lawsuit is a possibility and what to expect from the process.