Wrongful /Accidental Death


The sudden loss of a family member in an accident is an unimaginable tragedy that affects every aspect of your life. If the death was caused by the negligence or carelessness of another person or company the family members of the deceased person may be entitled to compensation for their loss.  No amount of money can ever begin to compensate for the loss of a loved one but seeking compensation from the wrongdoer is often the only remedy available to the grieving family.

In Minnesota, a wrongful death claim is not for the damages of the deceased person but instead for the surviving family members. The law allows the surviving family members to seek compensation for their economic losses, as well as for the loss of companionship, comfort, and guidance of the deceased person, as well as other elements of the loss. Wrongful death claims can only be brought by a trustee appointed specifically by a court to pursue the wrongful death claim. Our attorneys have represented families who have lost loved ones due to motor vehicle crashes, defective products, construction and other work accidents, and medical malpractice.

In all of our cases, but especially wrongful death cases, we take the time to get to know who the decedent was and how they contributed to their family – economically and emotionally. Proving the value of a life lost is one of the most challenging aspects of a wrongful death case. The attorneys at Maschka, Riedy and Ries will work closely with you and specialized experts to demonstrate the full magnitude of your loss. Our attorneys do not treat your loss of a family member as just another case. We understand and respect the depth of the loss suffered by the family and will work compassionately and aggressively to get the justice your family deserves in the wake of a tragic loss.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident, you need the caring attorneys of Maschka, Riedy and Ries to help you handle the complex issues that you will face so you can focus on grieving your loss and helping your family recover. It can be difficult to even think about calling a lawyer in the wake of a tragic death but time is often of the essence in preserving critical evidence and information that can make or break a potential wrongful death claim. 

 Newsletter story about a client who lost her husband

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