NORTH DAKOTA WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYERS
Obtaining justice for the families of fatal accident victims
When a person or entity’s negligence results in the loss of a life, surviving family members may have grounds for wrongful death damages. These monetary awards are meant to assist families with the financial hardship that often accompanies the sudden death of a loved one.
Since 1979, Larson Law Firm P.C. has provided comfort to families impacted by wrongful death. We know that no amount of monetary compensation can replace the life of a loved one, but it is our hope that a maximum recovery can help ease some of the financial burden these survivors’ face. Our team of experienced North Dakota wrongful death lawyers is equipped with the knowledge and resources to investigate the fatal accident and determine fault. We then aggressively seek to hold all responsible parties financially accountable for the extensive pain and suffering they caused. We are committed to helping families reduce their financial burdens, so they can focus on healing after a tragic loss.
Successfully handling wrongful death claims in North Dakota
At the Larson Law Firm, our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers have a successful record of obtaining justice for families who lost loved ones in fatal accidents. We have secured settlements and won jury verdicts in a wide range of wrongful death cases, involving such fatal incidents as:
- Car crashes
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Recreational vehicle accidents
- Railroad accidents
- Dangerous premises
- Defective products
- Farm accidents
- Workplace incidents
With a network of experts and investigators to call on, our seasoned attorneys have the resources to thoroughly and accurately identify the cause of a fatal accident. Once this determination is made, we earnestly work to obtain fair and just compensation.
What qualifies as a wrongful death claim?
Under North Dakota statute Section 32-21-01, wrongful death is defined as any wrongful “act, neglect or default” that leads to the death of a person. The person’s death could be caused by negligence, recklessness or even be intentional. However, the key to a wrongful death claim is that the victim must have had a viable personal injury claim had they survived the accident.
For example, if your loved one’s cause of death was a car crash caused by another driver, they would have likely had a personal injury claim had they not passed away from their injuries. You can think of wrongful death claims as a personal injury action you take on behalf of your loved one in order to protect their rights – and yours – after their death.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
North Dakota law lists, in order, the individuals who may file a wrongful death suit. The following people have the right to file a claim, starting with the spouse of the deceased:
- Surviving spouse of the deceased person
- Surviving child or children of the deceased person
- Surviving parent of the deceased person
- Surviving grandparent of the deceased person
- Personal representative of the deceased person
- Person who has had primary physical custody of the deceased person
If the person eligible to file a wrongful death action does not do so within 30 days after the request of the person next in order, that next person will be eligible to file the wrongful death claim.
What kind of compensation is available in a wrongful death case?
Although every case and every situation is unique, a wrongful death claim is a civil action, meaning you are eligible to seek financial compensation for your damages. These damages are broken down into two categories – economic and non-economic.
Economic damages include compensation for things like the deceased person’s funeral and burial, medical expenses, loss of wages and earning capacity, and other lost income and support. Non-economic damages include less quantifiable losses like pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement and loss of consortium. Our wrongful death attorneys fight aggressively on your behalf for the compensation you deserve.
Is there a statute of limitations on a North Dakota wrongful death action?
The statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits in North Dakota courts is two years, but it is essential to seek legal help from a qualified wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. Critical evidence can be lost or destroyed, and witness memories may fade. These circumstances can result in lost opportunities to properly research and prepare for the lawsuit, further delaying a successful outcome in your case.
When you contact our team, we quickly begin investigating the causes of the accident, while documenting the full extent of your losses. When determining an adequate compensation amount, we consider loss of financial support, companionship and guidance. Attorney Mark Larson’s background as a certified public accountant becomes particularly helpful when quantifying these losses. As a Civil Trial Specialist certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, he is a valuable asset to our legal team and your wrongful death claim.
Contact our North Dakota wrongful death lawyers for a confidential discussion
At the Larson Law Firm P.C., we believe that at-fault parties should be held accountable for the horrendous pain and suffering they have placed upon you and your family. That is why we diligently fight for your rights at the settlement table or, when necessary, in a court of law. If your family member lost his or her life to the negligence of an individual or business, contact our law office via our contact form or call us at 701-484-4878. We represent families from Ward, Williams, McKenzie, Pierce and Mountrail Counties from our office location in Minot. Call us today to begin fighting for the compensation your family deserves.