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Wrongful Death


Our compassionate lawyers are fully engaged in the pursuit of justice.

When a family loses a loved one in a tragic accident, they face a number of dilemmas. One is the inability to get closure unless they obtain some measure of justice. If the authorities decline to press criminal charges, the responsible party may never be held accountable. An additional problem is the financial loss that occurs when a family loses its breadwinner or a significant financial contributor.


For many years, the attorneys of Martineau Leonard PLLC have helped families cope with painful loss by holding responsible parties accountable through wrongful death litigation. Our smart, concerned personal injury attorneys work closely with surviving spouses and other loved ones to build a compelling case for compensation. While no jury verdict or settlement can ever totally compensate for the death of a family member, our services have helped numerous families continue their lives with financial security.


Who can file a wrongful death claim?

In most states, the personal representative of the deceased person or a relative who stands to inherit under the laws of the state may bring an action for wrongful death. Potential plaintiffs include:

  • Surviving spouses

  • Children

However, potential plaintiffs should consider that evidence erodes over time. Our work investigating wrongful deaths, involving everything from nursing home negligence to motorcycle accidents, is much more fruitful when we make a quick start.


What damages are recoverable in a wrongful death lawsuit?

Plaintiffs can recover for their losses, both financial and emotional, including:

  • Reimbursement for the deceased's medical costs 

  • Reimbursement for the deceased's burial costs 

  • Compensation for lost financial support for a dependent of the deceased

  • Additional damages for loss of society and companionship


These awards are subject to comparative negligence law, so the court may reduce the final award if the deceased is found negligent.


Contact our concerned and capable Minneapolis attorneys for your wrongful death case.

Martineau Leonard PLLC in the Twin Cities represents surviving spouses, parents, children and other family members throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin seeking justice for the loss of their loved ones. If you've lost a family member in a tragic accident, call 952-567-2488.

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