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Wisconsin wrongful death attorneysBeing a victim in a car accident does not just affect the victim. When someone is seriously injured or even fatally so, it affects loved ones closest to him or her. In many cases, life not only changes financially but physically and emotionally as well. Spouses and children who once had a husband, wife, father or mother who provided love, companionship, comfort and physical needs, often suffer lasting effects from no longer having these needs met. And under Wisconsin law, loved ones who suffered these types of losses can file for what is called, “Loss of Consortium.”

What is Loss of Consortium?

As mentioned above, loss of consortium, also referred to as a loss of society and companionship, was created for secondary victims, namely spouses and dependents in order to receive compensation for loss of lifestyle. 

A claim for loss of consortium arises when two people can no longer enjoy or maintain their relationship because of an injury to one of the parties. 

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Green Bay wrongful death lawyersWhen the negligence of another person causes the death of a loved one, the surviving family members have a right to pursue compensation. Sadly, obtaining a full and fair settlement is far more difficult than most people anticipate. Thankfully, a little knowledge and the assistance of a seasoned personal injury attorney can increase the chances of a positive outcome in your wrongful death case.

Traffic Accidents and Wrongful Deaths on the Rise

As the economy continues to recover, more and more people are traveling for both work and entertainment purposes. More people on the road (who may be distracted, intoxicated, or otherwise unwilling or incapable of safely operating a vehicle) means more crashes, and almost all crashes carry a risk of death. If your loved one loses his or her life as a result of a crash, it is important that you contact an attorney immediately for an in-depth analysis of your case.

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Wisconsin wrongful death lawyersWhen one thinks of fire-related injuries, they typically think of burn injuries. However, burns are not the most common cause of fire-related deaths. Instead, that title goes to smoke inhalation. It is a silent killer that can keep victims from finding their way to an exit, and it can cause asphyxiation that may ultimately result in serious injury or death. Learn more about this fire-related injury, including how to tell if you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for your losses, with help from the following information.

Smoke - A Swift and Silent Killer

In an enclosed space, fire depletes the air of oxygen and replaces it with toxins like smoke, soot, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and other gasses. In a matter of minutes, victims can begin to feel sluggish. Soon, they may start to experience dizziness and a loss of rational thought. If still unable to find a way out the victim may then lose consciousness. At this point, the victim likely needs immediate medical attention; failure to receive it may result in death. However, even with treatment, victims may suffer serious or permanent lung damage.

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Green Bay wrongful death lawyersCar accidents that result in death are always tragic, but when it happens to an expectant mother and her unborn child, it can feel as though the family has been robbed. Not only have they potentially lost a mother, spouse, or partner, but they have lost the life of a child they never had the chance to hold. In such situations, compensation may be owed.

Why Pursue Compensation?

Every parent knows that nothing can make up for the loss of a child. Unfortunately, this knowledge can cause some parents to forgo their right to pursue compensation. Some might do so because they are overcome with grief. Others simply may not understand their rights. In either situation, an attorney can help. Able to assist with the claims process and well-versed in personal injury laws, an experienced attorney can ease some of the stress and pain that parents are likely to experience. But this does not fully answer the question of why compensation might be needed.

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Appleton wrongful death lawyersDeath of a loved one is always painful, but when that loss is fueled by the negligent or wrongful acts of another, it can feel like a complete injustice. Indeed, many are, in fact, injustices that qualify as wrongful deaths. What is a wrongful death, and what kind of recourse do the families of lost loved ones have? The following explains.

What is Wrongful Death?

As defined under Section 895 of the Wisconsin Statutes, “wrongful death” is a death that was caused by a “wrongful act, neglect, or default.” In cases where the victim could have filed a personal injury lawsuit, certain other people may file a wrongful death claim in place of the deceased victim. This includes the victim’s surviving spouse, child(ren), domestic partner, parent, guardian, or personal representative of the deceased party’s estate.

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Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, and serves clients in Fox Valley, Outagamie County, Brown County, Door County, Kewaunee County, Manitowoc County, Sheboygan County, Fond du Lac County, Calumet County, Winnebago County, including Appleton, New London, Clintonville, Neenah, Oshkosh, DePere, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay, Marinette, Neenah, Chilton, Menasha, Shawano, Waupaca, Wausau, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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