Our Wrongful Death Attorneys Seek Justice For Your Loss
Accidents that result in life-altering injuries can be devastating. An accident that results in the loss of a life is nothing short of tragic, especially when that accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Our personal injury lawyers at Tipp Coburn Lockwood, P.C., in Missoula have been helping clients throughout western Montana since 1959. With decades of experience, if you need a wrongful death lawyer, our firm will fight for justice on your behalf to hold any negligent parties accountable for the loss of your loved one.
Who Can File A Claim For Wrongful Death In Montana?
In the state of Montana, the representative of the decedent’s estate may file a claim for the wrongful death of the decedent. If there is not a named representative for the estate in the decedent’s will, the court will appoint one. If the decedent was a minor child and under the age of 18, the decedent’s parents or legal guardians may file a claim for wrongful death. If the deceased was killed because of the negligence of another or an intentional wrongful act of another, the survivors may have a claim for wrongful death.
What Kind Of Compensation Can You Get For A Wrongful Death Claim?
Typically, a wrongful death claim will allow you to recover the same sorts of damages that a personal injury lawsuit would allow you to recover, including:
- Medical expenses and bills
- The value of lost wages and benefits that the decedent contributed to their family
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses and burial costs
A wrongful death claim can be filed for any death where negligence was involved like a motor vehicle or car accident, a medical malpractice claim, a premises liability or slip-and-fall case, or workplace accidents. In certain situations, a loved one may also file a wrongful death claim after a loved one was killed because of someone’s criminal actions, like a DUI or homicide case.
What Is The Statute Of Limitations Or Filing Deadline For A Wrongful Death Action?
Typically, the filing deadline and statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for the wrongful death of a loved one is three years after the day the victim died. However, if the wrongful death action is based on an act that was determined to be criminal homicide, the statute of limitations is extended to 10 years after the victim’s death.
Consult A Wrongful Death Lawyer For Free
Our personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and case evaluations. To schedule your fee appointment, send us an inquiry through our online form or call our office at 406-389-4215. We will listen to your story, and answer your questions and tell you more about how we can help you with your case.