Death is inevitable. However, the pain of dealing with a loved one’s death can be unbearable, especially if that death was preventable. If you lose a loved one due to another party’s negligence, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party.
A wrongful death claim is designed to compensate the decedent’s dependents. However, not anyone can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Minnesota.
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Minnesota
Laws regarding who can bring a lawful death lawsuit against the liable party vary from state to state. In Minnesota, the victim’s next-of-kin may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
So how much time do you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Minnesota?
In Minnesota, you generally have three years from the date of the decedent’s death to file a wrongful death claim. However, certain exceptions apply to this statute of limitations. Some of these exceptions include:
- If the death was caused by professional negligence, then you can file the claim within three years of your loved one’s death and within four years of the negligent act that resulted in their death.
- Time limit does not apply if the death was murder. This means that you can file a wrongful death lawsuit at any time.
The sudden death of a loved one can be difficult for everyone involved. Find out how you can successfully file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive the financial restitution you deserve following your dear one’s preventable demise.
Disclaimer: This post is not intended as legal advice regarding Minnesota’s statute of limitations. Should you have questions about the amount of time you have in your specific case, please reach out to a member of our team to learn more about how we can help.