Wrongful Death

Bozeman Wrongful Death Lawyer

Advocating for Families of Deceased Loved Ones Across Montana

If you have recently experienced the loss of a loved one due to an accident caused by someone else's negligence, it is crucial to seek the assistance of a Montana wrongful death lawyer to safeguard your rights. At Hoyt & Blewett PLLC, we have been representing numerous families of wrongful death victims for over three decades.

We empathize with the profound devastation and grief that accompanies the loss of a family member due to another person's wrongdoing. While a wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring back your loved one, it can help alleviate the financial uncertainty often faced after fatal accidents.

Our firm handles wrongful death claims throughout Montana, including Great Falls, Billings, Helena, Missoula, and Butte.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation, call Hoyt & Blewett PLLC today at (406) 233-1302.

Causes of Wrongful Death

Our Bozeman wrongful death lawyers provide legal representation for families who have lost loved ones in accidents such as:

What Constitutes Wrongful Death in Montana?

In Montana, wrongful death is defined as a death caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another person or entity. Montana Code Annotated section 27-1-513 provides the specific legal framework for wrongful death claims in the state.

To establish a wrongful death claim in Montana, the following elements must typically be proven:

Death of a person: The claimant must demonstrate that a person has died.

Causal connection: It must be shown that the death was caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another party. This means establishing that the defendant's actions or omissions directly led to the individual's death.

Wrongful act, neglect, or default: The defendant's actions or failures to act must be deemed wrongful or negligent. This could involve various circumstances, such as negligent driving, medical malpractice, product defects, workplace accidents, or any other situation where the defendant's conduct falls below the standard of care expected.

Legal duty: The claimant must establish that the defendant owed a legal duty of care to the deceased person. This duty of care could arise from various relationships, such as a driver's duty to operate their vehicle safely, a doctor's duty to provide competent medical treatment, or an employer's duty to maintain a safe work environment.

Damages: The wrongful death claim must demonstrate that the death has resulted in damages for the surviving family members or the deceased person's estate. These damages may include economic losses (such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost income, and loss of financial support) as well as non-economic losses (such as loss of companionship, emotional distress, and pain and suffering).

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

In Montana, the right to file a wrongful death claim is limited to certain individuals who are designated as "statutory beneficiaries." The Montana Code Annotated section 27-1-513 outlines who is eligible to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in the state.

The following individuals are generally recognized as statutory beneficiaries who can file a wrongful death claim in Montana:

Surviving spouse: The deceased person's spouse has the primary right to bring a wrongful death claim.

Children: If there is no surviving spouse, the deceased person's children (including both biological and adopted children) may file a wrongful death claim.

Parents: If there is no surviving spouse or children, the deceased person's parents may have the right to file a wrongful death claim.

Personal representative or executor: If none of the above-mentioned individuals are available or willing to bring the claim, the personal representative or executor of the deceased person's estate can pursue the wrongful death action on behalf of the estate and its beneficiaries.

Trust our experienced team to guide you through this difficult time and fight relentlessly for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today!

Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Claim

In a wrongful death claim in Montana, various types of damages may be available to the eligible beneficiaries who have suffered losses as a result of the death of their loved one. These damages are intended to compensate the beneficiaries for their financial and emotional losses caused by the wrongful death. The specific types of damages that can be awarded in Montana include:

Economic Damages

These damages aim to compensate for the financial losses incurred by the beneficiaries. They may include:

  • Medical expenses: The cost of medical treatment and care related to the deceased person's final injury or illness.
  • Funeral and burial expenses: The reasonable expenses associated with the funeral, burial, or cremation of the deceased person.
  • Loss of financial support: Compensation for the income, benefits, and financial support that the deceased person would have provided to the beneficiaries had they survived.
  • Loss of services: Compensation for the value of household services, childcare, and other contributions the deceased person would have provided to the beneficiaries.
  • Loss of inheritance: The value of the inheritance that the beneficiaries would have received from the deceased person had they survived.

Non-Economic Damages

These damages are meant to compensate for the intangible losses suffered by the beneficiaries. They may include:

  • Loss of companionship: Compensation for the loss of love, companionship, and emotional support of the deceased person.
  • Loss of consortium: Compensation for the loss of the marital relationship, including the loss of the deceased person's companionship, affection, and intimacy.
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress: Compensation for the psychological suffering, grief, and emotional trauma experienced by the beneficiaries due to the loss of their loved one.
  • Pain and suffering: If the deceased person experienced conscious pain and suffering before their death, damages may be awarded for the pain and suffering endured.

Get Experience On Your Side

Our Dedicated Attorneys Are Ready to Help

Schedule your free and confidential consultation today.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy

Ready to Get Started?

Your Voice in the Courtroom

At Hoyt & Blewett PLLC in Bozeman, we understand the devastating impact of wrongful death cases on families. With over 100 years of combined experience, our dedicated team of attorneys is here to provide compassionate and skilled legal representation. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and understand your needs.

Our track record speaks for itself, as we have obtained numerous top personal injury verdicts in Montana, including 18 jury verdicts surpassing $1 million. Zander Blewett, a member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, is committed to delivering exceptional advocacy and achieving justice for our clients. Trust our experienced team to guide you through this difficult time and fight relentlessly for the compensation you deserve.

Call the Bozeman wrongful death lawyers at Hoyt & Blewett PLLC today at (406) 233-1302 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation.

From their office in Great Falls, Hoyt & Blewett PLLC serves injured clients throughout Montana including Great Falls, Helena, Missoula, Billings, Kalispell, Butte, Anaconda, and Sidney.