Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Fatal Crash Near School Bus Stop

The family of a kindergarten student has filed wrongful death lawsuit after their daughter was killed when boarding the school bus.

About the Bus Stop Accident and Resulting Lawsuit

According to FOX 6 Now, Maryana Kranz, 6, was waiting to board the bus outside her home in Plainfield, Wisconsin, on February 10 when a pickup truck driver came up on the right side of the bus, striking both Maryana and her 4-year-old sister. Maryana died, and her sister suffered injuries.

Shannon Kranz, the girl’s mother, filed a civil lawsuit on March 25, claiming that the driver “was casually negligent.” Hannah Kranz, the injured girl, is also listed as a plaintiff. The defendants are the pickup’s driver, 76-year-old Carl Millenix and his insurance company, State Farm Mutual.

State Farm and the driver denied claims and asked for the case to be dismissed. So far, no criminal charges have been filed, and the crash remains under investigation by the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim is a claim in which a family seeks damages related to the loss of a loved one. The important thing to remember about wrongful death claims is that they are not actually filed on behalf of the deceased person; instead, they are filed on behalf of the individuals affected by the decedent’s death.

As such, the damages family members seek when filing a wrongful death claim are:

  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of love and emotional support
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of society

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Who can file a wrongful death claim can vary from state to state, but typically beneficiaries include at least:

Other states may allow for relatives, like brothers and sisters, to file as well, depending on the facts of the case.

Contact an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of an individual, company, or other entity, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to talk with you and your family about your potential case. At Thomas J. Henry, we offer a free case review, and you don’t owe a thing unless we win your case. Our results speak loudly of our success in obtaining successful verdicts, settlements, and judgments for our clients. Let us help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve.

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