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Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim?

July 20, 2015 Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is a tragic and life-changing event under any circumstances. Often, there are financial burdens to bear alongside the emotional ones. If your loved one’s death was due to an accident of some kind, you may find yourself wondering if the accident was due to another person’s wrongdoing or carelessness.

The law may be able to help the survivors of a family member whose death was wrongful. But how can you tell if you should consider taking legal action? In legal terms, a death is wrongful if a person dies because of another party’s negligence, recklessness or misconduct.

When Negligence Causes A Person to Die

If you feel your loved one’s death was due to someone else’s misconduct or poor judgment, you should consider speaking with a wrongful death lawyer regarding the events that lead to the death. There are many ways in which one party may be responsible for another person’s death, including:

These are just some examples. If the accident that caused your loved one’s death was, in your opinion, not the fault of your loved one, you may have a valid wrongful death claim.

Goals of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Nothing can erase the grief of losing a loved one. However, after the death of a close family member, you may be suffering potentially great financial losses in the form of medical care before the death, funeral costs and loss of income. You may be able to collect monetary compensation for:

  • Loss of the deceased’s income or earnings, including retirement income
  • Medical expenses from the time of the negligent act until the victim’s death
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of consortium—this is meant to compensate you for your loss of the love and companionship of the deceased person.

It’s hard enough to lose someone you care about, without also being saddled with a mountain of expenses while you grieve.

You don’t need to suffer alone; our Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers may be able to help you. Contact us today for a free case evaluation with an experienced attorney.

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