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The loss of a spouse is one of the most difficult things a person can experience. When the death is a result of another person or party’s act of negligence, the tragedy can feel even worse. If you’ve lost a spouse due to wrongful death, you are urged to contact the wrongful death attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham today.
Following a wrongful death as a result of a semi-truck accident, an investigation of the accident will be conducted. When arriving at the scene of the accident, police will likely begin the investigation by interviewing witnesses and those directly involved in the accident.
You will likely be required to register the accident with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Information required includes date of the accident, town or city in which the accident occurred, drivers’ names, number of injuries, and number of fatalities.
If the family or spouse of the victim wishes to proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit, their attorney will conduct their own investigation to determine liability. An attorney’s investigation can determine liable parties ranging between:
In the state of Indiana, wrongful death can be defined by the death of an individual as the result of another’s negligent behavior. A wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring back a loved one, but it can provide the spouse and family with the following:
In Indiana, the representative of the spouse or family of the deceased person is responsible for filing the wrongful death lawsuit. The personal injury attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham can help you and your family get the compensation you deserve and provide necessary legal advice throughout the course of your claim.
Moving forward after the loss of your spouse is challenging. Although it may be difficult, it is very important that proper evidence is gathered, and specific steps are taken following the accident. If you’ve been involved in or witnessed a semi-truck accident, take these steps:
Compensation for spouses of wrongful death victims may be awarded in different ways. Types of compensation can include compensatory or punitive damages. Compensatory damages include the following:
Punitive damages are a bit different. Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are damages assessed in the legal process. Punitive damages punish the person or company at fault for negligence.
The deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in the state of Indiana is two years from the date of death.
If your spouse was a victim of a truck accident and lost his or her life, you may be eligible for compensation. The personal injury lawyers at WKW can help you and your family get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no obligation case evaluation today.
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