According to Indiana law, a wrongful death is one that is caused by a wrongful act or omission of another. The law allows for the surviving spouse, children and other dependent family members to receive monetary damages from the person who is liable for the wrongful death. Damages may result from expenses incurred by the victim’s family for his or her medical and funeral expenses as well as pain and suffering, and the loss of the income and benefits that the victim would have provided for his or her family.
Wrongful death claims often result from automobile accidents involving a negligent driver. Some examples of negligent driving include DUI, texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving, speeding, and failure to obey traffic devices. While negligent drivers often face criminal charges that may result in fines and jail times, a wrongful death claim is a civil action that doesn’t seek imprisonment, but rather compensation to the victim’s family for economic and non-economic hardship caused by the death.
Other situations that may result in the wrongful death of an individual include workplace accidents, medical malpractice, accidental drownings, and nursing home abuse. If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligent acts of another person, you may be entitled to compensation to cover the expenses listed above. Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers at the Ken Nunn Law Office are ready to conduct a thorough review of your case and determine how best to proceed with getting you the money you deserve.
Time is of the essence. The statute of limitation on wrongful death cases is two years. Contact us today.