The wrongful death of a loved one is something that you never “get over.” People say that time heals all wounds, but the truth is that the wound is always there, you find a way to go one with your life without your loved one by your side.
A loved one’s death is always difficult to handle. However, losing a loved one unexpectedly due to a preventable accident can leave you with much anger, in addition to grief. Going on after the death of a loved one can be extraordinarily challenging in any situation, but doing so knowing that this tragedy could have been avoided can seem unbearable. Filing a wrongful death claim may help with the healing process as you seek justice on behalf of your loved one and your family.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is a civil action filed against a person or entity that causes the wrongful death of a person through negligence, recklessness, carelessness, or intentional act. Because the justice system cannot return your loved one to you or take away the pain you are experiencing because of the death of a family member, it requires the person or entity to pay monetary compensation to you and your family.
A wrongful death claim can provide much needed financial support for your family. The compensation from a wrongful death claim can help pay bills, provide medical care, pay daycare, and provide for the education of your children. Furthermore, by making the person or entity pay a financial settlement, the court is sending a message to the public that this type of behavior will be punished severely.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In Indiana?
Every state has specific laws related to wrongful death actions, including Indiana. Indiana’s wrongful death laws specifically state that the personal representative for the deceased person has the right to file a wrongful death claim. The personal representative is the person who is in charge of administering your loved one’s probate estate. In most cases, this is the person’s spouse, child, parent, or sibling. However, if the deceased person is a child at the time of death, the parents have the right to file a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death can arise from almost any event. Common causes of a wrongful death include:
- Traffic Accidents, including car, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse and Elder Abuse
- Defective Products
- Slip and Fall Accidents (Premises Liability)
- Dangerous Drugs and Defective Medical Devices
Almost any situation that causes a death could result in a wrongful death claim if another person or entity caused the situation through negligence, carelessness, recklessness, or intentional act.
Call An Indiana Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you have lost a loved one, we extend our deepest sympathies. We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for you and your family. We would like to help you as you seek justice for yourself, your family, and your loved one.
Please contact The Ken Nunn Law Office at your convenience through our Live Chat feature or by calling 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536. We do not charge for a consultation. Our Indiana wrongful death attorney wants to hear about the death of your loved one so we can offer sound legal advice and support regarding a wrongful death claim.