A Greenfield wrongful death lawyer from Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can help you pursue compensation if your close relative had an untimely death because of someone else’s wrongful act.
Under Indiana law, the wrongful act could be intentional, like an altercation, or an accident, like a car crash. Our personal injury lawyers could help hold the at-fault party accountable for your loss.
An Overview of Indiana’s Wrongful Death Law
Indiana lays out the rules that control the right to sue someone for wrongful death in IC 34-23-1-1. This statute explains the kind of compensation that can be available and who can receive the proceeds of a wrongful death settlement or verdict.
Damages in a Successful Wrongful Death Suit
The compensation available in any given wrongful death case will depend on the unique circumstances of that case. In general, these categories of money damages are available in an Indiana wrongful death lawsuit:
- The medical bills to treat the deceased person’s wounds that lead to his death. For example, the ambulance or life flight, emergency room, hospital, doctors, medical procedures, diagnostic testing, blood transfusions, and prescription drugs.
- The reasonable cost of the funeral and burial of the deceased person.
- The loss of financial support and services of the decedent.
- Loss of inheritance.
- The loss of increase of the deceased person’s assets, like retirement accounts
- Loss of the affection, guidance, and companionship of the decedent.
- The grief and emotional pain that the wrongful death caused to the deceased person’s legal beneficiaries.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Indiana
The personal representative of the estate of the decedent can bring the lawsuit. If successful, the estate will get reimbursed for the medical bills and funeral and burial costs. The legal beneficiaries, like the surviving spouse and dependents, can receive the remaining compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Greenfield, call 800-333-9999
Indiana’s Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death
In most Indiana wrongful death lawsuits, you only have two years to file the case in court. If you blame a government entity for the death of your loved one, as in a case of police misconduct, you will typically have to file an administrative claim within six months.
Missing the deadline can have a harsh and extreme outcome. Let’s say that your loved one died in a car crash and you filed a claim with the at-fault driver’s auto liability insurance carrier. You negotiated with the claims adjuster, who appeared to be acting in good faith. Two years after the collision, the adjuster stopped taking your calls. The filing deadline passed, and they do not have to pay you any money.
Your Greenfield wrongful death lawyer will ensure you do not miss any deadlines.
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Common Causes of Wrongful Death
One of the most common causes of wrongful death cases is motor vehicle accidents. One driver makes a mistake, like speeding or running a stop sign, and causes a collision that kills someone else. The driver did not intend to take the other person’s life. This is a negligent act that could lead to a wrongful death claim.
Other examples of wrongful death claims caused by negligence are:
- A doctor misdiagnoses or fails to diagnose a condition that could have been treatable if caught in time. The late diagnosis or non-diagnosis turns a treatable condition into a terminal one.
- The medical staff at a nursing home accidentally mix up the medications and give a resident the wrong prescription drug, which causes the person to die.
- A construction worker falls when an improperly assembled scaffolding collapses. The worker dies from severe head injuries.
On occasion, the wrongful act that leads to someone else’s death was intentional. In these situations, the defendant will likely face criminal charges. Some people assume that they cannot file a civil lawsuit seeking damages against someone who is a criminal defendant, but that is not true. Criminal charges against the defendant do not bar you from filing a civil case.
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