Carmel Wrongful Death Lawyer
When a loved one passes away because of another’s recklessness, you deserve compensation for their final expenses and your pain. Reach out to a Carmel wrongful death attorney to protect the full compensation your family needs.
Unfortunately, you might have also discovered that their accident wasn’t just misfortune. Someone was reckless with their safety, and now you’ve lost a part of your family. The sense of injustice you’ll experience can be overwhelming. You’ll also be left to manage the cost of a funeral and any final expenses.
When this happens, you need a Carmel wrongful death lawyer from Kooi Law to recover your family’s losses.
Who is Eligible in Indiana?
Before you file, however, you’ll need to make sure you’re eligible to file and be awarded damages for your losses. Because your loved one isn’t present to file for those damages, laws are in place to determine who can file in their absence.
In Indiana, you’ll need a personal representative to file the claim. This person represents the deceased’s estate and files on the estate’s behalf. This doesn’t mean family members can’t be compensated, however.
The damages should go to the family—namely the deceased’s spouse, children, and dependents. These damages are typically divided among the living family members. If you lost a child, you, your spouse, or both parents can file a claim on their behalf, depending on who has legal custody of the child. The legal guardian of the child will be the only one eligible for compensation.
Wrongful Death Damages
The people eligible for compensation will need to know what to expect and how much they’re eligible to receive. Unfortunately, your options for damages are limited.
In Indiana, you can only receive compensation for economic damages. This means that you’ll be able to seek out the expenses resulting from your loved one’s death, such as expenses for the burial and funeral, property damage, and hospital bills. You might also pursue the wages they would have provided, if they were still living.
Unfortunately, that means that you won’t be able to pursue intangible damages. Many states allow family members to seek compensation for grief and suffering, as well as any loss of companionship or affection. In Indiana, these damages aren’t an option, and your total compensation will be limited to $300,000.
Talk to a Carmel Wrongful Death Attorney
You’ve already lost a loved one, and now you might be concerned about the compensation you can receive. Many states restrict what you can receive for your loved one’s fatal accident, which can make it difficult for you to recover from the financial and emotional burden of death.
A qualified and experienced lawyer from Kooi Law can help. Because your damages are so limited, it can be difficult to know how to navigate the wrongful death claims process. We’ll work diligently to get the compensation you deserve.
Our Carmel wrongful death lawyer offers free consultations, which means you can speak to us about your claim before signing anything. To get started, reach out by calling 317-569-1335 or by filling out the online form below.