What is Wrongful Death?
In the state of Indiana, a wrongful death is when a death occurs due to someone’s negligent, careless, or intentional actions or inactions. There are various instances that fall under the definition of wrongful death, including the following:
Why Should You File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit provides an opportunity for you to receive a form of justice by ensuring the persons involved are held accountable for their actions. Even though it may appear as though a wrongful death suit is aimed at gaining you monetary compensation, that is not its sole outcome. The case can allow a chance for your voice to be heard on behalf of your loved one in a courtroom. This can lead to an increased awareness of the behavior that led to the wrongful death, and perhaps even prevent future instances from occurring by showcasing the consequences for the person at fault.
How Can I File a Wrongful Death Case?
The state of Indiana allows for up to 2 years after the victim’s passing in order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, so you should plan to file as soon as you are able to. In the event of a child passing, the child’s parents or guardians must file on behalf of the child. In the event of an adult passing, the state of Indiana allows only the personal representative of the deceased’s estate to file the case.
As you consider filing the lawsuit, gather evidence to prove the defendant caused the death of your loved one through their negligent, careless, or intentional actions, along with the following additional evidence:
● The defendant’s act would have entitled the victim to win a personal injury claim had the death not occurred
● The victim has left behind surviving beneficiaries, children, or dependents
● The victim’s death has resulted in monetary damages
The passing of a loved one is an inexplicably challenging time. We can help you to ensure that you receive suitable compensation.