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Protecting your interests after the wrongful death of a loved one

Losing a loved one in an accident is never easy, but it can be particularly painful to know that his or her death was preventable and unnecessary. When you are dealing with the wrongful death of a loved one, not only are you facing excruciating emotional pain, you are likely also dealing with the financial fallout that often accompanies an unexpected death.

If you believe that your loved one suffered unnecessarily, you could have grounds to take legal action against the liable parties. A wrongful death claim cannot undo what you suffered, but it can help you and your Indiana family recover financial losses and rebuild your lives. An experienced personal injury attorney can help. 

What you need for a strong wrongful death claim

A representative of the decedent's family or estate can bring a wrongful death claim. This means that you can do this yourself on behalf of both you and other surviving members of the family. Through this type of lawsuit, you may seek recovery of damages associated with injury, pain and suffering and financial losses, such as funeral costs. Your claim must prove that you and your family are suffering due to the following:

  • The unexpected and unnecessary death of a loved one
  • Money damages due to accident-related costs
  • The negligence or recklessness of another party
  • Emotional duress
  • Loss of companionship and consortium
  • Loss of income

Not every fatal accident is necessarily grounds to file a civil claim. It is possible that this is a viable option for your family if any of the following contributed to the death of your family member:

  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Aviation accident
  • Medical malpractice
  • Hazardous or toxic exposure at work
  • Criminal activity of any kind
  • Fatal injuries suffered during a supervised activity

It can be difficult to know if you should move forward with a civil claim, but it is always beneficial to know your rights and options. The death of a loved one is extremely difficult, but you do not have to face it alone.

Why experience matters

No matter the circumstances of the death of your family member, you have the right to know if you have grounds for a civil claim. When much is at stake and you have experienced significant financial and emotional losses, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate the civil claims process. If you believe you may have valid grounds for a wrongful death claim, you can take the first step by seeking a complete case evaluation with a legal professional.

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