What Family Members Can Make a Wrongful Death Claim?


How Is a Wrongful Death Determined?

A wrongful death happens when someone or a company performs negligent actions that cause injuries and death to someone else. Wrongful death situations are untimely and unexpected. The guilty person could have probably avoided this wrongful death had they been paying attention to what they were doing.

A wrongful death causes immediate shock to the victim’s family, friends, and co-workers. Those closest to the deceased experience an array of emotions such as anger, hostility towards the guilty person causing this death, resentment, and immense sadness.

The surviving family wants revenge and justice for the deceased. Survivors of the deceased should not have to go through tremendous grief. This progressive grief becomes less as the months and years pass. No family should have to pay for funeral expenses, medical bills, and end-of-life expenses, so we work hard to get families the settlement they need to pay all of the deceased’s bills and unexpected expenses.

The wrongful death attorney remains by the survivor’s side and seeks justice in the death.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Indiana?

A wrongful death claim can only be filed by the person in charge of the deceased estate. This person is named as the deceased’s legal representative. Legal representatives are generally close family members such as a spouse, child, brother, sister, or parent.

It is not unusual for a legal representative to be none of these. A seasoned and experienced wrongful death attorney can guide and direct the family through the settlement process.

In the State of Indiana, the rights of survivors are first and foremost. The family member can sue the person who caused their loved one harm. In some cases, it may be a company or product that caused this wrongful death. A fair and just settlement helps cover the lost financial earnings and pay for end-of-life expenses.

While a settlement cannot bring the person back, it can ease the burden of costs and at the same time help to seek some justice for the wrong that the person caused.

Wrongful Death Examples

  • If a loved one dies in a car crash that was the other driver’s fault, it is grounds for a lawsuit.
  • A family could sue the company if the deceased died on the job due to a malfunction with machinery causing the death.
  • A person dies at the hands of a nursing home employee who was abusive or extremely negligent in their job.
  • A person dies while in the hospital because the doctor ordered the wrong medicine, and the nurse administered the medication.
  • A person dies while in surgery because the doctor was performing the wrong surgical procedure.
  • A person purchases a product, and the product malfunctions, causing that person’s death. Persons responsible could be the one who installed the faulty part in the car, the manufacturer, the distributor of the car part.

The list is endless for examples of negligent actions causing someone’s death. Not only can one person be found guilty, but families can sue groups of people, companies, cities, states, and even the government if they are at fault for causing another person’s death. An example of multiple persons showing neglect could be,

  • The drunk driver ran into the victim and killed them.
  • The city would not fix the potholes in the road, and the entities neglected to post warnings at the roadside.
  • The store or clerk who sells an underage person alcohol and the teen hit and killed someone because they were drunk.
  • The bartender kept serving drinks to the already impaired driver.

Indiana Laws are Complex and Complicated

Lawsuits for wrongful death situations reach far beyond just one negligent person. A wrongful death case can become quite complex and complicated. These wrongful death cases take the expertise of a seasoned lawyer to sort through.

This wrongful death attorney and his skilled staff dig their heels into each wrongful death case. They perform in-depth investigations and spend hours speaking with witnesses and anyone associated with the wrongful death circumstances. This attorney uses state-of-the-art tools to give others a clear picture and visual presentation with highly specialized computer animation.

We express to our families sincere feelings of loss and recommend that they not represent themselves in the judicial system. They will not win their case, or if they do win, the settlement is a fraction of what it should be to cover all expenses.

In the state of Indiana, there is a statute of limitations in wrongful death cases. You have two years from the date of death to file for compensation. Each wrongful death case has specific damages that are allowed or not allowed. Please consider hiring a wrongful death attorney to sort through these allocations.

A Call to Action for Justice for a Wrongful Death

Dealing with wrongful death cases is our expertise, and we look far and wide to bring together our team of investigators to assure you win a fair and just settlement. We provide unparalleled support and legal experience to our grieving families.

We hold the responsible individuals accountable for their wrong actions. Indiana laws are complicated and complex. It is for this reason that you need a seasoned and experienced wrongful death attorney.

Mr. Rife has a long and impressive history of winning wrongful death settlement cases. We want to handle your wrongful death case. Give us a call today if you have a loved one who died due to someone else’s negligence. We are here to help you close this door on negligence and find justice for your loved one.

Like it? Share with your friends!



Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Hey Butler Content is protected !!