Wrongful deaths are devastating and heartbreaking news, especially if you’ve lost a loved one through negligence or a preventable accident. Family members who have lost a loved one under these circumstances can file a wrongful death suit, but before you do, here’s what you need to know: 

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What is a Wrongful Death Suit? 

A wrongful death suit is a personal injury claim that allows those close to the deceased loved one to file a lawsuit against the party who is liable. It provides compensation to help support family members who were dependent upon the person who has passed.  

A wrongful death could be caused by many factors including: 

In Indiana, this includes accidents due to negligence such as car accidents and medical malpractices, as well as intentional acts like assault or murder. 

How to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit 

The laws vary from state to state. In Indiana, immediate family members, spouses, children, siblings, and parents (all must be adults), are allowed to file a suit for the wrongful death of a loved one. In Indiana, family members have two years from the date of the death to file a wrongful death suit claim, which means that a family should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure a lawsuit is filed before time runs out.  

To file a wrongful death suit, you must show that: 

  • The death of the person was caused by negligence or a wrongful act 
  • There are surviving beneficiaries–children, spouses, or dependents of the victim 
  • There are monetary damages that have resulted from the death 

Types of compensation that can be claimed: 

  • Funeral and/or cremation expenses 
  • Medical expenses 
  • Loss of income, benefits, and financial support 
  • Pain, suffering, and mental health of survivors  
  • Loss of affection, parental guidance, companionship, and care 

Foley & Small, Your Attorneys Ready to Help 

If your loved one was a victim of wrongful death, our attorneys have experience with wrongful death suits. With our expertise, we can help you and your family determine if you should file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact the attorneys at Foley & Small; we will help you!

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