Indiana wrongful death cases can arise from many different types of negligent actions. For instance, a driver may cause a car or motorcycle accident in Indianapolis that takes the life of a loved one, or a manufacturer may be responsible for designing and manufacturing defective parts that led to a fatal car or motorcycle accident. In any situation where the negligence of another party cost a loved one his or her life, the family can bring a wrongful death claim against the negligent person or company.
No family is prepared for the sudden loss of a loved one. In addition to the burden of grief, the costs of hospitalization, medical treatment, and funeral and burial expenses can seem overwhelming. The loss of a loved one's companionship and contribution to the family is also devastating. Although no amount of money can restore a loved one to life, a wrongful death lawsuit can hold negligent parties accountable for their actions by requiring them to compensate those who remain for the costs associated with their sudden loss, including hospital bills, funeral expenses, and the value of the lost person's love and companionship.
The loss of a child in a wrongful death accident caused by another person's negligence creates an unimaginable kind of grief. For this reason, Indiana wrongful death law allows families who lose children to recover the costs of counseling after their loss as well as the costs of medical care and funeral expenses.
In a wrongful death claim, the family must show:
- That the death was caused by negligence, a wrongful act, or an intentional act. In some cases, such as a fatal dog attack or defective product, this step is bypassed;
- If the accident had not taken his or her life, the deceased could have filed an Indiana personal injury claim;
- At least one beneficiary or dependent has survived the death; and
- Monetary damages resulted from the death.
Unfortunately, in Indiana, grieving families have only two years to file a wrongful death claim. This means that families must move quickly to preserve evidence and ensure that negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. The assistance of an experienced and compassionate Indiana wrongful death lawyer can be invaluable during this difficult time.
Although many parties that may have contributed to a loved one's death carry insurance in case of a death, insurance companies are often reluctant to pay wrongful death claims. They may attempt to draw out any feelings of guilt you have over your request for compensation and convince you not to file a claim. An experienced Indiana wrongful death attorney can help you navigate confusing insurance claim requirements and will fight to obtain a fair settlement for you and your family from insurance companies.
Randy Sevenish, compassionate wrongful death attorney
At Sevenish Law Firm, we offer compassionate, yet aggressive representation of your Indiana wrongful death claim. We understand the difficulties you face, and we are not afraid to take on insurance companies that refuse to pay a fair settlement. Randy Sevenish will personally handle your claim and will stand with you for as long as it takes to resolve your wrongful death case and get you and your family the compensation you deserve. To discuss your Indiana wrongful death lawsuit with Sevenish Law Firm, call us toll-free today at 1-800-278-9200.