The loss of a loved can be devastating. When the death is the result of the negligence of another person, it is even more tragic. Wrongful death is when someone is killed because of the actions of another person or a group of people. When this happens, the victim’s surviving family members may be able to bring legal action against those responsible for the wrongful death.
A Wrongful Death Action is Different from Criminal Charges
A lawsuit may be pursued for a wrongful death caused by an unintentional or intentional event. A wrongful death suit is different and separate from criminal charges. The deceased’s beneficiaries, typically the spouse and children, may receive compensation. This can be extremely important, especially if the victim was the main wage earner for a family. Damages for the loss of love, companionship and parenting are also appropriate.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death in Indiana can be caused by many types of accidents or intentional actions. These include:
• Auto Accidents
• Bicycle Accidents
• Birth Injuries
• Dog Bites
• Drunk Drivers
• Motorcycle Accidents
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Construction Accidents
• Dangerous Working Conditions
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Trucking Accidents
While damages awarded in a wrongful death case can never replace the lost loved one, they can certainly help the surviving members move forward with their lives. These can be very complex cases that require a strong advocate to handle the insurance companies.
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