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What is Wrongful Death?

South Bend Wrongful Death Lawyers – (574) 281-0142

In the state of Indiana, wrongful death is defined as the death of an individual which is a result of the wrongful act or omission of another. A wrongful death, in other words, can be caused either by the intentional actions of another party or simply by their negligence. Wrongful death cases are personal injury lawsuits in which the victim has died and is unable to represent themselves. While criminal charges may be filed by the state at another point, this type of claim is a civil lawsuit, allowing for the estate of the deceased to file for monetary civil damages.

The family of a wrongful death victim can recover damages, such as:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Cost of pursuing the lawsuit itself

Requirements for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Indiana requires wrongful death claims to be filed by a personal representative of the deceased's estate, and any damages that are awarded may be given to a spouse, children, or other dependents. There is a statute of limitations which requires that the claim be filed within two years of the date of death. If a family member has suffered death due to the negligence or harmful actions of another party, now is the time to act.

At Wruble Law Group, we understand what a difficult time it is for individuals still grieving over the loss of a loved one. Filing a lawsuit can be a complex and confusing process, and few people want to deal with more stress during an emotional period of their life. With more than 40 years of experience, our South Bend attorneys are well-equipped and experienced in assisting clients with wrongful death claims, and are here to offer you compassionate and supportive service as we guide you through the process and fight for the compensation that is owed to you.

Contact us today at (574) 281-0142 for your free consultation.

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