South Bend Wrongful Death Lawyers
What is Wrongful Death?
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 combined
experience, our South Bend personal injury 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 initial consultation.