Because you're here, it's likely that you've lost a loved one as a result of someone's negligence or wrongful action. Being a "survivor" can carry with it a large amount of responsibility. In addition to providing your family with needed support during this difficult time, you'll probably ask yourself whether or not a wrongful death lawsuit should be filed.
Why File an Indianapolis Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In most instances, there are two main reasons to contact an experienced Indianapolis wrongful death lawyer:
1) To seek compensation on behalf of family members who have suffered psychologically and financially as a result of a loved one's death.
2) Hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and help to ensure a similar incident isn't repeated.
Keller & Keller has handled wrongful death lawsuits since 1936. In fact, our founder George Keller was instrumental in changing wrongful death laws throughout much of the country. Our experience has taught us that there is no greater responsibility than handling one of these cases on behalf of a client. When you hire an Indianapolis wrongful death attorney from our firm, we work to ensure that you and your family members are treated with professionalism, sensitivity, and respect.
Indiana Wrongful Death Statute and Law
Indiana's Wrongful Death Act (Wrongful Death Act, I.C. 34-23-1-1) specifically defines what actions/omissions constitute a wrongful death case in our state.
“Pursuant to the Wrongful Death Act, an estate in the name of the party that died as a result of the wrongful act of another must be filed within is specific time period.”
If you don’t file your claim within that specific time period, you risk losing your right to be compensated. (The best way to determine the statue of limitations for your potential claim is to speak with an attorney from our office.)
Under Indiana law, the types of compensation that may be recovered from a wrongful death lawsuit depend upon whether the decedent is (1) an adult with a spouse or dependents; (2) an unmarried adult without dependents; or (3) a minor child.
Types of Wrongful Death Compensation
Our attorneys are skilled courtroom advocates trained to recognize and defeat the tactics used be the insurance company in an attempt to limit the compensation they owe you and your family. Our experience in this area of law has taught us how to effectively counter arguments with carefully planned responses that are designed to protect your case.
Our goal is to help you obtain the maximum compensation possible. Depending on the circumstances of your case, and whether or not the decedent has a spouse, children or other family that financially depended on them, we will look to recover for the following types of damages:
- Loss of love, affection and companionship
- Medical and/or hospital bills
- Funeral costs
- Mental anguish
- Loss of future earnings
- All applicable lost benefits to survivors because of the victim’s death
Without proper legal guidance to help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, you risk losing the opportunity to recover various types of compensation that ensures you and your family a secure future.
Death of a Child
The rules that govern the accidental death of a child in Indiana are covered by I.C. 34-23-2-1. It's common to assume that a child is anyone under the age of 18, however, Indiana's child wrongful death statute defines a child as an “unmarried individual without dependents who is less than 20 years of age or 23 if enrolled in an institution of higher learning or a vocational school.”
Indiana’s Wrongful Death Act allows parents to recover economic damages for the loss of the child’s services, the medical and funeral expenses for the deceased, and the cost of counseling for the surviving parents or minor siblings. The non-economic damages that may be recovered are damages for the lost love and companionship that the child could have provided to his parents until the end of the last surviving parent’s life.
Talk to an Indianapolis Wrongful Death Attorney
Indiana wrongful death cases can be especially complex and require large amounts of evidence. The longer you wait to speak with one of our attorneys, the more difficult it can be to win your case.
We work and handle wrongful death accident cases throughout the entire state of Indiana. Additionally, we offer a Zero Fee Guarantee to clients who are pursuing a case on behalf of a loved one. This means that you'll never be charged a consultation fee and the only way we receive payment for our legal services is if your wrongful death case is won.
You can speak to one of our attorneys right now by dialing 1-800-253-5537, or you can write to us by filling out our free contact form. There is no reason to hesitate, let us start working for you today.