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What Constitutes a Wrongful Death and Who May File A Claim?

Steve Wagner

When a person or entity, causes the death of another person, either intentionally or by negligence, that party can be held responsible for the losses and damage caused due to the death of the person. The death may be caused due to many things, such as unsafe working conditions, car accidents, medical misdiagnosis, etc. The claim is usually brought forward by close relatives of the deceased, and personal injury lawyers can help you to get the compensation that you deserve in cases like these.

Who may sue?
In all states, the surviving spouse or children may file the lawsuit, while in some states, even family, such as grandparents and siblings – can also file.

Who may be sued?
An individual, company, organization or institution can be sued for wrongful death. During this lawsuit, the personal injury attorneys should prove that the death of your loved one was caused by the actions or negligence of the individual, organization, company or institution.

Damages that can be claimed:

  1. Medical Bills / Funeral Expenses
  2. Compensation for lost future wages
  3. Compensation for the pain and suffering endured by the surviving family
  4. Any other monetary loss suffered
  5. Punitive damages to the defendant

Some examples of wrongful death injuries that are frequently filed for:

  • Civil rights violations
  • Construction site accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Defective equipment
  • Assisted living & nursing home neglect
  • Infant brain injuries
  • Medical malpractice

If you have lost a loved one due to carelessness, recklessness or negligence, contact our Indianapolis wrongful death attorneys for a free consultation. We will work hard to get compensation for the pain, suffering and monetary losses you have suffered as a result of the wrongful death of your loved one.


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