Losing a loved one can be a devastating ordeal. You may struggle to overcome the pain you have experienced because of this loss. Worse, you may face a difficult road ahead because someone else’s negligence caused the untimely death of your loved one. Now, you may be struggling to get compensated for the expenses of your loved one’s passing.
When this happens, you may need one of the Evansville wrongful death lawyers from Wagner Reese. Your attorney can help you recover compensation for the damages and guide you to the answers you need. Reach out for help when you are ready to file a wrongful death claim.
What Makes Wagner Reese Different?
Our distinguished team of Evansville Wrongful Death Lawyers is widely acknowledged for their exceptional caliber, garnering numerous prestigious awards and recognitions from esteemed institutions due to our assertive, dynamic, and responsive legal representation.
In the year 2020 alone, a total of eight of our adept attorneys were carefully chosen to be part of either the Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars lists—an honor reserved for a select fraction of legal practitioners nationwide. Furthermore, three of our dedicated lawyers earned notable positions in The Best Lawyers in America©, an esteemed distinction presented by the highly-regarded publication, Best Lawyers®.
Notably, our founding partners, Attorneys Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese, secured places among Indiana’s distinguished Top 25 Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers® awardees, showcasing their outstanding achievements in the legal field.
Who Is Eligible for a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death claims can be complex because the person injured in the accident cannot stand trial for themselves. Someone else will need to file a claim on their behalf in these cases, but laws prevent multiple people from simultaneously bringing cases forward. Instead, one person must file a claim on behalf of the deceased for anyone involved who may be owed compensation for the wrongful death claim.
In Indiana, families may receive compensation for their suffering, but a personal representative of the deceased person’s estate must bring the wrongful death claim to court. While that does not prevent you from getting compensated, it could mean you cannot sue.
Fortunately, your lawyer can help you determine whether you are eligible for compensation and whether you can sue for damages. If you have any questions about your grounds for a lawsuit, contact an attorney for help.
Compensation for Families After an Evansville Wrongful Death
You may be dealing with more than grief when you have lost a loved one. You may be facing devastating losses that leave you struggling to juggle your grief and the financial costs you have suffered. You may be eligible for compensation in these cases. Below are some of the damages that Evansville families may be owed:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages or earning capacity
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering
This is just a sample of the compensation we may be able to seek for our clients. If you need help calculating and pursuing your compensation, our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys are just a call or click away.
Evansville Wrongful Death FAQ
If you have lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, you may have grounds for a lawsuit that helps you overcome your losses. However, you may have more questions than answers as you prepare for a case.
An Evansville wrongful death attorney can help you prepare and ensure that all your questions are answered. The best way to get answers is to start with a free consultation, but while you wait, check out some of the general questions we have answered here so you know what to expect when you get to your personalized session with your attorney.
How long do I have to file my wrongful death claim?
When you file a wrongful death claim in Indiana, the clock starts ticking as soon as the accident happens. You only have two years from that point to file your claim. If you fail to file your wrongful death claim within two years, it may be dismissed, and you may be unable to get compensated for your suffering. Fortunately, your lawyer can help you file on time and correctly.
What if the at-fault party is also facing criminal charges?
Sometimes, your loved one may have been killed because someone was breaking the law. When this happens, the at-fault party may face a criminal trial. When this happens, your personal injury claim must wait.
However, that does not mean that you will be denied compensation. In fact, you could use evidence from the criminal trial, and you may have a chance to get compensated even if they are found not guilty because criminal trials require a high level of evidence.
Do I need a lawyer for an Evansville wrongful death case?
While a lawyer is not required to file the claim, a lawyer can make the process much easier and help you maximize your compensation. It can be challenging to juggle your grief, high expenses, and a complex legal battle. Your lawyer can handle the details, including gathering evidence and representing you in court.
How long will a wrongful death claim take?
The length of your wrongful death claim depends on the at-fault party and the nature of your claim. For example, if the at-fault party or insurer is willing to cooperate, your claim could be settled in months. However, if they choose to fight back, your claim could take years. Having a lawyer on your side means you have someone who can help you throughout this process.
I am worried about the costs of an attorney. What are my options?
Following the death of a loved one, you may already be dealing with high expenses. Because of that, you may be thinking about ways to avoid paying for a lawyer. However, a wrongful death attorney can help you save money, and those funds will not be taken from your pocket. Instead, You will pay your attorney a percentage of the compensation you win. If your claim is not a success, you owe your attorney nothing.
Seek Out an Evansville Wrongful Death Attorney
In summation, our team of accomplished Evansville Wrongful Death Lawyers stands as a testament to excellence, with a track record of earning numerous accolades and acknowledgments from prestigious bodies in recognition of our vigorous, dynamic, and responsive legal representation. Notably, in the single year of 2020, a remarkable eight of our highly skilled attorneys were handpicked to join the esteemed ranks of either the Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars lists—a distinction bestowed upon only a limited percentage of legal professionals practicing nationwide. Additionally, three of our dedicated lawyers secured placements in The Best Lawyers in America©, a distinguished honor presented by the well-regarded publication, Best Lawyers®. Of particular note, our founding partners, Attorneys Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese, emerged as part of the elite group of Indiana’s Top 25 Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers® honorees, underscoring their exceptional contributions to the legal realm.
Losing a loved one can be a devastating experience, but it does not have to be the end of the world. You may have grounds for compensation that can help you recover from the severe loss, especially if the person who passed away was the breadwinner of your household.
If you are seeking closure for your loss, contact the Evansville wrongful death lawyers at Wagner Reese. We understand how difficult it can be and are here to help. Get started with a free consultation by calling or filling out our online contact form.
Contact Our Evansville Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
At Wagner Reese, we only get paid if you get compensation for your injuries. That’s because we work solely on a contingency fee basis.
Our consultations are also free, and we will never pressure you to hire us or move forward with a claim if you don’t wish to do so.
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