Whether death is caused by a work accident, hospital negligence, a motor vehicle accident, or another type of tragedy, it leaves emptiness and broken families. The wrongful death of a loved one not only leaves us without the company and presence of that person, but it also often leaves families in a financial bind, without income, and with hospital expenses or steep funeral costs.
No one wants to have to speak with an attorney, especially during a time of great loss and suffering. At Wagner Reese, we believe that justice is served when everyday Hoosiers hold reckless and negligent individuals or corporations accountable for their wrongdoing.
We invite you to reach out to our Indianapolis-based wrongful death attorneys for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (888) 204-8440 or contact us online to get started.
What Is a “Wrongful Death?”
In legal terms, a wrongful death occurs any time an individual is killed as a result of negligence or the careless, reckless, or intentional actions of another person or entity. In other words, if death was preventable, it is likely considered “wrongful.”
Wrongful death can occur due to countless factors. At Wagner Reese, we assist clients who have lost loved ones due to:
- Car, truck, motorcycle, and other types of vehicle accidents
- Medical malpractice and/or negligence
- Dangerous conditions and premises liability accidents
- Defective products, including faulty medical devices and dangerous drugs
- Workplace and work-related accidents, including construction accidents
- Daycare incidents and other accidents involving children
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Birth injuries, including injuries to both the child and the mother
These are some of the most devastating and complex cases we handle. Our Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers understand what you have been through and are here to help you navigate the legal process. We work tirelessly to secure the full, fair recovery you and your family are owed.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Indiana?
When a person is wrongfully killed, certain surviving family members and other individuals are entitled to take legal action against the negligent party/parties. State law governs who may and may not bring a wrongful death claim.
In Indiana, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate must technically file a wrongful death claim. Damages, however, may be collected by the following individuals:
- The surviving spouse of the deceased
- Any surviving children of the deceased, including adoptive children
- The surviving parent/parents of a deceased child (both must file if the child was a minor)
The above-mentioned individuals are considered beneficiaries of the estate and, if the claim is successful, compensation will be split amongst the surviving members in a manner decided by the court.
The process of bringing a wrongful death claim in Indiana is often very complex, with specific requirements governing how claims must be filed and how compensation can be recovered. It is important that you speak with an experienced attorney about your legal rights and options.
Contact Wagner Reese for a Free Consultation
With more than 150+ years of combined legal experience, our wrongful death attorneys in Indianapolis understand the intricacies involved in this area of law. We offer a compassionate, personalized, and client-focused approach, along with results-driven strategies that have helped us successfully recover millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Our firm provides free initial consultations, as well as Spanish-speaking services, and we can meet with you at your home or in the hospital if you are unable to make it to our office. We offer all of our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay unless we win your case.
For more information, or to find out how Wagner Reese can help you with your wrongful death claim, please contact us online or by phone at (888) 204-8440.