Posted: December 26, 2016

A fatal accident can take the life of a loved one unexpectedly, creating tremendous emotional loss and leaving the family without financial support. When death occurs as the result of another person's negligence or wrongdoing, you have the right to pursue a wrongful death action. Wrongful death statutes vary from state to state. The party who can pursue compensation, and the damages that can be recovered, depend on state laws. Gardner & Rans P.C. can assist in evaluating your particular situation, and help determine what rights you or your family may have in pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit under Indiana law.

Under Indiana's wrongful death statutes, if someone else causes the death of a loved one as the result of a wrongful act or omission, you have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Potentially recoverable damages include:

  • Medical and hospital expenses;
  • Funeral and burial expenses;
  • Lost earnings of the person who died;
  • Reasonable costs of administering the estate; and
  • Loss of the person's love and companionship

The damages a person can recover also will depend on one's relationship to the deceased family member. Surviving family members who can file a wrongful death claim usually include spouses and children, sometimes dependents such as parents or other next of kin, and potentially minor children supported by the person who died. Gardner & Rans P.C. can determine the responsible and liable parties, and pursue a claim on behalf of your family.

Gardner & Rans P.C. handles all types of injury cases, including wrongful death claims. We offer a free consultation to discuss your loss and potential legal action. Please do not hesitate to contact our office today at 574-233-6035.

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