While the death of a loved one is difficult under any circumstances, the loss may be made all the more devastating if it comes about as the result of someone else’s negligence. Despite the emotional upheaval and duress a family may suffer, a wrongful death suit filed in an Indiana civil court may be appropriate. A successfully navigated claim may provide a means of dealing with the economic losses sustained by holding a tortfeasor financially accountable.
There are a number of situations that may justify a wrongful death suit. In addition to fatal car accidents, slip and fall accidents that result in death may also be grounds for a civil claim for damages. A dangerous product, such as a toy that causes a victim to choke, may also fit the criteria necessary to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court.
The process of pursuing this kind of litigation may provide some sense of closure to surviving families. It may also result in financial redress for monetary damages sustained, which may help pay for outstanding medical bills, funeral and burial expenses. Other applicable damages may relate to the loss of the victim’s income and/or companionship.
While a wrongful death claim may not be the first priority following the death of a loved one, it may be a necessary step in order to avoid financial ruin for innocent families. Lingering financial issues may compound the emotional losses suffered. Our firm has more information about wrongful death claims in Indiana and what steps may be necessary and appropriate to seek accountability from those responsible for the death of a loved one.