Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Brownsburg and Hendricks County, Isaacs & Isaacs
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to somebody’s negligence or wrongful act, Isaacs & Isaacs will help you to obtain justice and hold wrongdoers accountable for your loss. If you suspect wrongdoing caused your loved one’s death, but you don’t know where to turn to get answers, our experienced, compassionate wrongful death lawyers can help. Call 800-800-8888 for a no-obligation consultation with one of our wrongful death lawyers. We are standing by to assist you now.
Last spring, two people died and another person suffered serious injury in a fatal accident at the intersection of Tudor Road and 350 West. One of the officers who responded said that alcohol may have been a factor in this crash. In another tragic accident, a young motorcycle rider was killed in a hit-and-run with a white SUV. The driver of the SUV is still being sought by police. Both of these accidents could have been avoided.
When somebody’s negligent or criminal behavior causes an accident that kills your loved one, your grief may be compounded by anger, frustration and an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness. An Isaacs & Isaacs wrongful death attorney could help you to understand what you can do to hold wrongdoers accountable to the extent the law allows.Though nothing can bring your family member back, by holding the responsible party fully accountable for their behavior, you could help to discourage others from causing future tragedies. In doing so, you might save another family from going through the emotional and financial nightmare you are currently experiencing.
Indiana Wrongful Death Law Can Help You Recover Financially
Indiana provides a way for families to recover the financial losses a wrongful death commonly causes. The legal theory behind the Indiana wrongful death statute is to recover damages in a personal injury claim where the plaintiff has died from the injuries inflicted by the wrongful omission or wrongful act of another. Had the injured party survived, that person could have filed a lawsuit to recover damages.
When the injuries result in a wrongful death, the lawsuit must be filed by a personal representative of the deceased’s estate. If the decedent is a minor child, the parents must file the wrongful death lawsuit. If the parents are divorced, the custodial parent must file the suit. If parents are deceased or have lost parental rights, the child’s guardian is responsible for filing the claim.
After the lawsuit is settled or an Indiana jury awards damages, the money is disbursed to the surviving spouse and/or other family members. If there is more than one dependent, the court disburses damages according to the law.
What Situations Could Lead to a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
There are many different legal situations where somebody had a duty to act responsibly towards other people and breached that duty of care. Virtually any situation where an individual has been injured or killed by the negligence or wrongful act of another could lead to a civil lawsuit. When a person or an entity such as a big company is so negligent that their wrongdoing kills somebody, the legal remedy is filing a wrongful death suit. If the harmful behavior was also criminal, a separate criminal case may be filed by the district attorney. In some cases, evidence of criminal conduct was uncovered in a civil lawsuit investigation, which led to criminal charges being filed against the defendant in a separate criminal court case.
Tragedies that have led to wrongful death lawsuits include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Bad drugs
- Defective medical devices
- Nursing home neglect
The above are only a few situations that have led to wrongful death lawsuits. There are many situations where we owe each other a duty of care. The duty owed depends on the relationship with the injured party. For instance, a medical provider owes a higher duty of care to patients. Manufacturers are strictly liable for harmful products, even when no negligence occurred. If you are not sure whether your loved one’s death is cause to file a wrongful death claim, you should speak to an experienced attorney.
What Damages Could Our Family Recover Through a Wrongful Death Settlement?
Indiana allows recovery of:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial cost
- Lost wages and future benefits
- Loss of household services
- Loss of love, care, guidance and companionship of a parent or spouse
- Loss of the love and companionship of a child
- Cost of counseling
- Reasonable cost of lawsuit
The above may not be all-inclusive. An experienced and compassionate Isaacs & Isaacs wrongful death attorney would know what damages your family is eligible to recover. We understand that no amount of money can fill the void your family member’s absence has left in your life. However, recovering the financial damages you’ve suffered could allow you to move forward, and rebuild in the very best way possible under the circumstances.
We believe that when a person or company is allowed to get away with behavior that is so careless that it kills a valued member of our community the negligent party needs to be held legally accountable. If people are not held accountable for their hurtful or careless actions, none of our families are safe.
Indiana Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
Indiana law allows two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit for wrongful death in most cases. This legal time limit is called a statute of limitations. For medical malpractice, the time limit is two years from the date of the harm done.
It is common for wrongdoers, such as big companies and medical providers, to alter records and perform other actions to cover up negligence that harmed or killed somebody in order to avoid liability. Because of this, it is a good idea to contact an Isaacs & Isaacs wrongful death attorney as soon as you possibly can. The sooner you contact an attorney, the faster your attorney can get to work investigating your loved one’s death to build a strong case. Most civil lawsuits are settled before trial. The stronger your case is, the more likely the liable party will be to offer a fair settlement to adequately cover your damages.
Isaacs & Isaacs Will Fight to Obtain Justice for You and Your Family
Isaacs & Isaacs compassionate yet aggressive wrongful death lawyers believe in holding wrongdoers accountable for the harm and suffering they cause others. We will demand every penny of compensation owed to you. If necessary, we will bring your case to court to recover your fair and just compensation.
Because time is crucial to investigating and filing your case, we remain available around-the-clock to respond to your legal emergency. If you are not sure whether you should file a lawsuit, we will listen to your situation and answer your questions. Call 800-800-8888 or fill out our form for a no-obligation consultation with one of our dedicated and sympathetic wrongful death lawyers. We are here to help your family through this crisis in the best way possible.