Assistance During A Difficult Time: Filing A Wrongful Death Claim
A loved one’s sudden passing can be devastating. When their death is due to the negligence of another party, you may feel especially distraught as their time was unjustly cut short. As you navigate an emotionally trying aftermath, you should know that legal options may be available.
The attorneys at Sweeney Julian offer compassionate legal counsel to South Bend individuals and their families as they file wrongful death claims. We understand the difficulties you are experiencing, and we take a caring and committed approach to helping you recover the damages necessary to grieve in peace.
Are You Eligible To File A Claim?
In the state of Indiana, only a representative of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death claim. A multitude of family members, however, are eligible to recover damages from a suit. This can include surviving parents, children, spouses and other dependents. Like personal injury suits, there is a statute of limitations on wrongful death claims, and they must be filed within two years of the date of death.
Recovering Damages For An Array Of Expenses
A sudden death can mean several significant expenses. By filing a wrongful death claim, you can offset these costs and focus on more important matters. Some of the damages that you can recover include:
- Medical bills: The deceased’s medical expenses may have been considerable, leaving you with an unforeseen financial burden.
- Funeral costs: Funeral arrangements are often costly – you can recover damages to defray these expenses.
- Lost wages: If the deceased was your family’s primary earner, a wrongful death claim could allow you to recover lost wages.
- The cost of your claim: In certain instances, damages can cover the cost of your attorney’s fees.
An effective wrongful death claim is one that establishes the commission of a wrongful act. Nursing home abuse or neglect, medical malpractice and car accidents are just some examples of potentially negligent acts. A seasoned attorney, such as one of ours at Sweeney Julian, can assess your case and advise you of your best path going forward.