Indianapolis Wrongful Death Attorney
The death of a family member or loved one is an extremely painful process—especially if the death was the sudden and unexpected result of negligence on the part of another individual. When someone is killed in an automobile accident, a wrongful death lawsuit can prove that negligence (or liability in general) on the part of the defendant was the cause of death, entitling the victim’s survivors or beneficiaries to monetary compensation for their loss.
While nothing can truly replace a loved one, the wrongful death lawyers of the Hankey Law Office can help you work through this difficult time.
Filing a Wrongful Death Suit
A wrongful death claim differs from a typical negligence lawsuit because most negligence lawsuits are filed by the victim themselves, and in a wrongful death case, the deceased is unable to sue for damages they personally sustained. As such, most states have passed “wrongful death statutes” to ensure that people who have experienced monetary losses due to the untimely death of a family member or loved one have a way to receive compensation for this loss.
Seeking Justice for Your Loved One’s Death
The car accident attorneys at the Hankey Law Office can help you understand what specific wrongful death statutes are applicable in your specific situation, as they can vary from state to state. However, nearly all of them follow the same guidelines, and contain some form of the following principles:
- The defendant is responsible, in whole or in part, for the death of the deceased individual
- The defendant was “negligent or strictly liable for the victim’s death”
- The deceased individual has a surviving spouse, children, or other beneficiary
- The victim’s survivor(s) experienced monetary damages because of the victim’s death.
If you or someone you know has experienced loss from the wrongful death of a loved one, contact the Indianapolis wrongful death attorneys at the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633 to schedule a consultation.