Wrongful death claims are somewhat self-descriptive. These claims can occur when a person is killed due to the negligent or intentional acts, abuse or misconduct of an individual, company or entity. These acts can vary in circumstance and facts, and may include reckless or careless driving, assault and/or battery, a death in the course of crime, drunk driving , vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter, murder, or medical negligence or abuse. If a victim is wrongfully killed as a result of such acts, their family, dependents or loved ones may have a basis for a lawsuit against the party or parties who caused the death and/or committed or contributed to the effect of the incident causing death.
Under Indiana’s and Illinois’ Wrongful Death Acts, a child is entitled to compensation for the loss of a parent, as well as the amount of financial support the child would have received from the deceased parent throughout their age of minority. Likewise, a spouse may recover damages for loss of his or her spouse’s love and companionship and a lifetime of expected support. Wrongful Death claims follow a very specific body of statutes that must be carefully followed to effect compensation.
Please contact a Indianan Wrongful Death Attorney for a FREE consultation so that we can discuss and review your case in greater detail.