Providing Compassionate Assistance for Wrongful Death Matters in Indianapolis
Dedicated team of lawyers gives you the help you need
There’s nothing worse than losing someone close to you, especially if that person died due to someone else’s negligence. When you need to take legal action against the responsible parties, call upon a wrongful death attorney in Indianapolis. Our experienced attorneys, Don Ward and Charlie Ward, of Ward & Ward Law Firm, hold individuals, businesses and organizations accountable for their actions or negligence. After a wrongful death, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Common causes of wrongful death in Indiana
If another party is responsible for the death of someone close to you, you may be able to file a lawsuit for wrongful death and seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of financial support, funeral and burial costs, and loss of companionship. In some situations, you may also seek punitive damages to help prevent the same thing from happening to someone else in the future. The following are the most common causes of wrongful death in our state:
- Auto accidents. Car crashes happen on Indiana’s roads and highways all the time, and many result in serious injury or death. Auto accidents occurring at high rates of speed or involving trucks or other large vehicles are more likely to be fatal.
- Medical malpractice. When a doctor, nurse or other medical professional makes a significant error, the consequences could be deadly for the patient. Many wrongful death claims are the result of medical malpractice.
- Nursing home neglect or abuse. Nursing home employees and doctors are held to a high standard of duty and responsibility to those entrusted to their care. When a medical caretaker or provider acts in a negligent or an abusive way that causes the death of a patient, the providers, may be held liable.
- Negligence. Property owners and product manufacturers who fail to provide safe premises and products may be liable for wrongful death if a fatal accident occurs due to negligence.
- Construction accidents. Construction sites are dangerous places, and while workers realize the hazards of their jobs, it’s the responsibility of their employers to provide a relatively safe work environment to prevent serious accidents.
Pursuing legal action after a wrongful death
According to Indiana law, spouses and dependents of the deceased may file a wrongful death lawsuit. In addition, only the personal representatives of an unmarried adult person with no dependents may take action against someone they believe caused the death. You must file a claim within two years of the incident that caused the death. A judge will determine the amount of compensation you receive unless you settle out of court. It’s important to note that the limit for damages is $300,000; even if a jury awards more, the court will likely reduce it to the maximum amount allowed under the law.
Work with a compassionate team of Indianapolis attorneys
During this difficult time, you need a lawyer who works tirelessly to get results for you and your family. Don’t hesitate to call Ward & Ward at 317-639-9501. You may also contact us online. We offer free initial consultations, and our office is conveniently located in downtown Indianapolis, just blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium.Ward & Ward Law Firm 728 S Meridian St Indianapolis, IN 46225 317-639-9501 888-639-9501