Many people mistakenly believe that a wrongful death lawsuit is only an option after someone dies in a vehicle crash. Auto accidents are a top reason the bereaved pursue a claim. However, events and situations that lead to a wrongful death vary widely.
According to the law, an Indiana wrongful death involves recklessness, negligence or intentional misconduct executed by one or more parties. Below, you will find three example scenarios that typically qualify for an Indianapolis wrongful death lawsuit.
Reminder. Only the personal representative of the decedent’s estate may file a claim (on behalf of family members).
When medical carelessness or negligence leads to the death of a loved one, you can pursue a wrongful death suit or a medical malpractice claim. You may benefit from seeking guidance in choosing the option that best meets your needs.
When someone dies because of criminal activity, bereaved family members can hold the party to account in a civil court. For example, your loved one is shot at the corner store during a robbery and does not survive. Even if the person is facing charges, you still have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
When a negligently hazardous property condition causes the death of a person, surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death claim. For example, if your spouse stayed at a hotel that caught fire due to negligent maintenance, this may qualify for a wrongful death claim.
The list above is by no means exhaustive, but it can help you determine if you have a foundation upon which to build a claim. Learning more about your legal options is also wise. Taking this step ensures you find a suitable solution for your loss while holding those responsible to account.