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Important factors of a wrongful death case

When you lose a loved one, it can be very hard, both emotionally and financially. If the loss is due to the negligible acts of someone else, you and your loved ones may benefit from a wrongful death case.

In order to win your case, it is critical you understand and implement the process properly. There are a few important factors to know about a wrongful death case.

Beneficiaries

There are a few different groups of people who may be beneficiaries of an individual's wrongful death case. These individuals connect to the deceased in a few different ways, such as:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Siblings

In certain cases, other individuals may benefit from the claim as well. In many cases, this is possible when the individual was financially dependent upon the deceased.

Determining factors

The Indiana General Assembly denotes what constitutes a wrongful death in title 34 article 23. In short, a case is possible if the individual's passing occurred due to the wrongful or negligent acts of another person, business or entity. This can occur from a variety of injuries as well as illnesses.

Types of damages

There are several types of damages that individuals may claim. Some of the most common damages include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral or burial expenses
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of parental guidance

These are just a few of the possible damages that individuals may claim. The claimant can submit several different types of damages, but depending upon who the claimant is, certain caps may apply.

Though money will not bring your loved one back, it can help to alleviate the stress and financial burden of the loss. It is important that you be able to evaluate your options and what all is available to you. Take time to review the laws, and consider speaking with a knowledgeable professional so that you may receive the best restitution possible.

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