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Protecting the Rights of Survivors

Wrongful DeathAt the Goebel Law Office, we take every measure necessary to protect the legal rights of surviving families of victims of wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one due to another's negligence, we are committed to recover all damages and expenses to which you and your family are entitled under the law. What is "Wrongful Death"? Simply stated, Wrongful Death is when your parent or spouse or child dies as a result of the negligence, recklessness or intentional conduct of another person, business entity or institution. Generally speaking, to recover for Wrongful Death, you must be able to show.

  • The wrongful act or omission of another, and
  • The wrongful act or negligence was the cause of another person's death.

Who may bring an action for Wrongful Death? Under the Indiana Wrongful Death Act, when death is caused by the wrongful act or omission of another, the cause of action or lawsuit must be brought by the personal representative appointed by a Court. What damages may be recovered? The Indiana Wrongful Death Act now contains no limit to the amount that may be recovered as damages. The amount is determined by a jury. Unlike a personal injury claim, where damages for pain and suffering are recoverable, in a Wrongful Death action the law permits the recovery of only specific types of damages. For example, the Indiana Wrongful Death Act allows dependent next of kin to recover damages for:

  • Loss of acts of love, care and affection
  • Support and maintenance
  • Parental training and guidance

The law also permits the recovery of "pecuniary losses," such as:

  • Lost earnings of the deceased person
  • Reasonable medical and hospital expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses

Deadline for bringing your claim. Time is of the essence and you should not delay before seeking legal advice because there are different deadlines in Indiana and Kentucky for filing a Wrongful Death cause of action.

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