Pursuing a wrongful death claim: Move quickly

The devastation you feel at the loss of a loved one may make it hard for you and other family members to move on or to function for a while. You may need time to heal and to focus on providing care for those that your loved one left behind.

After you lose someone suddenly, you’re not likely to immediately worry about a lawsuit. However, the compensation you could receive in a lawsuit could be of assistance to you, especially if you wish to seek compensation for your loved one’s death. It’s common to file these claims after a death caused by the negligence or irresponsibility of another person. They are also common following violent acts where a person was killed.

If you want to file a lawsuit, you need to have a direct relationship with the decedent. For instance, you may need to be a relative, child, surviving spouse or sibling of the person who passed. In some cases, friends or colleagues might have a situation in which they’d qualify to make a case, but it’s unlikely.

Keep in mind that you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit after a person’s death. In Indiana, you typically have only two years from the date of the person’s death to file a lawsuit. After that, you’ll give up your right to pursue a claim.

Our site has more on what to do if you lose a loved one in an accident. You may be able to file a claim and obtain compensation to help you cover your losses in this trying time.

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