The wrongful death of a loved one leaves you with more than unanticipated grief. It’s easy to feel unmoored in the wake of a loved one’s death. You may find yourself wondering how you’re going to support yourself or what money you’re going to use to pay for your loved one’s coming funeral.
Contending with those costs while knowing that your loved one’s death is someone else’s fault can feel monstrously unfair. Vaughan & Vaughan recognizes that. That’s why our Greenwood wrongful death lawyers offer to help you get justice for your loved one’s passing. While we can’t bring criminal charges against an offending party, we can open up a civil case against them.
A civil case can help you get the financial support you need to overcome the bills tied to your loved one’s passing. Want to learn more? Contact the personal injury lawyers in Greenwood today to set up your initial case evaluation.
Pursuing a Civil Case After a Loved One’s Passing
You cannot initiate criminal action against the party allegedly responsible for your loved one’s passing. The state can, however, and may call on you to testify. What you can do to seek justice for a loved one’s death is file a civil claim against the offending party.
Civil claims allow you to secure damages, or financial compensation, for the losses you and your loved one endured as a result of another party’s negligence. You can then use that compensation to pay post-accident bills.
That said, if you want to bring a wrongful death claim up against the party liable for your loved one’s passing, you need to present Indiana’s civil courts with evidence of that party’s wrongdoings. Fortunately, our wrongful death lawyers in Greenwood can helm an investigation on your behalf.
We can turn to our network of expert witnesses to analyze the evidence relevant to your case. In doing so, we can help you meet the state’s burden of proof and move your case forward.
Criminal Proceedings and You
While you can’t open a criminal case against the party liable for your loved one’s death, you may have to contribute to the case opened by the state. The good news is that a criminal case may benefit your civil case.
If Indiana’s criminal court finds your liable party guilty of criminal misconduct, you can bring that guilty verdict to a civil judge’s attention. That guilty verdict can serve as proof of the liable party’s negligence. You, in turn, may have an easier time securing the compensation you need to recover from your loved one’s financial losses.
When to Call a Wrongful Death Lawyer
You can call a wrongful death lawyer at any point following your loved one’s passing. Our team offers survivors like you the opportunity to schedule a free case evaluation. We can discuss your right to a case during this evaluation. Should you choose to move forward in civil court, we can begin outlining the approximate value of your case.
All that said, note that you only have two years from the day of your loved one’s passing to initiate a civil case against a liable party. Indiana outlines your deadline in Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4, the state’s personal injury statute of limitations.
Fortunately, our team understands the way grief can impact your willingness to undertake a wrongful death case. We do not force you to go into the field to investigate your loved one’s losses. You get to determine how involved with a case you are. This way, you can grieve without compromising your right to civil action.
Our wrongful death services can include the following:
Conversations With a Liable Party
We understand that you may not want to come face to face with the party liable for your loved one’s losses. While we can, under certain circumstances, negotiate for the wrongful death settlement you deserve, we can do so without traumatizing you or your family.
Vaughan & Vaughan’s Greenwood-based wrongful death lawyers can minimize your contact with the liable party, whether you pursue settlement negotiations or a traditional trial. Our team can manage all communications with said liable party, ensuring all the while that conversations remain civil, confidential, and fair.
Conversations With Relevant Insurance Providers
You may have the right to pursue compensation for a loved one’s death through a relevant insurance provider. Unfortunately, insurance providers and their claims adjusters aren’t always the most delicate or understanding. These providers can put their profits over your right to financially recover from a loved one’s passing.
The good news is that Vaughan & Vaughan’s team have interacted with insurance providers before. We can manage these conversations on your behalf and, should the need arise, argue against bad-faith misconduct. We can appeal denied insurance claims and even take a provider to court should said provider’s bad faith behavior continue to impede your recovery.
Let Vaughan & Vaughan Investigate Your Losses
No one tells you that death can be expensive. Wrongful deaths, in particular, force your family to contend with unexpected grief as well as a litany of unanticipated bills. While you can’t pursue criminal action against the responsible party, you can demand that said party help you financially recover. What’s more, you can do so with legal help.
You can contact a Greenwood wrongful death attorney today for more information about the civil process. If you choose to move forward with our representation, we can file a personal injury claim on your behalf. That claim can help you win the compensation you need to pay your and your loved one’s accident-related bills.
Let’s book your free, no-obligation case evaluation ASAP.