A settlement in a wrongful death case is not about putting a price on a person’s life. It is about making sure the liable parties are held responsible for what they caused. It will also help the family of the deceased move on financially. This is especially true when the loss of a parent or spouse eliminates a significant amount of financial support of the family.
A wrongful death case can only be pursued by a person appointed as the personal representative of the deceased’s estate. That can be a family member or any other person the court approves to serve the role of personal representative. That person or persons have the legal authority to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent’s estate. That person does not have to be a beneficiary of the estate. The beneficiaries of the estate, should the wrongful death claim result in a positive outcome, are determined by Indiana probate law.
It is helpful to talk with an experienced wrongful death attorney to review your case and help you understand the options for pursuing a wrongful death claim. If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one and would like to explore your options and rights, please give me a call.