Fort Wayne Wrongful Death Lawyers You Can Trust
We can help your family demand the money you deserve after a fatal accident
The death of a loved one can be a traumatic experience. If a family member died due to someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, knowing what to do next can be confusing and overwhelming. What are your rights? What legal options exist?
Fortunately, you don’t have to face these questions on your own. We can help. Our dedicated team of trial lawyers at Glaser & Ebbs has more than 100 years of combined legal experience. We know how the legal system works in Indiana. We’re familiar with the laws governing such cases.
When you have our legal team on your side, you can take an aggressive approach. Instead of insurance companies or anyone else telling you what to do, you decide what happens next. You’re in charge. We don’t back down from tough legal cases. We fight to win.
What is a wrongful death?
Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe a personal injury accident that results in the death of someone. In general, wrongful death accidents involve someone acting in a reckless or negligent manner, which results in a person’s death. Examples of wrongful death cases can include:
- Fatal car accidents caused by a reckless driver, including speeding or texting drivers who cause head-on collisions
- Fatal truck accidents caused by a negligent truck driver, including a driver falling asleep at the wheel
- Fatal motorcycle accidents caused by drivers who don’t share the road and crash into motorcyclists
- Fatal dog attacks caused by vicious dogs owned by negligent dog owners who don’t keep their animal under control
This is just a small sample of some the wrongful death cases we handle at our law firm. Whatever type of case you are dealing with, an attorney at our firm can talk with you and explain the options available in your particular circumstances.
Who determines who’s at fault?
Police are often the first ones to investigate fatal accidents, but when it comes to determining who was at fault for causing the accident, the at-fault party’s insurance company often has the most to say. That’s because they also often have the most at stake financially. This is because Indiana has a fault-based insurance system when it comes to injury accidents. That means the at-fault party (and their insurance company) is often responsible for financially compensating the family members of someone killed in a fatal accident.
Because of this system, the insurance company for the at-fault party often does everything it can to avoid responsibility. In general, insurance companies often try to blame the person who died for causing the accident. That way, the company can avoid responsibility and not have to pay a wrongful death claim.
Scare tactics don’t intimidate us. Our legal team knows how to hold insurance companies accountable for wrongful death accidents. We know how to negotiate with them and we know which strategies can be the most effective. Most of all, we’re prepared to do the work that needs to be done to build the strongest possible legal case.
Who can sue for wrongful death?
When someone dies as a result of a fatal accident, immediate family members can often file a wrongful death lawsuit or take other legal action in Indiana. This often includes:
- Husband or wife of the person who died in the accident
- Mother or father of the accident victim
- Children of the person killed in the accident
- Siblings of the accident victim
- Other family members in certain circumstances, including grandparents
Take the guesswork out of whether you have the right to take legal action after a fatal accident. Talk to an experienced lawyer at our law firm today.
Demand justice for your case. Contact our law firm.
The clock is running after the death of someone in an accident. In Indiana, family members often only have two years from the date of the accident to file a wrongful death lawsuit or take other legal action.
It’s also important to understand that the longer you wait to take legal action, the harder it can often be to find the evidence you need to build a strong legal case. Sometimes, evidence is lost or destroyed. Other times, witnesses move away or forget what happened.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity for justice. Contact us and schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at our law firm who can stand up for your family’s rights. We can meet with you in our Fort Wayne office or one of our other Indiana locations.