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What is wrongful death?

The idea behind a wrongful death lawsuit is that the wrongful death, in addition to taking the life of the person who died, also brought devastation to the people who depended on that individual for financial and/or emotional support. The wrongful act might be:

  • A negligent or careless act (e.g., careless driving)
  • A reckless act
  • An intentional act such as deliberate murder

Indiana has a statute permitting a lawsuit to be brought by the decedent’s relatives in the event of a death caused by a wrongful act.