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Evansville Wrongful Death Lawyers

The loss of a loved one leaves surviving family members to cope with deep emotional pain, unexpected expenses, and financial instability. When the negligent actions of another person, company, or institution cost your loved one their life, you may be able to take action. By filing a wrongful death claim against those responsible, you can recover compensation to offset a portion of what your family has lost.

Wrongful death claims are complicated and sensitive legal matters, which is why you need to hire an experienced lawyer to fight for your family. Death, in any capacity, takes a tremendous toll on the entire family. Whether you are left making funeral arrangements or scrambling to find supplementary income, you don’t need to put your extra energy toward your legal matters. A skilled lawyer will work closely with you, look at the details of your family’s situation and figure out the best path forward.

The lawyers at Chapman Injury Lawyers understand that even the best legal outcome from a wrongful death claim won’t bring your loved one back. However, we have witnessed the significant ways in which a fair wrongful death settlement has helped grieving families heal and move forward. Our team prioritizes service and communication; we know you need someone to listen to you just as much as you need someone to fight for you. For a free case evaluation, give us a call at (812) 461-6261 today.

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One of my friends is a man who spent his career as a doctor at a university helping young people start their lives and marriages with great health. His wife had gone to help their son move back home, and their son was driving and they were involved in a tragic accident where his wife died. There’s nothing that can fill that hole and no amount of money can make things right, but it was comforting to the family when we were able to get them a check for $100,000 during this difficult grieving period. We were able to get him the settlement without suing his son.

Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer?

Wrongful death claims often intersect with other areas of injury law such as medical malpractice, workplace accidents, and product liability. For this reason, in addition to knowledge of wrongful death claims, your case will require legal experience with a range of other civil matters. From general advice to negotiating on your family’s behalf, a wrongful death lawyer will act as critical support for you.

To determine fault in a wrongful death case, a seasoned injury lawyer will launch a comprehensive investigation into the events leading to the death of your loved one. While some cases are more straightforward with an obvious at-fault party, other situations may involve multiple responsible parties. Your lawyer will comb through the intricacies of your case to uncover all possible at-fault parties. Identifying each entity that played a role in your loved one’s death is crucial because each liable party should be made to pay the damage that they have caused.

Your lawyer will also calculate damages. The death of a loved one forces surviving family members to confront a variety of harsh realities, one of which is financial instability. During the grieving process, even attempting to assign a monetary value to the price of losing your loved one can seem unimaginable. Your lawyer will do the legwork for you. By looking at all of the expenses you’ve incurred and are projected to incur, a wrongful death injury lawyer will give you an understanding of the value of your claim. It’s important to know that both financial and non-financial factors are considered in this evaluation. Sure, you may have lost a vital source of income, but you’ve also lost companionship and important emotional support. Your settlement should be an accurate reflection of these factors as well.



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Wrongful Death

Our attorneys and staff are here to discuss your rights during this difficult time.

Why Hire Chapman Injury Lawyers to Handle my Claim?

Above all, when you are searching for the right lawyer to handle your case, you need someone you can trust. The lawyers at Chapman Injury Lawyers understand the far-reaching impact that a death in the family can have on the rest of your life. When you decide to hire us, we treat you like family. In the days, months, even years following a loss may leave you feeling devastated and angry. We’ve worked with people along the spectrum of grief. Honoring your unique situation, remaining available and transparent, and always keeping your needs in mind are all central to our mission.

Wrongful death claims allow you to take the legal action that your loved one no longer can. When you choose us, we put the full force of our legal knowledge and experience to work for you. In addition to successfully negotiating wrongful death claims, we have also fought and won a wide variety of injury cases. Since wrongful death matters dovetail with other elements of injury law, we can evaluate your situation and apply the legal knowledge we have.

Excellent legal service shouldn’t be inaccessible when you are in a financially strained position. At Chapman Injury Lawyers we work on a no recovery–no fee basis. Unless we secure a favorable outcome for you and your family, you don’t pay us. We also offer free case evaluations. If you are considering filing but aren’t sure if it is the right thing to do, give us a call. We won’t try to sell you on taking unnecessary legal action, we will assess your options and give you an honest recommendation free of charge.

Wrongful Death Cases We Handle

Wrongful death claims can be brought when the negligence or intentional act of a person or entity result in the loss of someone’s life. Negligence is generally defined as the failure to act as a reasonable person would act. The statute of limitation, or window of time that a claim can be brought, varies by state.

Additionally, the amount and type of damages that can be recovered are also dependent on the state in which the claim is filed. The best way to protect yourself and your family following the death of a loved one is to speak to a qualified wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.

The following scenarios may qualify as wrongful death claims:

  • Car Accidents – Fatal motor vehicle collisions are easily caused by drunk driving, distracted driving, or other reckless or negligent behaviors.
  • Workplace Accidents – The workplace can pose a threat to employees when appropriate hiring, training, and supervision measures aren’t made.
  • Medical Malpractice – Surgical errors, failure to properly diagnose a condition, and other issues can cost patients their lives.
  • Unsafe Premises – When property owners fail to secure their property, repair damaged features, or provide the required supervision, all guests are put in harm’s way.
  • Dangerous Products – Those responsible for developing, manufacturing, and distributing consumer products like vehicles, pharmaceuticals, toys, tools, and any other products could be held accountable when their use is fatal.
  • Assault – Wrongful death claims are legally a civil matter, but they can be filed against people who have carried out criminal actions such as assault.

Damages in a wrongful death claim can fall under three different categories: financial damages, non-financial damages, and punitive damages. Financial damages are meant to cover expenses related to incurred medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income, lost benefits, lost inheritance, and the projected value that your loved one would have provided had they survived their injuries.

In addition to financial damages, non-financial damages are meant to offset the emotional expense that surviving family members or loved one’s experience. These damages account for many factors, including loss of companionship, loss of advice, loss of care, loss of love, and loss of consortium.

Lastly, punitive damages apply to extremely serious cases. When the at-fault party has engaged particularly egregious behavior, punitive damages act as means of punishment to the at-fault party.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the wake of a loved one’s death, we are ready to help you take action. When you’re looking for the right lawyer, we know you have questions. Read over our frequently asked questions and reach out to us at (812) 461-6261 for a free consultation.

What Are Survival Actions?

Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover damages relating to the injury and expense incurred by your loved one from the moment of their injury to the moment of their death. These are called survival actions. If your loved one ultimately died from their injuries but first incurred exorbitant expenses and experienced intense suffering, these factors may be considered in your settlement.

How are Wrongful Death Claims Proven?

You may be familiar with the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This applies to criminal cases, but not civil matters like wrongful death claims. It must be shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the at-fault party’s actions ultimately led to another person’s death. By investigating circumstances surrounding your loved one’s passing, a skilled lawyer will aim to meet this standard.

What Are Real Parties of Interest?

“Real parties of interest” is the term applied to the surviving parties who can bring a wrongful death claim. The parties allowed to file a wrongful death claim vary from state to state but generally include a surviving spouse, dependents, children, life partners, siblings, or parents.

A Wrongful Death Lawyer Will Fight For You

Our attorneys and staff at Chapman Injury Lawyers are here to discuss your rights during this difficult time. With matters this serious, you need to be intentional about who you trust with your case. We are ready to stand with you and support you.

If you feel that a loved one has died due to someone else’s misconduct or negligence, call us today at (812) 461-6261 and we can have a free confidential discussion about your case so we can look into what your options might be.

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