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An Attorney Fighting For Justice And Compensation After A Wrongful Death

The Law Offices of Richard D. Trainor aggressively advocates for accident victims and their families. When you have lost a family member under preventable circumstances, insurance payouts may not be enough to cover all costs and to help you move forward. Attorney Richard Trainor will fight to ensure that your family has the resources it needs to begin the healing process and that all negligent parties face legal accountability.

How Did You Lose Your Loved One?

Attorney Trainor is ready to help you seek justice if you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or intentional acts. Examples include:

  •  Car accidents (including drunk driving, distracted driving, etc.)
  • Truck accidents
  •  Motorcycle crashes
  •  Pedestrian and bicyclist accidents
  • Fatal accidents on dangerous property (premises liability)
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect

Compared to other types of motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents are especially likely to be fatal due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved. They also involve professional commercial drivers, who should be held to a higher standard of safety behind the wheel.

Comparing Wrongful Death And Personal Injury

Wrongful death cases have very similar causes to personal injury cases. The difference is in the degree of harm to the victim. When a victim is injured by the negligence or intentional acts of another person, they can file a personal injury lawsuit on their own behalf. If the injuries result in death, however, an approved representative of the victim can file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.

If the incident that resulted in death was a crime (such as being struck and killed by a drunk driver), the defendant can face both criminal charges and a wrongful death lawsuit. There is no need to choose one or the other.

The Financial Costs Of Losing A Loved One

When someone is seriously injured in an accident but survives, they can seek compensation for things like medical bills, property damage and lost work time. In a wrongful death case, plaintiffs can seek compensation for all of the above, plus the additional harms that accompany the death of a loved one. These include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  •  Loss of companionship
  • Loss of household income (if the victim was an adult and a wage earner for a household)

It is very common for families to struggle financially as well as emotionally after losing someone. For this and many other reasons, wrongful death litigation can be an important way for the victim’s loved ones to find stability and a path to moving forward.

Discuss Your Legal Needs With An Attorney Who Listens And Cares

The Law Offices of Richard D. Trainor is based in Michigan City and serves clients throughout Northwest Indiana. To discuss your rights and legal options after the untimely death of someone you love, call the firm at 219-872-2040 or fill out an online contact form.