If you have lost a loved one in a serious accident or as a result of a work injury or construction accident, please accept our sincere condolences. We have seen how unforeseen losses devastate families firsthand, and we sympathize with you in your time of loss. As personal injury and wrongful death lawyers in Indianapolis, IN, we are well qualified to help surviving family members recover just compensation after an accidental death in the family. At Golitko & Daly, we provide maximum support so you can be with your family during this difficult time. Call our office to schedule a no-cost consultation with one of our attorneys. We are here to advise and assist you. No further obligation is required.
Wrongful Death Explained
Wrongful deaths are fatalities that occur due to the actions (or inactions) of another party. This party may have acted negligently or with the intent to cause harm, resulting in the victim’s death. Generally, immediate family members, such as a spouse, parent, or child can file a wrongful death claim for the losses they have suffered as a result of their loved one’s death. In some cases, survivors can file a wrongful death claim when criminal action has either failed or is not an available option.
Wrongful deaths are fatalities that occur due to the actions (or inactions) of another party.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Death can occur under a variety of different circumstances. In some cases an accident may immediately be fatal. In others, the victim my die later as a result of his or her injuries. Below are some of the most common causes of wrongful death.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: These accidents can be deadly, especially when alcohol or drugs are involved. Accidents involving large commercial trucks and motorcycles have an even greater risk of death due to the differences in size and weight and varying safety features.
- Medical Malpractice: Doctors who fail to take action to prevent death or those who misdiagnose or fail to diagnose a terminal illness can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death.
- Product Liability: Manufacturers whose defective products result in death are liable for the extensive damages incurred by the survivors.
- Workplace Accidents: Workplace accidents can result in death if employers and other employees fail to adhere to safety regulations. Construction accidents pose an even greater risk of death due to the dangerous equipment used on construction sites.
Compensation to Help Your Family Move Forward
No amount of monetary compensation will fill the gap left by your loved one’s accidental death. However, your family may need financial assistance with one or more of the following:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Replacement of future lost wages that your loved one would have contributed to the family
- Payment of outstanding medical bills for your loved one’s injury
- Most importantly, the loss of love and affection your loved one provided
The attorneys at Golitko & Daly will fight for your right to compensation for the loss of your loved one. When appropriate, they may also seek punitive damages against parties who acted in gross negligence or with the intent to do harm. Punitive damages are awarded in addition to the above compensatory damages to further punish the defendant.
We are Ready to Take On Some of Your Burdens
An experienced wrongful death attorney is a valuable ally at a time of injury, accidental death, and loss. We understand that your family needs time to grieve, regroup, and find your way forward after a loved one has passed as a result of an accident.
Our job and mission as wrongful death attorneys is to take some of the burdens you face after a fatal accident off your shoulders. When we represent survivors of the deceased following an accident, we conduct a detailed investigation into the cause of death. You can rest assured that we will work to uncover all available sources of compensation, such as life insurance policies that the family was unaware of, workers’ compensation benefits, general contractor liability, and other sources of payment.
We analyze police reports, OSHA findings, and interview witnesses until we are satisfied that we understand how your loved one died and who was legally responsible for his or her death. We also tackle the tough legal, estate, and other issues that surround your wrongful death claim.
Our team is willing and able to help. Attorney Judy Golitko, who is also a nurse, has much experience working with families in times of stress. We are ready to examine all aspects of the fatal accident—including the possibility that you may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits if your loved one was killed on the job.
Construction Accidents—Work Injury Resulting in Death
Golitko & Daly has handled many wrongful death claims in Indiana arising out of a variety of work injuries or accidents. Unfortunately workers who are killed on the job die needlessly. Often times these wrongful deaths are entirely preventable. They usually result from some general contractor’s reckless disregard for safety and the safety rules governed by OSHA and IOSHA.
Our clients include family members of the many iron workers, electricians, and other union laborers from throughout the country who travel into Indiana for major construction jobs. When tragedy strikes, Golitko & Daly is here to help. You get to choose your legal representation, so make an informed decision. You want to select an OSHA-certified attorney, and the lawyers at Golitko & Daly can provide the representation you need.
Million-Dollar Results—Attorneys with Impressive Track Records
Our lawyers have won multiple million-dollar cases and are ready to help ease the pain and income loss caused by your loved one’s untimely death. Mr. Daly recently secured $10.2 million in damages for a client’s family thanks to his legal knowledge and OSHA expertise.
Get the Help of Professionals Experienced in Wrongful Death Claims
Discuss your loved one’s accidental death with an experienced Indiana lawyer who regularly handles wrongful death claims. Contact the law firm of Golitko & Daly in Indianapolis to schedule a free consultation.