Losing a loved one in a car accident is a traumatic and devastating experience. The emotional pain is often accompanied by financial burdens, such as funeral expenses, loss of income and other related costs.
In Indiana, if your family member dies due to someone else’s negligence in a car accident, you may have the right to seek compensation for various damages.
Funeral and burial expenses
One immediate financial burden following the loss of a loved one is the cost of funeral and burial services. You may seek compensation for these expenses, which can include costs related to the funeral service, casket, burial plot, headstone and other related expenses.
Loss of financial support
If the deceased was a primary income earner, the loss of their financial support could significantly impact the family’s financial stability. You may pursue compensation for the loss of future earnings that the deceased would have provided, taking into account factors such as age, occupation, earning capacity and life expectancy.
Loss of consortium
Loss of consortium refers to the deprivation of love, companionship, affection, guidance and care that the deceased provided to family members. Spouses, children or other close relatives may seek compensation for this intangible yet deeply felt loss.
If your loved one incurred medical expenses related to the car accident before their death, you may claim compensation for these costs. This can include hospital bills, medications, medical equipment and other healthcare-related expenses.
Pain and suffering
While challenging to quantify, you can pursue compensation for the pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before their death. This requires careful consideration of the nature and extent of the pain and the impact it had on the deceased’s quality of life.
The death of a loved one in a car accident leaves a void that no amount of money can fill. However, understanding what compensation you can seek can help ease the financial burdens and provide a measure of justice for the loss.