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A wrongful death experience is one of the most traumatic events anyone can go through. A wrongful death lawsuit occurs primarily when a person dies or is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another party.
It can be the result of medical malpractice, construction site carelessness, an auto accident, airplane catastrophe, criminal behavior, exposure to hazardous conditions, fires, explosions, and more.

In a wrongful death action, the value of the victim’s life to surviving family members is measured by the victim’s earning potential, in combination with a number of other factors. But first, the death must be proven to be the fault of another.

There are key components of every wrongful death case that must be proven to receive payment, and they include:

  • the death was a direct result of the defendant’s negligence
  • the death has adversely affected those filing the case, monetarily and/or psychologically
  • the death of the loved one resulted in the present and/or future monetary losses that affect the family members

Types of Compensation

A wrongful death lawyer has the responsibility of obtaining appropriate compensation for several aspects of the survivor’s life such as:

  • compensation for the survivors’ loss
  • lost wages from the person who is deceased
  • loss of benefits, such as pension plans or medical coverage
  • lost companionship and damages for the survivors’ mental anguish, pain, and suffering
  • funeral expenses

Hiring Legal Representation

The statute of limitations to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit differs from state to state, but it is a finite amount of time.

If you have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one due to the negligent actions of another, and you live in the Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, or Owensboro area, it is important to contact a Gerling Law attorney as soon as possible.

Our compassionate team of legal experts understands your grief. Although no one can replace the loss you are experiencing, our expertise will assure you receive the compensation you need to move on with your life.
Call Gerling Law today at 888-437-5464 and let us guide you through this difficult process.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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