Caring and Compassionate Merrillville Wrongful Death Lawyers
A respected law firm serving people in Portage, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Hammond, Lake County and Porter County
When the negligence or recklessness of another party causes the untimely death of someone close to you, you might not know where to turn. At Schlyer & Associates, P.C. in Merrillville, our compassionate lawyers know how difficult it is to lose a loved one under these circumstances, and we provide the personal attention and guidance you need during this difficult time. We have years of experience with wrongful death claims in Indiana and Illinois, and we do whatever it takes to seek the results you need and deserve. Our knowledge, dedication and experience make a difference, and we invite you to get to know our skilled attorneys today.
Common causes of wrongful death
A wrongful death occurs when a person dies as a result of the negligence or reckless actions of another party. Some of the most common accidents resulting in a wrongful death include:
- Workplace accidents: While some industries, such as construction and manufacturing, tend to be more dangerous than others, hazardous conditions stemming from an employer or third-party negligence are a leading cause of wrongful death in the United States. The death may be immediate, such as with a fall from a tall building or come after long-term exposure to hazardous materials and chemicals.
- Automobile accidents: Motor vehicle accidents, especially at high speeds, can be fatal for drivers or passengers. In many cases, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a major factor. In 2011, 20 percent of fatal crashes in Indiana involved some form of intoxication.
- Motorcycle accidents: Much like car crashes, motorcycle accidents are a common cause of wrongful death. In most cases, a motorcyclist’s death is a result of another driver’s failure to yield. With these claims, it’s important to determine fault in the accident.
- Medical malpractice: Physicians, nurses and other medical professionals who fail to provide adequate care may be at fault for a wrongful death. This may be because of a misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, nursing home abuse, inaccurate prescriptions or another reason.
- Defective products: Hazardous or improperly made products can cause serious injury or death for consumers. Manufacturers are liable for fatal accidents that occur as a result of design flaws, production errors or a failure to adequately warn the public about defective products.
- Trucking accidents: These crashes involve large semi-trucks or commercial vehicles, which can be extremely dangerous for the drivers of smaller automobiles. The most common causes of these accidents are driver fatigue, poor truck maintenance and equipment failure.
- Railroad accidents: Workers in the railroad industry are susceptible to a number of hazards, and many of the accidents that occur are fatal. In addition, Amtrak passengers and crew members may experience accidents that result in severe injury or death.
- Aviation accidents: While rare, aircraft accidents tend to cause very serious injuries or death for passengers and crew members. Airlines that fail to uphold strictly enforced safety standards may be liable for these fatal accidents.
Recovering damages after a wrongful death
To seek monetary damages after a wrongful death, you must be a family member, life partner or financial dependent of the deceased individual. You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of financial support, and the pain and suffering you’ve experienced because of the death of someone close to you.
Get help from a Valparaiso and Crown Point law firm serving families of fatal accident victims
To work with an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Indiana or Illinois, call Schlyer & Associates, P.C. at 219-757-0225 or contact us online. From our office in Merrillville, we serve families throughout Lake County, Porter County and the surrounding areas. We offer free consultations, and you pay no attorney fees unless your claim is successful.