After the death of a loved one, whether sudden or expected, families have hundreds of questions. These questions generally range from funeral planning and ceremonies to burials, obituaries, wrongful death lawsuits, and more. But one of the most common inquiries and concerns among the recently bereaved in regard to the death of a loved one involves Social Security. The legalities of death are sometimes confusing, especially while simultaneously grieving and coping with a loss, and even more so if the death was the fault of another.
Continue below to learn what you need to know about contacting the Social Security Office after the death of a family member, and what to do if a negligent party was responsible for your loved one’s passing.
Contacting the Social Security Office
Social security must be notified of a person’s death, but many people are too emotionally overwhelmed to handle technical details like this when someone they love passes away. So, when someone dies, who should alert social security? The answer is both the funeral home hired as well as the bereaved.
Funeral directors commonly send out the initial death notification to the Social Security Office on behalf of the bereaved. In fact, they generally handle all the necessary filing for families grieving the loss of a loved one. Funeral directors are there to provide all the necessary and relevant services needed following the death of a family member, spouse, or child.
Social Security and Survivor Benefits
Once the initial death notification is sent, it is important for families to then make the effort and call themselves as soon as they can, in order to obtain and provide additional necessary information. Families must consult Social Security to see if any benefits need to be returned, or if the surviving family members qualify for Survivor Benefits.
Wrongful Death Claims
If your loved one lost their life in an accident that was not their fault, but rather, the fault of another person or entity (manufacturer, government agency, company, etc.), you may claim payments through a wrongful death claim. Aside from being secured with your loved one’s Social Security benefits and related survivors’ benefits, you may also be entitled to compensation for your damages and losses.
Some common damages recovered wrongful death claims include hospital bills, medical expenses, lost work wages, funeral and burial costs, lost inheritance, lost future earnings, lost household income, mental anguish, emotional stress, loss of companionship, loss of parental guidance and care, loss of consortium (intimacy), reduced quality of life, and even legal fees.
It is critical to hire a skilled and experienced Indiana civil litigator to represent your wrongful death lawsuit. They will fight for your right to the maximum wrongful death settlement or Social Security verdict you and your surviving family deserve.
When you are looking for a wrongful death lawyer in Indiana, trust none other than Carl Brizzi, Attorney at Law. For a free case evaluation, contact us at 317-636-7497 as soon as possible. Our Indianapolis IN wrongful death lawyers serve clients all throughout Indiana.