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Child's disability has no bearing on wrongful death suit filed by adult

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A woman who filed a belated wrongful death suit as personal representative for her son’s estate is bound by the two-year statute of limitations, regardless of the fact that her grandchild has a disability.

In Natalia Robertson, Personal Rep. of the Estate of John Lee Cunningham, III v. Gene B. Glick Co., Inc., The Woods of Eagle Creek, Briarwood Apartments, LP, and Briarwood Apartments II, LP, No. 49A05-1104-CT-158, Natalia Robertson filed suit against The Woods of Eagle Creek apartment complex and its parent companies more than two years after her son, John Cunningham, was shot and killed at the complex. Cunningham was survived by his 11-year-old daughter, J.C., who has autism.

Robertson argued that the general tolling statute applicable to statutes of limitation, Indiana Code 34-11-6-1, applies because the primary beneficiary of the action, J.C., has a disability. The defendants responded that the two-year time period is a condition precedent that cannot be altered by the tolling statute, and that, even if it could be altered by the tolling statute, the disability of a beneficiary is not relevant where the claim must be brought by a personal representative. The Indiana Court of Appeals agreed with the defendants.

Robertson also argued that Indiana’s wrongful death statutes violate the Indiana Constitution’s Privileges and Immunities Clause, Article 1, Section 23; and the Due Course of Law Clause, Article 1, Section 12. Concluding I.C. 34-11-6-1 does not apply to the General Wrongful Death Act and that Indiana’s wrongful death statutes do not violate the Privileges and Immunities Clause or Due Course of Law Clause of the Indiana Constitution, the COA affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of Robertson’s claim as untimely.

 

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  1. Im very happy for you, getting ready to go down that dirt road myself, and im praying for the same outcome, because it IS sometimes in the childs best interest to have visitation with grandparents. Thanks for sharing, needed to hear some positive posts for once.

  2. Been there 4 months with 1 paycheck what can i do

  3. our hoa has not communicated any thing that takes place in their "executive meetings" not executive session. They make decisions in these meetings, do not have an agenda, do not notify association memebers and do not keep general meetings minutes. They do not communicate info of any kind to the member, except annual meeting, nobody attends or votes because they think the board is self serving. They keep a deposit fee from club house rental for inspection after someone uses it, there is no inspection I know becausee I rented it, they did not disclose to members that board memebers would be keeping this money, I know it is only 10 dollars but still it is not their money, they hire from within the board for paid positions, no advertising and no request for bids from anyone else, I atteended last annual meeting, went into executive session to elect officers in that session the president brought up the motion to give the secretary a raise of course they all agreed they hired her in, then the minutes stated that a diffeerent board member motioned to give this raise. This board is very clickish and has done things anyway they pleased for over 5 years, what recourse to members have to make changes in the boards conduct

  4. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  5. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

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