What is wrongful death?
One of the most difficult situations we may ever face in our lives is the loss of a loved one. In some cases, the loss may be due to someone else’s fault, negligence or wrongdoing. For example, deaths caused by drunk or negligent driving, dangerous or defective products, or nursing home or hospital negligence may be considered wrongful deaths under the law.
Who can bring suit in a wrongful death situation?
These cases are different from other personal injury suits, in that the victim of the wrongdoing is not bringing the suit. In Ohio, the executor or administrator of the deceased victim’s estate brings this type of lawsuit for the benefit of the surviving spouse, children, parents, and other next of kin of the deceased victim.
What can I recover in a wrongful death case?
As with personal injury cases, there are many complex factors involved in a wrongful death case. Various types of monetary damages may be recovered, and an experienced attorney at Lardiere McNair, LLC can assess the merits of your case as well as the damages that are potentially recoverable. These can include:
- Expenses associated with the death, such as reasonable funeral and burial expenses
- Lost benefits, such as insurance
- Loss of inheritance
- Pain and suffering suffered by the survivor of the deceased victim
- Loss of companionship, care or protection
(O.R.C. 2125.02). If you believe that your loved one has suffered a wrongful death, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today to speak with one of our seasoned wrongful death attorneys.