When a loved one dies, no matter what the circumstances, we always wonder what we could have done differently to prevent it from happening. We look for someone to blame or we ask ourselves, “What if…?” No matter what, the death of a loved one always seems wrong.
But, as hard as it is to believe, and as difficult as it can be to accept, sometimes no one is at fault, and no matter how much we want to believe there was something we could have done, sometimes death cannot be prevented.
As a personal injury lawyer, though, I know that sometimes our instincts are right. Sometimes a loved one’s death could have been prevented. So, how do we know when a death becomes a wrongful death under the law?
In Ohio, a wrongful death is a death that is caused by someone else’s negligence.
A death is considered wrongful if it would not have happened without a mistake, wrongful act, neglect, or default of another. A death is also wrongful, if the victim would have been entitled to damages as a result of the negligence, had he or she lived.
Wrongful death claims are claims filed by the surviving family members of victims, as a way to compensate them for their loss.
When someone dies unexpectedly, or at the hands of another, the lives of his or her family members’ are turned upside down. The loss of a loved one is devastating, both emotionally and financially, and can continue to affect the victim’s family for generations to come. Ohio wrongful death law recognizes how difficult this can be and was created in an attempt to lessen the damage.
If your loved one died as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have to call me right away at 1 (877) 944-4373.
Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.