Losing a loved one is a devastating event, especially when it is the result of someone else’s negligence. The family members of someone killed in an accident might feel anger, grief, and shock. After many fatal accidents, families are left uncertain about how to proceed. One of the best ways to respond to these accidents is to immediately speak with an experienced accident attorney who understands how to help your family fight for the compensation that you deserve.
Two Types of Wrongful Death Cases in Ohio
The state of Ohio recognizes two forms of legal action when a person dies as the result of another person’s negligence – survival actions and wrongful death claims.
A wrongful death claim is initiated by a deceased person’s family and assigns a monetary value to a person’s death for the purpose of compensating the deceased person’s survivors.
A survival action, however, is the legal action that the deceased person would have been able to initiate against the at-fault party. As a result, survival actions focus only on the deceased person and provide compensation for various costs associated with the person’s death including medical bills and pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Wrongful Deaths
While there are numerous types of accidents that can lead to wrongful death, some of the most common examples include the following:
- Aviation accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Defective drug accidents
- Defective product accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Train accidents
Damages Associated with Wrongful Death Accidents
There are numerous types of damages that can be recovered in wrongful death suit, which include the following:
- Funeral expenses: Funerals are frequently expensive and in the case of unexpected deaths, families are often unprepared for these costs.
- Loss of companionship: This type of damage includes the loss of companionship and comfort that a person would have enjoyed if a loved one had survived.
- Loss of income: After a wrongful death, a deceased person’s loved ones are frequently impacted by lost income, including wages that the person would have earned.
- Medical expenses: In a large number of wrongful death cases, a person is admitted to a hospital or other type of medical facility before he or she ultimately passes away. These bills can be particularly large.
- Property damage: Particularly in the case of wrongful deaths involving vehicular accidents, property damage is very common.
- Punitive damage: When an accident results in the death of someone and the responsible party acts in a particularly reckless manner, punitive damages are assigned as a way of penalizing the responsible party.
Contact an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney Today
After a wrongful death occurs, survivors often find themselves confronting a number of obstacles. In addition to the emotional hardships that often follow an unexpected death, families also often find themselves facing significant financial difficulties. Fortunately, a seasoned personal injury attorney can help people obtain the compensation that they deserve. Speak with Kruger & Hodges today to schedule an initial free consultation for assistance with your wrongful death case.