Dealing with the sudden death of a loved one is heartbreaking for family members. Life comes to a complete halt as you try to comprehend what has happened. When your family member was killed by the negligence of another person, it can be even more difficult to process.
While legal issues may be the furthest thing from your mind at this time, it is important to consider bringing a wrongful death claim. Your family may be entitled to financial compensation for the great loss you have endured.
Wrongful Death Claims Brought On Behalf Of The Family Members
According to Ohio wrongful death laws, immediate family members can sue for their emotional and economic losses caused by the death of their loved one. However, usually only one family member will need to be selected as the representative for all beneficiaries. This representative will be the named plaintiff in the wrongful death case and can seek compensation for:
- Loss of support from the reasonably expected earning capacity of the deceased
- Loss of services of the deceased
- Loss of companionship, consortium, care, assistance, attention, protection, advice, guidance, counsel, instruction, training and education
- Loss of any future inheritance from the deceased
- Mental anguish suffered by beneficiaries
Survival Claims Brought On Behalf Of The Deceased
In some cases, family members can also bring a lawsuit on behalf of the deceased. This accounts for any pain and suffering the deceased experienced before death.
After A Fatal Accident: Getting The Right Legal Help
At Chester Law Group Co. LPA, personal injury law is all that we do. This includes wrongful death and survival claims. When clients come to us with these legal issues, their world has just collapsed from underneath them. They are grieving, in pain, and confused as to who can be held accountable.
As your legal counsel, we are here to help you with everything. We will help you understand how the laws apply to your family, what your expectations should be, and all available options for proceeding. We understand that you need to focus on your family during this difficult time. Our lawyers will do everything they can to take the stress out of the legal process.
Need More Information? Order Our Free Book On Wrongful Death.
Attorney David Chester is the author of an important book on wrongful death in Ohio. We encourage you to download a free copy of “Losing Someone You Love: An Ohio Family’s Guide To Wrongful Death” or request one be mailed to you. Then contact our wrongful death attorneys to schedule a free consultation to discuss your specific matter.
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