House Bill 278 goes into effect for new and renewed auto insurance policies on December 22, 2013. This bill prohibits any automobile insurance policy from denying intra-family claims involving wrongful death.
What does Intra-family claim mean?
The previous exclusion before HB 278 existed to prevent family members from plotting to exaggerate intra-family injury claims to insurers. This would basically mean that one family member would sue another. But, this exclusion didn’t help with wrongful death claims because the injury is clear and cannot be exaggerated.
While most of the auto insurance policies in Ohio did not include this exclusion, House Bill 278 makes it that no insurance policy can exclude coverage for an intra-family death claim.
If your policy previously included this exclusion, call your insurance agent or our office at 800.637.8170 to better understand how this will affect you from now on.
Intra-Family Wrongful Death
If you have indeed lost a loved one in an intra-family auto accident, we advise you to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. To gain the compensation that is deserved for the loved one’s death, it will make things extremely easier if you if you hire a lawyer soon after the death.
We have handled a variety of wrongful death cases and can help you and your family through this extremely difficult situation. Intra-family cases like this can be extremely difficult and by allowing us to deal with the legal aspect, you can begin to focus on your family’s emotional health.
To speak to one of the lawyers at our office, call 800.637.8170. Our lawyers will not only review your loved one’s death and the incident that caused it, but we will also answer any questions that you have regarding the case, as well as give a free case evaluation.
If you have more questions about wrongful death claims and the process that result, order a free copy of The Ohio Wrongful Death Book to serve as your legal guide.