Under this category, Ohio tragic death beneficiaries can seek financial compensation for such things as the loss of companionship, care, assistance, protection, advice, guidance, and education provided by the decedent. Obviously, it is difficult to put a dollar figure on these types of damages because they’re not easily quantifiable.
For instance, you can’t look in a book to find a figure that would fairly compensate a wife deprived of decades of a future with her deceased husband. That’s the job of your attorney, to place a dollar amount on the loss of a decedent’s society and to justify that amount with a reasoned argument to a jury. Though it’s not readily quantifiable, it’s certainly a huge and legitimate loss to the beneficiaries, a loss for which they deserve to be compensated.
In Ohio, wrongful death claims are mostly controlled by the Ohio Revised Code §§ 2125.01, 2125.02 and 2125.03. These code sections come from the state’s probate laws. The law allows the executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate to bring a claim against the person/entity whose negligent conduct or wrongful act caused the decedent’s death.
For the next installment of our damages available to beneficiaries series, part 5; be sure to stay tuned to our blog. We also encourage you to call our office at toll free 800.637.810 to request your FREE copy of The Ohio Wrongful Death Book, to receive a free case evaluation, and for any other inquiries. Our toll free number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.