Damages for loss of services are available to Ohio wrongful death beneficiaries. It’s a sort of vague claim, but essentially the law allows beneficiaries to collect compensation for services the decedent provided the beneficiaries.
For example, assume Betty was killed as the result of someone’s negligence.
If Betty provided daycare for her daughter Leslie’s children, Leslie could seek compensation for the money it cost her to secure daycare. That’s not to say that the estate must show all the claimed lost services are attached to a specific dollar amount. The jury can determine a dollar figure for each lost service.
Wrongful death recovery cases can be tricky and are often hard to handle. Not only is the emotional pain significant but to battle with insurance adjusters, etc. is often too much. In Ohio, wrongful death claims are mostly controlled by 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 or entity whose negligent conduct or wrongful act caused the decedent’s death.
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