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Damages Awarded In Wrongful Death Cases

Posted on 01/15/2016

Losing a loved one is the worst thing for someone to go through. Whether it is a parent, child, spouse, grandparent, sibling, or dependent, the pain and suffering that one goes through is unique, overwhelming, and unimaginable. Our Ohio wrongful death lawyers help the survivors of decedents get through the difficult time after their loved one’s death.

There are certain cases in which someone may lose their loved one due to the fault of another individual. If this is the case and the decedent’s death was the result of the negligence of wrongdoing of another individual, the survivors may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

While it is little consolation to people who have lost someone that they love, the Ohio court system compensates the beneficiaries of decedents by awarding money. Damages are available to those who suffer after the loss of a loved one.

The estate of a decedent can be compensated for the medical bills that are incurred to treat the person prior to their death and for the pain and suffering the decedent experienced as a result of the accident or wrongdoing.

Ohio law states that the following damages are available to beneficiaries of decedents:

  • Loss of support – lost earning capacity due to the death
  • Loss of services – loss of services available to beneficiaries
  • Loss of society – loss of companionship, care, assistance, protection, advice, guidance and education
  • Loss of prospective inheritance – loss of the inheritance that may have been received from the decedent had they lived a normal lifespan
  • Mental anguish – mental anguish endured as a result of a loved one

The wrongful death case would be filed by the survivors of the decedent and would be brought against the other party who was negligent in causing the death of the individual. Wrongful death is not considered in every case where an individual dies, but there are certain concepts that must be understood.

If you believe that your loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of another individual, call our Ohio wrongful death attorneys at 800.637.8170 to review your case. Our experienced legal team can confirm your thoughts regarding your case, or guide you in the proper direction that will allow you and your family members to receive the compensation and closure needed.

Our lawyers have also written The Ohio Wrongful Death Book which contains information useful to anyone who has lost a loved one and plans to possibly file a claim. In this book, readers can find information regarding the wrongful death claim itself, to specific statutes and processes.

To order your free copy of The Ohio Wrongful Death Book, call 800.637.8170, or click here to order directly from our website.