A wrongful death case is brought on in the event that an individual suffers an untimely death due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another party. But, just because someone dies, it does not mean that a wrongful death claim is warranted. People must know the standards of wrongful death claims before attempting to file one.
For example, if someone was at the local grocery store shopping and happened to trip over cans that were stacked in an aisle, causing them to then hit their head and die, the do NOT have a wrongful death case. Under Ohio law, the cans would be considered an open and obvious hazard that the deceased should have seen. Therefore, the store would not be deemed negligent in the death of the individual.
But, if an employee at the local grocery store happened to spill a clear, liquid soap on the floor in an aisle and left it there for hours without a warning sign or any other indication, and then a shopper slipped in the aisle, hit their head and died, the store WOULD be negligent.
Someone is at fault for the death of someone if they behave in a way that causes injury or death to another individual. While there are several different aspects to the negligence law, a wrongful death attorney can help the family of a victim navigate through and ensure that compensation is given where it is deserved. Whether it is proving the negligence of an individual or the wrongful conduct of someone, a lawyer can assist in doing so, helping the survivors receive the financial award that is deserved.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
If you are interested in filing a wrongful death claim, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to find a wrongful death attorney to represent you. One of the most important things to do is to make sure that the attorney you hire is not only experienced in the specific area of law but also that you get along with them as you will be spending a significant amount of time with them.
The wrongful death lawyers at our office have represented countless survivors of wrongful death victims and have helped them to receive the compensation that deserves. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another individual, call our office at 800.637.8170. Just by calling, you can ask any questions that you may have as well as receive a free case evaluation.
For even more information regarding wrongful death claims in Ohio, order a free copy of The Ohio Wrongful Death Book from our website, or request it by calling into our office.