Who Is A Wrongful Death Claim Filed Against?
A wrongful death claim can be filed against anyone who caused the fatality of another individual. The cause could have been due to recklessness, lack of skill, carelessness, or negligence. There are several different reasons for wrongful death and the scenarios differ, but regardless of who is responsible, the fact remains that your loved one is gone and your family deserves justice.
Wrongful Death Circumstances
Some of the common circumstances in which wrongful death may occur include the following:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Reckless driving accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective machinery
- Premises liability
- Improper supervision
There have been many instances in which one has suffered from wrongful death in institutions, such as prisons, hospitals and nursing homes. Nursing home abuse can cause wrongful death, which is a hot topic right now as the Attorney General works toward preventing nursing home negligence throughout Ohio.
Facilities in which wrongful death occurs may have abused and neglected patients, prisoners, or residents. This could be through malnutrition or inadequate healthcare provided to those who are in the institution, as well as lack of supervision to prevent accidents that can result in the injury or fatality to an individual. These instances could all stem from the belief that those patients do not deserve a certain level of care, which then results in tragic outcomes.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another individual in a situation similar to those listed above, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Those who can file a wrongful death claim are immediate family members of the deceased, life partners, spouses or financial dependents, distant family members, and all persons who suffer financially.
The wrongful death claim is filed on behalf of all the survivors who will suffer due to the individual’s death. The individual who usually acts as the representative filing the claim is the executor of the deceased’s estate.
To start the claims process, the first thing that must be done is to call an Ohio wrongful death lawyer at 800.637.8170. The lawyers at our office have experience with wrongful death cases and can help your family receive the compensation that they deserve for the death of your loved one. Call the office today to speak to our legal team, ask any questions that you may have, and to receive a free case evaluation.