What damages can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit?

| May 29, 2017 | Wrongful Death

If you lost a loved one because of gross negligence or the wrongful act of another person, there will be many things on your mind besides financial compensation. However, as the grief subsides a bit and your thinking becomes clearer, you will begin to ponder the changes caused by this death.

There will be expenses, bills to pay and other financial concerns. You may begin to worry about money now, but you can turn to an experienced attorney for help.

The option of settling

Ohio law provides for a wrongful death civil action to be brought on behalf of the person who died for the benefit of the surviving immediate family as well as the parents of the decedent. Since it is a less stressful option, your attorney will likely be in favor of an out-of-court settlement. However, you can take your case to court in the event the opposing party appears to be unreasonable or uncooperative.

Compensatory damages

Courts may award compensation for funeral and burial expenses incurred by the death and for costs such as the decedent’s medical bills. They may also award damages for loss of support and for the pain and suffering of the family. Ohio law also allows compensation for what is described as loss of the “society” of the individual who passed away. This includes loss of care, protection, counsel, companionship, instruction and more, as suffered by the surviving close family members. Family members may also recover damages for mental anguish caused by the death of the loved one, and they may claim compensation for loss of an inheritance a family member would have received if the decedent had lived.

Seeking legal assistance

Whatever the cause of your loved one’s untimely death, reach out for advice and support to an attorney who has successfully helped thousands of clients with situations similar to yours. An experienced personal injury lawyer understands what a difficult time this is for you and is standing by to help.