Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help victims’ families recover damages to cover medical costs, funeral expenses and other expenses relating to the loss of their loved one. But, that’s not all they do. In many cases, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can bring attention to serious issues within a community and force those responsible for the victim’s death to take action to prevent future deaths.
Earlier this year, the parents of an 18-year-old freshman student at Ohio University filed a wrongful death lawsuit after the student reportedly died as a result of a hazing incident at a fraternity house. According to the lawsuit, the student, who was pledging at a fraternity at the university, ingested nitrous oxide and died of asphyxiation at an off-campus fraternity annex. The lawsuit alleges that fraternity members provided and forced drugs on the student.
The University has since suspended 15 fraternities, including the fraternity the student was pledging, due to a number of hazing allegations. While hazing is known as a part of Greek life, the university and many others have noted that major changes need to be made to the culture.
If you have lost a loved one due to the reckless behavior or negligence of another, you and your family may be entitled to compensation. In order to recover wrongful death damages, a family would need to show that they have suffered financially due to the death of their loved one, and that their loved one’s death was caused by another party’s negligence. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit may bring your family some financial stability during a difficult time, but can also help save the lives of many others.