When we think about medical negligence and wrongful death, the first incident that often comes to mind is a single event, like a surgery. However, there are lots of ways to receive medical care and treatment, so really, a negligent act could happen anytime and at any point in a person's care from diagnosis to treatment. There are ways to be cared for physically and mentally/emotionally. One woman seeking care for mental health committed suicide and her family claims wrongful death against the hospital.
Accidents caused by fatigued or drowsy driving are not limited to civilians. Two multi-million-dollar lawsuits for wrongful death were recently filed against the Ohio National Guard for the deaths of a 34-year-old man and his six-year old son after one of its Humvees crashed into his vehicle in Sept. 2016. The fatal accident was allegedly caused by a sleep-deprived and inexperienced National Guardsman.
Across the nation, there has been increase scrutiny of college hazing and initiations involving excessive drinking and abuse. The parents of an 18-year-old student who died at an Ohio University fraternity filed a wrongful death action against a fraternity earlier this month claiming that it was liable for his death in a hazing incident.
Families who suffer the loss of a loved one may seek financial justice if the death was caused by another person's behavior. A wrongful death action is the legal avenue for seeking compensation and damages. Plaintiffs, however, should be aware of some basic information about this legal cause of action.
The dangers of texting and driving and other distractions is well-documented. This reckless behavior increases the risk of wrongful death in Ohio car crashes and throughout the United States. The severity of injuries in these crashes also depends on road design, according to a recent study by the Risk Institute of Ohio State University.