When a life is lost due to the negligence of another, family members can recover damages on behalf of their loved ones. These damages can cover the medical expenses and funeral costs of the deceased, as well as the loss of household services once provided by them. The family of astronaut Neil Armstrong recently received $6 million in a wrongful death settlement from a Cincinnati hospital.
The loss of a loved one is always difficult, but it can be even more difficult if the death occurred because of someone else's negligence.
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.