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Negligence may lead to wrongful death claims

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2022 | Wrongful Death

The sudden and unexpected death of a loved one is hard to deal with. While you’re reeling because of the emotional impacts of losing someone you love, you’re also going to be faced with some financial challenges.

Sometimes, it’s possible to file a wrongful death claim. This helps the next-of-kin to seek compensation for their loved one’s death that can cover certain damages related to the loss. These cases have specific requirements which must be met before a claim is valid.

What elements must be present in a wrongful death claim?

Wrongful death claims must be related to the death of a human that’s caused by an intent for harm or a negligent act. The death must have caused a financial impact for the victim’s family. There has to be a personal representative named for the decedent’s estate.

There are different damages that you can include in a wrongful death lawsuit. This can include things like funeral expenses, payment for the loss of the decedent’s support, and other similar costs. When an award is given by the courts, interest is added to it starting with the date of the person’s death.

Losing a loved one unexpectedly is a traumatic experience. If your loss was due to the negligence of another person, you may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. A wrongful death lawsuit can help to cover the expenses related to the passing of that person. There are time limits that apply to these cases in Ohio, so be sure that you act swiftly to get your claim filed.