A wrongful death claim involves demonstrating that the death was wrongful. This means that it was due to negligence. Next it must be shown that the death would likely not have occurred but for the negligence of the wrongdoer. Next it must be shown what harms and loses the survivors of the person killed have suffered such as loss of the society (companionship), services, prospective inheritance, and support (care) of the deceased.
Executors filing a wrongful death claim can also request compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost pension and other benefits, as well as pain and suffering and mental anguish sustained by the person due to the negligence of others prior to death. Ohio has no limit or “cap” on the amount that can be awarded in a wrongful death claims. If the life of a loved one was cut short as a result of the negligent act of another, protect your rights. Consult a knowledgeable Cleveland wrongful death attorney.