According to Chapter 2125 of the Ohio Revised Code, the surviving family members have the right to pursue a legal action against the party responsible for the wrongful death of the decedent. State laws about wrongful death were non-existent in the past; however, it has changed over the years to give the decedent’s beneficiaries and/or dependents the right to seek monetary compensation that they need and deserve.
When to Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim
If you believe that the death of your loved one is a result of gross negligence, recklessness, abuse or malpractice of another individual, you have the right to file for a wrongful death lawsuit. Death may occur under various circumstances such as:
Defective and/or Dangerous Drugs
Defective and/or Dangerous Medical Devices
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Nursing Home Abuse
General Negligence and Malpractice
The success of a wrongful death case depends on a number of factors which includes the following:
The defendant caused, wholly or partly, the death of the victim;
The death of the victim is due to the defendant’s negligence, recklessness, abuse and/or malpractice;
The decedent has beneficiaries or dependents including a spouse, children, parents, siblings and other surviving family members;
The death of the victim caused monetary damages.
If you want to find out more whether you have the right to file for a wrongful death claim, visit our wrongful death information center.
Call 614-220-9100 to schedule an appointment.