Wrongful death is a death caused by someone else’s negligent behavior or omission. This means that had the at-fault party acted responsibly or with greater caution, your loved one’s death could have been prevented. That aspect of a death can be very difficult for surviving loved ones to accept and process as they grieve the loss of a family member or friend.
Everyone handles grief in different ways but in the case of wrongful death, filing a wrongful death claim can help move a family towards peace and closure knowing the negligent party will be held accountable for their actions.
Continue reading to learn more about wrongful death claims and how to file one.
What constitutes a Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is defined as “preventable death that results from someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct.” The United States sees about 167,000 accident-related deaths a year, many of these could be categorized as wrongful death. Most often we see wrongful deaths result from the following situations:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Property hazards
This list is not exhaustive, there are many other situations that could also result in wrongful death.
Who is at fault?
The main differentiation between an unfortunate accident and a wrongful death is that someone is at fault due to their own negligent behavior. If your loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence, misconduct, or omission, they may be at fault and should be held accountable.
In order to prove wrongful death, your attorneys will need to prove the following:
- The death was the result of another party’s negligence; design, manufacture, or distribution of a product; or intent to harm.
- Surviving family members have suffered economic and/or non-economic damages stemming from the death.
Could Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Help Your Family?
All too often a wrongful death puts a family in a devastating position both emotionally and financially. Whether the deceased was the main breadwinner, lost familial income, medical bills, and funeral expenses can pile up fast.
Recovering for damages for wrongful death can help families replace lost income, pay medical bills, cover funeral expenses, and help move forward in a secure financial position.
For families who file a wrongful death claim and receive damages, it is more than worth it to know the at-fault party is being held accountable and that they may be able to financially recover from this tragedy.
Wrongful Death Attorney in Cincinnati
If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else’s actions, the best thing you can do is consult a wrongful death attorney in Cincinnati. The consultation is free and we only get paid if you recover damages, making it low risk for you in this devastating time.
We can be reached at 513-868-2731, ext. 219 or visit us at http://richardsinjuryfirm.com.
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