Two Forms of Compensation in Wrongful Death Claims

January 20, 2012

Wrongful Death

ohio wrongful death lawyerAccidents that cause catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis or brain damage, can devastate both the injured victim as well as his or her family.  However, if that family member succumbs to his or her catastrophic injuries that were caused due to someone else’s negligence, it goes without saying that the surviving family members will suffer tremendous grief and emotional turmoil, and quite often, the loss of financial support.  That being the case, if you have lost a loved one under these conditions, it is imperative that you speak with a Ohio wrongful death lawyer who can handle your case in an efficient manner.

It is crucial that the abrupt change to everyone’s life be addressed and the party or parties at fault be held responsible.  Keep in mind that if your loved one was the main source of income, you may be entitled to recover amounts for all future income, as well as compensation for prior loss and pain and suffering.

A great number of people are unaware of the fact that the law provides for two separate and distinct forms of compensation in wrongful death claims.

The first is payment to the estate of the decedent for the medical bills and conscious pain and suffering that incurred prior to death.

The second is payment for the loved ones who are left behind to deal with the devastation.

Under Ohio law, certain compensatory damages may be awarded in wrongful death cases, including amounts for loss of support based on the deceased’s earning capacity, loss of society, loss of services, loss of prospective inheritance and mental distress.

You should also be aware that, although they may seem friendly and pleasant, insurance adjusters do not have your best interests at heart when it comes to a wrongful death case.  As a matter of fact, it is part of the insurance industry’s philosophy to do as much as they can to hinder you from seeking legal help and to get you to take a minimal settlement. That said, regardless of your circumstances, it is crucial that you utilize the services of skilled Ohio wrongful death lawyer before speaking with or accepting any offer from the insurance company. This is particularly true in wrongful death claims where there are a different forms of compensation of which you might not be aware.

If you need the skills of competent Ohio wrongful death lawyers,  please contact the Law Offices of Slater & Zurz LLP for a FREE consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk that is convenient for you.

To learn more about wrongful death and other types of personal injury cases, please visit

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