Wrongful Death Due to Failure of a Product

February 7, 2012

Wrongful Death

defective productsIf someone you love has died as a result of product failure, it is frustrating to make peace with reality and you are likely confused and angry. While nothing can resolve such a situation completely, the law does provide for recourse against companies selling defective products that may help you find closure and relief in the form of an action for “wrongful death” under the Ohio Product Liability Act. This act applies to deaths occurring on or after April 7, 2005.

Under the Act, the representative of a deceased party can seek compensatory damanges from a manufacturer or retailer or other supplier of a product which causes such a “wrongful” death. The lawyers at Slater & Zurz LLP experienced in wrongful death claims throughout Ohio are available to help you by providing you with a FREE consultation where they can advise you of your rights under the Act.

More specifically, the Act provides that a claimant may seek compensatory damages for economic loss resulting from the wrongful death of another, provided such damages arose from a defect in either:

(i) manufacturing or construction of the product;

(ii) design or formulation;

(iii) failure to warn or provide adequate instructions; or

(iv) a representation or warranty of the product.

Establishing each of the elements and damages that are applicable under this type of clam is typically based on the presentation of facts specific to a claimant’s case, and something an experienced lawyer can do as your representative in such a case.

In addition, an Ohio lawyer experienced with wrongful death can further advise you as to your rights to bring other suits to help ease the financial burden of economic losses you may have incurred as a result of another’s death, like funeral costs and loss of wages. Suits to recover such costs must be brought under a separate claim under Ohio state law.

If you believe you may have rights to recover damages for either a product defect or other damages claim following the loss of a loved one, do not hesitate to seek to enforce your right—contact the Ohio lawyers at Slater & Zurz LLP for a FREE consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk. Their experience with wrongful death cases will answer your questions and help you understand your rights.

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