If the wrongful or negligent actions of another person caused the death of your loved one, you may be eligible for compensation through a wrongful death claim. While no amount of money can reduce the devastation of your loss, financial support may be pivotal as you may face the costs of your loved one’s medical bills, funeral, and more.
Each case is different. With compassion, diligence, and care, our Zanesville wrongful death attorneys are here to discuss the particulars of your circumstances, and provide insights into what next steps may best benefit you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and see what a difference Graham Law might make.
Wrongful Death Claims in Zanesville, Ohio
The Ohio Revised Code outlines that surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim if their loved one has been killed as a result of another person’s negligent or wrongful action or inaction. In general, if the person might have been eligible to file a personal injury claim had they survived, their family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
Under Ohio law, negligence is associated with circumstances where a person or party has breached their duty of care, resulting in the injuries that have led to the wrongful death. For example, all drivers have a duty of care before their fellow road users to conduct themselves with a reasonable degree of safety.
The following are examples of ways in which negligence may be involved in a Zanesville wrongful death claim:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Driving in excess of the speed limit
- Medical malpractice
- Dangerous or defective products
- Unsafe premises conditions, such as uneven flooring or wet floors
- And more
While there is no amount of precaution that could erase the risk of serious injury, in most cases there is a reasonable standard of care that can be expected. This may mean a homeowner ensuring their property does not have exposed electrical wiring, or a driver ensuring they do not get behind the wheel when intoxicated.
Who Is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Zanesville?
If the deceased individual has left behind a will, they may have named a personal representative to take over the handling of their estate. It is the personal representative who can file a wrongful death claim. If the deceased did not leave behind a will, probate court may appoint a personal representative. Whether you have questions about this process, or would like support through the navigation of a loved one’s will, contact our Zanesville wrongful death attorneys today and learn how we might be able to help.
If a wrongful death claim results in a monetary award, the close family members of the deceased will typically divide the money. Eligible family members usually involve those who have been dependent on the deceased, and may include a surviving spouse, children, dependent parents, or more. Other family members such as grandparents, cousins, siblings, and more may be eligible if they are able to provide proof that the wrongful death has caused them to suffer legally compensable losses.
Every case is different, and what may be possible for you and your family may be unique to your particular set of circumstances. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Graham Law’s Zanesville wrongful death attorneys. With dedicated and compassionate service, we would be happy to discuss how we may be able to help you.
Compensation Available Through a Zanesville Wrongful Death Claim
Compensation through a wrongful death claim may be able to help cover monetary losses incurred as a result of the wrongful death. They may include medical expenses associated with your loved one’s accident, as well as the costs of burial, funeral arrangements, and more.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, additional compensation may be available for the following:
- The income your loved one would have brought in had they lived
- An estimated value of your loved one’s work in maintaining the household and providing childcare
- Amounts by which a prospective inheritance may have been reduced as a result of an untimely death
- Mental anguish
- Loss of guidance, instruction, counsel, protection, education, training, assistance, consortium, companionship, and/or care
- And more
Contact Graham Law and Book a Consultation with a Zanesville Wrongful Death Attorney Today
Financial concerns can severely exacerbate the pain and suffering of losing a loved one. If you have lost someone close to you as a result of another person or party’s negligent or wrongful action, you may be eligible for support through a wrongful death claim. At Graham Law, our Zanesville wrongful death attorneys approach each case with attentive and compassionate care, working to help you receive the results you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation, and learn what we may be able to do for you.
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