Ohio’s wrongful death laws allow for the recovery of several types of damages in the event you lose a loved one due to the negligence of another person. In this situation, there are several damages that may be paid to you, including:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of support
- Loss of services
- Loss of prospective inheritance
- Mental anguish
- Loss of society
The first four types of damages are considered economic damages, and depend on a strict accounting of all the decedent contributed to your life. The last two types of damages are noneconomic damages and depend on your ability to communicate, via your lawyer, the full emotional dimension of your loss. Noneconomic damages for wrongful death actions are not capped, unless they are due to medical malpractice.
There is no way that money can truly repay you for your loss. But if you want to get the maximum compensation, you should work with a lawyer skilled in both the pragmatic and emotional aspects of making a claim for damages.
If you have lost a loved one, the skilled wrongful death attorneys at Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA can help. Please contact us today for a free initial consultation.