Columbus Ohio Wrongful Death Liability Attorney
Columbus Auto Accident Lawyer providing aggressive Wrongful Death Attorney legal services in Columbus, Franklin County Ohio, and Central Ohio
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Long after a fatal accident or incident, families feel the loss of a loved one who died because of the negligence or acts of others. Maney Law Offices understands the loss to the survivors and offers compassionate representation in wrongful death litigation.
A wrongful death occurs when the negligent, reckless, or careless actions of another causes the untimely death of another person. The law allows for immediate family members to seek justice for wrongful death victim by means of civil litigation, regardless if the at fault party is arrested, charged, tried, convicted, or acquitted in criminal court. The burden of proof regarding culpability and liability in civil litigation cases differs in civil litigation, which is less of a burden of proof from that of a criminal trial.
What the Court Generally Considers in Auto Accident Wrongful Death Cases?
Wrongful death civil litigation liability claims may be resolved through mediation, a trial by judge, or a trial by jury. For the purposes of the information provided below, the "court" or "jury" will be referred to as the "court."
When culpability and liability is established the court will follow the guidelines provided below:
- Each survivor may recover the value of lost support and services from the date of the decedent's injury to her or his death, with interest, and future loss of support and services from the date of death and reduced to present value. In evaluating loss of support and services, the survivor's relationship to the decedent, the amount of the decedent's probable net income available for distribution to the particular survivor, and the replacement value of the decedent's services to the survivor may be considered. In computing the duration of future losses, the joint life expectancies of the survivor and the decedent and the period of minority, in the case of healthy minor children, may be considered.
- The surviving spouse may also recover for loss of the decedent's companionship and protection and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.
- Minor children of the decedent, and all children of the decedent if there is no surviving spouse, may also recover for lost parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury. For the purposes of this subsection, if both spouses die within 30 days of one another as a result of the same wrongful act or series of acts arising out of the same incident, each spouse is considered to have been predeceased by the other.
- Each parent of a deceased minor child may also recover for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury. Each parent of an adult child may also recover for mental pain and suffering if there are no other survivors.
- Medical or funeral expenses due to the decedent's injury or death may be recovered by a survivor who has paid them.
If you have questions, concerns, or legal needs regarding Auto Accident Related Wrongful Death Liability legal issues, be proactive in protecting your legal rights by seeking the legal advice and representation of an experienced Columbus Auto Accident Wrongful Death attorney.