Recent Wrongful Death Cases in Ohio

What is a wrongful death? Well, it’s the legal term used to describe when someone dies because of another person’s negligence, or because of a willful or intentional action. The incident and the death may both very well have been an accident, but the fact that a person died makes it a very serious offense. And, if those who are close to the deceased feel that their loved one lost their life … [Read more...]

Many Wrongful Death Survivors Wonder If The Anger Ever Goes Away

Five to nine percent of the U.S. population loses a close family member each year, according to WebMD. When a loved one is taken in tragic and unforeseen circumstances, there is often overwhelming grief and other uncontrollable emotions. When the death is a wrongful death which has occurred due to someone’s negligence or inaction, grief can become more complicated. It can turn to anger and … [Read more...]

Survivors May Face Challenging Grieving Process After a Wrongful Death

Almost 50 years ago in 1969, noted psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross identified “Five Stages of Grief” in her now world-famous book On Death and Dying. She pointed out that these stages do not necessarily appear in a certain order in each individual, but that grieving people almost always go through them, perhaps sometimes not experiencing all five of them. The Five Stages of Grief Kubler-Ross … [Read more...]

Wrongful Death Has Many Definitions

There is no singular definition for wrongful death as the term appears in Ohio wrongful death claims or lawsuits. Ohio Revised Code (O.R.C.) Section 2125 defines many aspects of wrongful death which can be a very complex area of law. And, as always, death can be an extremely difficult matter to discuss. Some people reading this article may not be familiar with the words “wrongful death.” What … [Read more...]

Wrongful Death Cases Involving Famous Celebrities and Big Businesses

What do O. J. Simpson, Nancy Grace, Robert Blake and Dr. Conrad Murray have in common? All were at the center of highly publicized wrongful death cases. In each instance, except Dr. Murray’s, the individuals were famous celebrities alleged to have caused a wrongful death or deaths. Wrongful death is a civil claim that death(s) was caused by negligence, malpractice, or an unlawful act, … [Read more...]

The Role a Personal Representative Plays in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death is one that is caused by the negligence or unlawful act of another person, or persons, or by a business or organization. The wrongful conduct may be either intentional or unintentional. However, this type of personal injury claim may not be filed by just any person who happens to be in the family of the deceased or was a close friend. A wrongful death lawsuit must be filed by … [Read more...]

What Happens When You File a Wrongful Death Action

Wrongful death is a term many people have heard, but they are not sure what it means. It is not always easy, even for experts, to determine if there has been a wrongful death. In general, when someone loses their life because another person or business did something wrong and the law determined that the wrongdoer’s conduct was negligent or intentional, the survivors have a claim for wrongful … [Read more...]

Number of Autopsies Performed Are Plummeting

There are many reasons to perform an autopsy which is an internal and external examination of a body usually aimed at determining the cause of death. During an autopsy, the pathologist studies the circulatory, respiratory and renal systems using surgical techniques, laboratory analysis of tissue, fluids and other specimens and reviews medical records. By these activities a medical examiner can … [Read more...]

Senior Driver Labeled as Dangerous in Wrongful Death of Ohio Bicyclist

A 64-year-old Ohio man has been labeled a “dangerous driver” in a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a 19-year-old Ohio bicyclist. The bicyclist, Kristopher Smith of Summerfield Township, Ohio, was killed June 15, 2015 when Charles Iott of Deerfield hit Kristopher with his pick-up truck. Eight weeks earlier Iott’s eye doctor allegedly told him his vision was so poor it was no longer safe … [Read more...]

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Ohio?

Joe Smith was driving home from visiting his relatives in Akron, Ohio when he was involved in a serious collision with another vehicle whose driver was texting and not paying attention to the highway. Joe was gravely injured in the accident and was transported to the local hospital immediately, but unfortunately he died from the injuries he sustained. Joe was not married and had no children. His … [Read more...]