Chapter 5: Wrongful Death from an Auto Accident

wrongful death from an auto accidentIf you have lost a loved one in a fatal auto accident there are actions you can take despite the unfortunate reality that nothing you do will bring back your loved one. But your family does have legal options including securing monetary compensation for items such as doctor bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering and a variety of other economic and non-economic damages.

When a person is killed in an automobile accident because of the negligence or fault of someone else, there can be a claim for wrongful death. In Ohio, it is required that the decedent’s “personal representative” bring a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal representative can be either the executor or administrator of the decedent’s estate.

This representative is the only person with authority to bring a claim, and this individual does so on behalf of the spouse, children or other next of kin (such as parents, siblings and grandparents).

Family members are often far too grief-stricken to negotiate the legal courses that are involved in a wrongful death claim. Still, if there is a surviving spouse or young children left behind, legal action against the party at fault might be essential to provide for their financial security in the future.

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