Wrongful Death Claims:
Everything You Need To Know
When a death is caused by negligence it is considered a wrongful death.
Did someone you love die prematurely due to the negligent actions of another?
If your family suffered a tragic loss and is facing serious financial concerns due to accidental death, you need the guidance of a compassionate yet aggressive attorney. The Law Office of Christopher Jackson is here to help ease the burden. Attorney Christopher Jackson has unfortunately handled many wrongful death cases in Kentucky and Ohio.
Let’s get you the answers to the questions you have about your loved one’s wrongful death.
What Damages Can You Recover For A Wrongful Death?
Whenever the death of a person results from an injury inflicted by the negligence or wrongful act of another, damages may be recovered, for the death, from the person who caused it, or whose employee or company caused it.
If the act was willful or the negligence was gross negligence, punitive damages may be recovered. The wrongful death action will be brought by the personal representative of the deceased’s estate, typically by the spouse, parent, or child of the decedent.
Types Of Accidents That Lead To Wrongful Death Cases
Any accident that involves the negligent actions of one party leading to the death of another could result in a wrongful death claim. Companies, property owners, drivers, and employees all have a responsibility to act safely. Christopher Jackson and his office will work with families who have lost a loved one in a variety of serious accidents, including:
- Car and auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Railroad accidents
- Serious injuries
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Dangerous or defective products
Premature Death Of A Minor Child
In a wrongful death action in which the decedent was a minor child, the surviving parent, or parents, may recover for loss of affection and companionship, in addition to all other elements of the damages recoverable in a wrongful death action. Christopher Jackson is a wrongful death lawyer who will work hard for your family to try and help make the negligent party pay for your loss.
Hit-And-Run Wrongful Death
If you have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run or another type of motor vehicle accident, you will need to consider many legal issues.
Christopher Jackson has handled many hit-and-run motor vehicle accident wrongful death claims and can handle everything from the probate court process through the filing of a wrongful death claim and lawsuit. Christopher Jackson and his office will be with you at every step along the way so you can focus on your family while we handle everything else.
What If The Death Was Not Immediate?
Even if the accident does not result in immediate death, if serious injuries sustained in an accident led to the eventual loss of your loved one, your family is still entitled to compensation.
A family member can make a wrongful death claim on behalf of survivors of the deceased, based on what the loved one would have earned for the family.
Wrongful death damages can include damages for the following:
- Loss of support from the reasonably expected earning capacity of the decedent
- Loss of services of the decedent
- Loss of the society of the decedent, including loss of companionship, consortium, care, assistance, attention, protection, advice, guidance, counsel, instruction, training and education suffered by the surviving spouse, dependent children, parents or next of kin of the decedent
- Loss of prospective inheritance to the decedent’s heirs at law at the time of the decedent’s death
- The mental anguish incurred by the surviving spouse, dependent children, parents or next of kin of the decedent
View the full list of items you maybe entitled compensation if you had a loved one die prematurely due to someone’s negligence.
Damages For Loss Of Consortium
As used in this section, “consortium” means the right to the services, assistance, aid, society, companionship between husband and wife, or wife and husband.
A wrongful death attorney like Christopher Jackson can help either a wife or husband recover damages against a third person for loss of consortium, resulting from a negligent or wrongful act of such a third person.
Losing a loved one is always hard, especially when it is the result of a preventable accident. Your family has rights; and by contacting a wrongful death attorney, you can make sure those rights are protected.
In order to recover for wrongful death, the death must have been caused by another person or company’s negligent behavior, that is, behavior falling below the standard of care a reasonable person (or business) would have exhibited in the same or similar circumstances. In such instances, you may be entitled to recover the following damages from the responsible party:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost earnings
- Future projected earnings
- Housekeeping expenses
- Child care expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages
Medical Malpractice, Aviation Accidents, and Motorcycle Crash Wrongful Death Claims
Attorney Christopher Jackson is a wrongful death attorney who can help you with cases such as medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, aviation accidents, and more. Very often, victims of these types of cases don’t know or understand their legal rights.
Different laws in Kentucky and Ohio may apply to vehicular accidents depending on the situation.
Accidents that involve semi-trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, and alcohol and substance abuse may all have very different laws that apply to them. Attorney Christopher Jackson is familiar with all the different laws and always stays up to date in an effort to bring our clients the best representation possible.
If your family member has been wrongfully killed by one of these accidents, you can trust our expertise in wrongful death law to bring your case the best outcome possible.
Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney in Greater Cincinnati
If you need a wrongful death attorney, contact our law firm at 859-261-1111 or toll-free at 888-811-3247 for a free appointment in Cincinnati or Covington.
If a family member has died and it was caused by someone else’s negligence, our extensively experienced attorneys can help you get the money your family deserves.
We are dedicated to providing you with the legal support you need to bring your case to the best and most satisfactory resolution possible.