When your loved one dies in Ohio because of someone's negligence or misconduct, you have the right to sue that person for your loved one's wrongful death. Bear in mind that a wrongful death suit is a civil suit, not a criminal prosecution conducted by the state. What this means is that if you believe someone's misconduct, such as allegedly committing assault or murder, caused your loved one's death, the state need not convict that person of the alleged crime for you to be able to sue him or her for wrongful death.
The death of a loved one in Ohio by an act of negligence can be shocking and baffling. You believe that the party involved in the death of your relative should have been more vigilant to prevent whatever caused your loved one to die. In such cases of wrongful death, the party responsible has probably engaged in a breach of duty.
As an Ohio medical patient, you probably feel relatively confident that when you visit your doctor and outline your symptoms, he or she will be able to determine what is ailing you and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. Regrettably, however, physicians make mistakes, too, and when they make medical errors, the repercussions can prove gravely serious. At Klein & Carney, we recognize the harm delayed, inaccurate or missed medical diagnoses and other errors can cause, and we have helped many people who suffered harm due to medical errors pursue appropriate recourse.
While accidents are prone to happen in just about any area in life, it does not lessen the shock, sadness and sometimes anger, that results when someone suffers fatal injuries because of another person's mistake or a product's malfunction. Whenever unfortunate circumstances occur like this in Ohio, the surviving family members may be left with confusion, mounting bills to pay and lots of unanswered legal questions about who was at fault and should assume responsibility for the deceased person's injuries.
When loved ones die, questions often surface. You may wonder if you could have done anything more for them, or you may ask yourself whether the treatment they received was the best. These questions are natural, whether your Ohio relative spent time in a hospital before passing away or succumbed to injuries from an accident.