We Help You Understand Your Rights When A Wrongful Death Occurs
Klein & Carney Co., L.P.A. has been handling wrongful death cases for citizens of northeastern Ohio since the firm’s inception. A wrongful death can result from any number of causes, including a catastrophic car or motorcycle accident, or the negligence of a doctor, hospital or nursing home.
Many people are unaware the law allows for two separate and distinct forms of compensation in a wrongful death claim. The first is compensation for the estate of the decedent for the conscious pain and suffering, and medical expenses incurred prior to death. The second is compensation for the loved ones left behind for the devastation wreaked on their lives.
Under Ohio law, the following compensatory damages may be awarded in wrongful death cases:
- Loss of support based on the earning capacity of the deceased
- Loss of and other contributions previously provided by the deceased
- Loss of society (includes loss of companionship, consortium, care, assistance, protection, etc.)
- Loss of prospective inheritance
- Mental anguish suffered by members of the grieving family
Insurance Representatives Are Not Your Advocates
You should understand that the insurance adjuster, though friendly and congenial, does not have your best interests in mind. In fact, that is part of the philosophy of the insurance industry — to do as much as they can to prevent you from seeking legal help and to get you to accept a minimal settlement.
No matter what the circumstances, please consult with an attorney prior to speaking with or accepting an offer from the insurance company.
This is especially true in a wrongful death claim where there are various forms of compensation of which you may not be aware.
If you have lost a loved one due to the neglect of another, contact us now for a free consultation. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.