The untimely loss of a loved one is a difficult thing to deal with, regardless of the age of the deceased. The wrongful death of a loved one causes profound grief, whether the victim was young or old. However, our society uses money damages to compensate a family for its unfair loss, and the age of the victim typically makes a difference in this determination.
In reality, monetary compensation cannot undo the grief and suffering. Although imperfect, money damages are a practical way for surviving family members to be compensated. Determination of these damages is extremely complicated and contentious: How do you put a price on someone's life? While you can never truly measure this in dollars, it's a necessary aspect of any wrongful death claim.
The Wrongful Death Of A Child
Compared with adults, a child's death is especially difficult to quantify. Minors generally don't contribute much to households in terms of income, but they contribute in other ways. Damages that parents may recover for the wrongful death of a child include:
- Loss of services
- Loss of society
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of support (earning capacity)
- Mental anguish of the surviving parents
- Funeral expenses and property damage
The parents of a minor usually receive damages when the child suffers a wrongful death. There are exceptions, however, such as when a parent has abandoned the deceased child.
Even though minors don't tend to make large financial contributions to a household, Ohio juries realize that their lives hold much value - as do the courts. In one case, an Ohio appeals court refused to overturn $2.5 million in damages for the wrongful death of a 10-year-old child, noting that the award was not excessive.
An experienced Ohio wrongful death attorney can help you determine your rights to recover damages and assist you in recovering an amount that represents the complete loss you've suffered.
The Wrongful Death Of An Elderly Person
When an elderly person dies, it can have a profound impact on a spouse or children on multiple levels. In addition to loss of services, companionship and other sources of nonfiscal value, the wrongful death of a senior may result in lost income through wages or pensions. A lawsuit can help recover damages for all these economic and noneconomic losses.
When an elder suffers a wrongful death, the following relatives may be eligible to collect damage awards:
- The spouse
- The children
- The deceased's parents, if they're still living
To learn who may recover damages in a particular claim, consult a skilled lawyer.
Speak With An Ohio Wrongful Death Attorney
As one of Ohio's most respected firms, The Donahey Law Firm has a staff of lawyers experienced in proficiently handling wrongful death claims. We are committed to securing maximum compensation for our clients. To secure a free consultation with a skilled Ohio attorney, contact us online or call 866-918-5886.