Wrongful Death Assistance With a Cleveland Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing a loved to an accident is very difficult. You typically can't plan for it and the legal battles that follow can be draining. As a result, you will want to work with an experienced Cleveland wrongful death attorney to help advocate for your rights and help get the damages you deserve.
Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death claim involves many different elements. Generally, a Cleveland wrongful death lawyer will have to help you prove the following:
Duty of Care.The defendant needs to owe the victim a duty of reasonable care. For example, the defendant may owe a duty to drive reasonably safe, to not act negligently or carelessly and sometimes even take precautionary steps to protect the victim;
Breach of the Duty of Care.Next, you will have to show that the defendant breached the duty of care by failing to act reasonably given the situation; and
Breach Caused the Death.You will have to prove that the death was directly related to the breach of duty. For example, if the death is a fluke and bears no relation to the alleged breach, the defendant may not be responsible for the death.
Types of Damages
You may be entitled to a variety of damages related to a wrongful death claim. Some common types of damages a Cleveland wrongful death lawyer can help you collect include:
Medical Expenses.You may be entitled to any medical expenses related to the death. For example, if the victim was in a hospital for a period of time before dying, you may be entitled to the hospital fees and costs of any treatment;
Emotional Harm and Loss of Consortium.Family members may be entitled to special damages related to emotional harm and loss of consortium. These types of damages can be difficult to prove and you will want to work with an experienced attorney; and
Loss of Support.If the victim was a primary wage earner for your family, you may be entitled to damages for the loss of monetary support.
Contact a Cleveland Wrongful Death Attorney
If you lost someone close to you due to the negligent act of another, you should contact an experienced attorney to learn your options and remedies for relief. Call 216-831-5100 to discuss your case with an attorney at the Law Office of Shapero & Green.