There are numerous accidental situations that may tragically lead to death. In Ohio, when a fatal accident occurs because of another person’s negligence, the family of the deceased individual may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party through a wrongful death claim.
With these issues in mind, Columbus residents may be interested to hear of a recent lawsuit that was filed in connection with a car accident led to the fatal electrocution of an Ohio man. The family of the deceased victim is now suing the negligent car driver as well as the owner of the vehicle.
According to a local report, a drunk driver crashed into a power pole and knocked it to the ground. Another man, the victim, drove to the scene of the accident to check the driver’s vitals and determine if he was in need of medical assistance.
Upon exiting his car, the second man stepped on a live power line and suffered a fatal electrocution. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The fatal injury led the deceased man’s family to file a lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle. Since the driver did not own the vehicle he was operating, the family also filed suit against the owner of the vehicle.
A successful wrongful death lawsuit like the one filed by the victim’s family can result in compensation for many different types of suffering. Awards may include compensation for grief, loss of support, mental anguish, financial loss and loss of consortium and guidance. Readers in the Columbus area who have similar concerns will want to be fully aware of their rights under our state’s wrongful death laws.
Source: cantonrep.com, “Ohio family sues driver after man electrocuted,” May 26, 2012