The unexpected loss of a loved one is a devastating emotional experience -- and nothing you do can bring that person back. That fact alone can make it difficult to even consider taking legal action.
On April 8, the brother of a victim in the March 10 crash involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 filed a lawsuit against the Boeing Company. This is just one example of the legal troubles that the aviation company faces in the wake of its two 737 MAX crashes. Ohio residents may remember that the March 10 incident, where the plane took a nosedive shortly after departing Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killed 157 people.
On Nov. 12, 2018, an 18-year-old student at Ohio University died at a house associated with the Sigma Pi fraternity. He was allegedly a victim of hazing.
Ohio residents may be familiar with the show "Storm Wranglers" and how its two stars died in a crash back in March of 2017. They were chasing a tornado in Texas when they apparently ran a stop sign and collided with a jeep driven by a 25-year-old storm spotter. The three individuals all were killed upon impact. The mother of the 25-year-old has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Weather Channel, the show's network, for $125 million.
Multiple families have come forward against an Ohio doctor who allegedly gave dozens of patients potentially lethal and excessive doses of pain medication. The doctor, who worked at Mount Carmel West or St. Ann's, is currently under investigation for potentially ordering excessive medication for 35 patients. Many of the families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the doctor.
A Licking County couple died on March 6 in an accident with an impaired driver. Unlike many such accidents, however, the driver who caused this wreck wasn't on anything illicit. He was taking a legally prescribed painkiller instead.
A report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association says that the number of pedestrian fatalities during 2018 was the highest it has been since the year 1990. People traveling in vehicles or walking near roadways in Ohio should be aware of the statistics. According to the study, the number of pedestrian fatalities has increased 51.5 percent since 2009, when there were 4,109 such incidents. In 2018, pedestrian deaths accounted for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities.
When a wrongful death lawsuit is filed in Ohio, the result depends on whether the person died because of negligence. A recent example focuses on a woman who came to an early death because she fell down the stairs in a Manhattan subway station. The woman was struggling with a baby carriage because the subway station did not have an elevator. Consequently, she had to struggle as she tried to transport the stroller. Statistics show that hundreds of subways located in New York City do not install elevators as alternatives to stairways.
A doctor, pharmacist and nurse in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital stand accused of giving a fatal dose of fentanyl, a narcotic painkiller more potent than morphine, to an elderly woman in order to hasten her death. According to allegations made in a wrongful death lawsuit -- and admissions by the hospital -- that patient may have been one of 26 patients total that were given excessive doses of the drug as they lay dying.
If you've lost a close relative due to the negligence of another party, you may be able to file a claim under Ohio's wrongful death laws. You may also be able to file what's known as a survival action on the behalf of the deceased.