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coffin inside a churchIn the prior post, we discussed some of the important aspects of wrongful death claims, namely who can bring a claim and what a wrongful death claim may be worth. In this post, we’ll continue that discussion with some other important aspects of wrongful death claims that you need to know if you have lost a loved one. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?

The law requires that lawsuits be filed within a specific timeframe, referred to in legal terms as the statute of limitations. If you do not file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you will lose all of your rights, no matter how strong your claim is or how obvious it is that the other party should be held accountable. 

Two motorcycles parked on the streetOn March 24, 2019, a Columbus Jury awarded $27 million to the mother of a woman killed in an accident that occurred in January of 2017. The jury’s award consisted of $22 million in compensatory damages and $5 million for the woman’s pain and suffering. The case illustrates the increased dangers for the victims of truck or motorcycle accidents, even under routine circumstances.

The Accident

On January 26, 2017, George Hooks was driving his 18-wheeler westbound on Macon Road while Cindy Tran Huyhn was headed east on her motorcycle. Both entered the intersection with Technology Parkway on a green light. The accident occurred when Hooks turned left in front of Huynh, who had the right of way because she was proceeding straight. Huynh immediately slammed on the brakes, veered left, and went into a skid. According to eyewitnesses, she almost avoided the collision but clipped the back-end of the truck’s trailer. She was taken to the hospital but unfortunately died the next day. The cause of death was listed as “blunt force trauma to the torso and extremities.”