Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness is painful and traumatic. In Ohio, you have the right to seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Here’s what you need to know about wrongful death claims.
Ohio’s wrongful death laws
A wrongful death claim in Ohio can arise from various circumstances, including car accidents, medical malpractice and more. Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.01 defines wrongful death as the death of a person caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of another.
In Ohio, the administrator (also known as executor or personal representative) of the victim’s estate may bring a lawsuit on behalf of:
- The surviving spouse of the deceased
- The surviving children, including adopted children
- The parents of the deceased
In Ohio, you generally have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Failing to file within this timeframe may result in your claim being dismissed.
Filing a wrongful death claim
Navigating a wrongful death claim can be incredibly complex, especially when you’re grieving. The Law Offices of Tim Misny can provide guidance and support throughout the legal process. We will help you understand your rights, assess the strength of your case and help you through insurance negotiations or court proceedings.
To succeed in a wrongful death claim, you and your attorney must prove that the defendant’s actions or negligence directly caused the death. This requires proving the following elements:
- Duty of care: The defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased.
- Breach of duty: The defendant’s actions or negligence breached this duty.
- Causation: The defendant’s actions were the direct cause of the death.
- Damages: The economic and non-economic impact suffered by the survivors, due to the loss of their loved one.
To build a strong case, you’ll need to collect and preserve relevant evidence, which may include medical records, accident reports, witness statements, photographs and more. Your attorney will help you gather this information and present it to the relevant parties.
Most wrongful death cases are resolved through settlements. Your attorney will negotiate with the responsible party or their insurance company to reach a fair agreement. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, your case may proceed to trial. If successful, you may recover compensation for economic losses (including medical expenses, funeral costs and lost income), pain and suffering and more.
Call an Ohio wrongful death attorney today
The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you with your wrongful death claim. If your loved one was killed due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at 800-556-4769 so that I can evaluate your case right away.