A death in the family is tragic, but none is more tragic than when a loved one is lost to wrongful death. Knowing someone or something caused the death of a loved one is almost too much to bear. If your loved one was the victim of wrongful death, you should absolutely seek legal representation by a qualified and experienced wrongful death attorney. With more than 38 years of experience in wrongful death suits, I will help you navigate the legal system and demand justice for your family.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil suit that may result in financial compensation for a plaintiff (the person bringing forth the claim). When your loved one’s death is the result of wrongful actions by a particular person, company, or entity, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
Ohio law determines who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Most often, an immediate family member is able to file a wrongful death claim. If the deceased was married, their spouse is the most likely candidate to file the lawsuit. If the deceased is a child, a parent typically brings forth he lawsuit. If the deceased had children, an adult child may be able to file the suit. You’ll need to consult with an attorney to discuss your specific situation to determine who can file the wrongful death claim and how they must go about doing so.
If more than one person in your immediate family wants to file suit, they can; the court will most likely combine more than one suit into a single case. It is best to discuss with your family regarding who should file the wrongful death claim.
If your loved one had a will, it can impact your ability to file a wrongful death claim. You’ll want to review the will with me to determine how best to proceed. A will may name an executor or representative, who could actually also legally file a wrongful death suit.
In Ohio, you’ll also need to consider the “statute of limitations,” which means the time period in which you are able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Generally, the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in Ohio is two years, which means you’ll have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file the suit.
Every case is different, but a wrongful death is a tragedy for any family. For wrongful death cases, you’ll need a lawyer who can work with your family and make sure you file before the statute of limitations expires. You deserve expert representation and an advocate in the court room.
If your loved one was a victim of wrongful death, I can help you. Call 877.944.4373 and I’ll Make Them Pay!®