Wrongful death cases follow tragic events in which a loved one has lost their life due to the fault of someone else. When tragedy strikes, you should be able to focus on what matters most: the well-being of your family, your health, and helping your loved ones through this tough time.
As a lawyer with more than 38 years of experience in wrongful death claims, I can help you and your family. If you believe your loved one died a wrongful death, review these FAQs to learn more about the wrongful death claims process.
What is a wrongful death?
Generally, a wrongful death occurs when someone acted negligently or behaved in a way that resulted in a fatality. Wrongful death can also occur as a result of faulty equipment, vehicle or structure. Your loved one may have been the victim of a fatal vehicle accident, or been driving a vehicle that was faulty due to automobile manufacturer negligence. If there is a particular person or entity who caused your loved one’s death, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
What happens in a wrongful death claim?
A wrongful death case is a civil suit. This means both the person who caused the wrongful death, and the family of the person who died wrongfully, will be represented by lawyers in court. Monetary damages are awarded to the family member who brings forth the wrongful death lawsuit if the case is proven successfully.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
In Ohio, the plaintiff (the family member who brings the wrongful death suit) must be an immediate family member. The parent, spouse, or child of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim to take their case to court. Only one family member can file the claim in court; that family member will receive the majority of damages if the case is successful. Other family members can join the suit and make a claim that they are also owed damages.
Filing a wrongful death claim
Some wrongful death cases are simple—for instance, in a wrongful death car crash, the driver of the car that caused the accident can be sued. Other wrongful death cases are much more complex, such as cases where an auto manufacturer failed to execute a recall for a faulty part. Your wrongful death case is unique, and you’ll need expert advice to determine if filing a wrongful death suit is the right choice for your family.
No family should face the tragedy of a wrongful death alone. As your wrongful death attorney, I’ll help you determine the best way for your family to get the justice you deserve.
If your loved one has been the victim of a wrongful death, call me today, 877.944.4373 I’ll Make Them Pay!®.