Wrongful Death Claims Process
Wrongful Death Claims Process
Wrongful Death Bench Card
The bench card provides information on the correct applications and forms that must be used for the wrongful death claim, as well as the appropriate period of time for filing the claim after the death of the deceased. It may also include information on the duties and responsibilities of the personal representative handling the case.
Application and Forms for a Wrongful Death Claim
Standard Probate Form 14.0
Also known as the Application to Approve Settlement and Distribution of Wrongful Death and Survival Claims. This form must contain a statement of facts, including the amount to be allocated to the settlement of the wrongful death claim and the amount, if any, to be allocated to the settlement of the survival claim.
Standard Probate Form 14.1
This is the Waiver and Consent form for Wrongful Death and Survival Claims. In a wrongful death lawsuit, this form is used to waive and release any claim of the distributees or heirs to damages for the wrongful death or survival of the deceased.
Standard Probate Form 14.2
Once the settlement has been approved, the court will enter an Entry Approving Settlement and Distribution of Wrongful Death and Survival Claims.
Standard Probate Form 14.3
Finally, there is a Report of Distribution of Wrongful Death and Survival Claims form. This form is used to report the distribution of the settlement funds to the beneficiaries of the deceased person.
Time Period for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
The time period for filing a wrongful death claim in Ohio is two years from the date the victim died, or two years from the date a wrongful death was discovered. This is known as the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in Ohio. The statute of limitations is a strict deadline that the wrongful death lawsuit must be filed by. If the claim is not filed within the specified time period, it will likely be barred from proceeding in court.
Responsibilities of a Personal Representative
One of the main responsibilities is to choose an experienced wrongful death attorney and meet with them to discuss both the life and death of the deceased individual. The personal representative is also responsible for communicating with the attorney and opposing counsel, handling the paperwork for the case, and making all major decisions regarding a wrongful death settlement or proceeding to trial.
In addition, the personal representative is responsible for managing the assets of the deceased individual, coordinating with the attorney handling the wrongful death lawsuit, and ensuring that proceeds from any settlement or judgment is properly distributed.
Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney
While you’ll need a wrongful death lawyer in order to file a wrongful death case, it’s important to know as much as possible about the process. I have a long history with wrongful death lawsuits. Whether the decedent’s death was caused by a car accident or medical malpractice, the wrongful death settlements have covered lost wages as well as medical and funeral expenses. I spend time with immediate family members and surviving relatives, learning the information to prove wrongful death.
Legal Filings and the Beginning of the Wrongful Death Claims Process
In order to win a wrongful death suit, I need to prove that your loved ones death was either purposeful or due to negligence. To file a wrongful death claim you must have the correct paperwork for the legal filing..
Once the wrongful death case has been filed, a jurisdiction and venue will be assigned, as well as a judge. From this point forward, everything will take place in a court of law. As long as the civil case for wrongful death damages is filed with two years of the victim’s death, (although there are exceptions to this), the case will proceed and a notice will be served. Any family member who may be able to join in the suit will receive notice of the filing, as well as the defendant being charged with wrongful death.
The Hearing for the Wrongful Death Lawsuit
After everyone has been notified, the wrongful death claim hearing is scheduled. Everyone joined in the suit should be present for the hearing. The judge will listen to the defendant and plaintiff(s), and review all of the evidence presented by the plaintiff and their attorney(s). The plaintiffs must prove not only that the death was wrongful, but also that the plaintiff and their family deserve compensation for the tragic loss of their loved one. Wrongful death lawsuits require detailed information about the decedent’s death, and who is the responsible party.
When filing a wrongful death lawsuit, it is important to prove a wrongful act took place and resulted in the person’s death. But it also important know the economic damages you are fighting for in civil court.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits are filed to recoup:
Funeral and burial costs
These costs can include fees for services such as embalming, transportation, preparation of the body, and the casket or urn. Additionally, there may be charges for a memorial service or funeral ceremony, including fees for the location, decorations, and the officiant. Burial expenses in wrongful death cases can include costs for a grave, vault, opening and closing of the grave, headstone and flowers. You deserve to have the funeral expenses of your loved one covered. Let me help, and file your wrongful death suit for you.
Medical bills, related to loved one’s death and decedent’s pain
Medical costs related to a loved one’s death are expenses incurred from medical treatment provided to the deceased prior to their passing. Wrongful death claims include hospital stays, diagnostic tests, surgical procedures, medication, and other medical expenses. In most cases, the departed person’s estate is responsible for paying off these bills. Bring a wrongful death case to me, and let’s fight for the damages.
Minors in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Minors, including children of the deceased, can also be awarded money in a wrongful death case. In these situations, the funds are placed into a trust and a guardian ad litem is appointed in order to ensure the children will receive the money when they are of age.
- Loss of income
- Loss of companionship and consortium
- Help with household services
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages (in cases of extreme negligence or wrongful act
I will help you understand and navigate the wrongful death legal process
If someone in your family died due to the negligence of others, call me today. The sooner we discuss your wrongful death claim, the sooner we can gather the facts of the case and prove your loved ones death was the result of negligence. I will not only hold the responsible party accountable, I will ensure your family is rewarded with the largest monetary compensation possible, according to Ohio law. I’ll Make Them Pay!®