Ohio Wrongful Death
HELPING YOU HEAL AFTER THE TRAGIC LOSS OF A LOVED ONE
COMPASSIONATE LAWYERS COUNSEL FAMILIES OF WRONGFUL DEATH VICTIMS THROUGHOUT OHIO
Did a tragic accident unexpectedly take away someone you love? Are you now dealing with the heartache of losing a person close to you and feel as though you have nowhere to turn to for help? If your loved one has perished as the result of another person’s negligence, you deserve to pursue justice on his or her behalf. You deserve to hold the negligent party responsible for their careless acts.
At Crandall & Pera Law, we help clients in Chagrin Falls, Columbus, Chesterland, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and the surrounding regions file claims on behalf of victims of wrongful death. While you focus on mourning your tragic loss, we help you obtain much-needed compensation to cover the overwhelming expenses you now face. Contact us today to reserve a consult with a highly qualified Ohio wrongful death lawyer.
LEARN ABOUT WRONGFUL DEATH IN OHIO
As defined by Ohio laws, wrongful death is the death of a person caused by “wrongful act, neglect, or default” of another. In a sense, a wrongful death claim is a personal injury that must be filed by the family of the deceased, essentially on the deceased’s behalf. You have two years from the date of the death to file a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death might be caused by medical malpractice, a birth injury, a trucking or car accident, construction accident, or other type of serious event. In court, your attorney must prove that the other party’s negligent, reckless, or careless actions lead to the death of your loved one.
Ohio wrongful death statute of limitations
The statute of limitations for bringing a civil action for wrongful death in Ohio is two years from the date of death. Ohio Rev. Code § 2125.02(D)
Wrongful death settlement amounts in Ohio
When the survivors of an individual who was killed because of the negligent or wrongful acts of another file a wrongful death claim, the question about how much their wrongful death claim is worth is likely at the forefront of their minds. The amount of a wrongful death settlement is determined based on many variables that will be different in every case.
A wrongful death claim might be settled between the parties or there may be a lawsuit. If a wrongful death claim is tried in court, the jury may award damages which they determine are proportional to the injury and loss to the beneficiaries. Damages in a wrongful death claim are intended to compensate surviving dependents for the losses that the deceased incurred because of the accident including lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. Wrongful death damages also compensate the beneficiaries for the loss of the presence of the deceased in their lives, the loss of an inheritance they might have received and compensation for their mental anguish for the loss of their loved one.
CAN I FILE A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT?
In general, the immediate family of the deceased may be entitled to compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit. This includes:
- Spouse of the deceased
- Children of the deceased
- Parents of the deceased
They are presumed to have suffered losses due to the death. Non-immediate family, such as aunts, uncles, grandparents, and others, are not automatically presumed to have suffered losses, but may be able to obtain compensation if they can prove they sustained losses as well.
At Crandall & Pera Law, we understand how a terrible and sudden death in the family can destroy your life. Now grieving over the loss of someone you love, you might also be facing steep costs related to his or her death, which only adds to the stress. Under Ohio law, you may be entitled to compensation for the economic and non-economic losses you have incurred.
EXAMPLES OF WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS IN OHIO
Many tragic accidents can lead to an unexpected death in a variety of settings. Wrongful death is frequently the result of medical malpractice, including:
- Emergency room errors
- Dangerous drugs/improper administration of drugs
- Surgical and anesthesia errors
- Failure to diagnosis an infection or condition
- Delayed diagnosis
An especially horrific example of wrongful death is the passing of a baby or newborn as the result of a birth injury, birth trauma, poor prenatal or postpartum care, or other instance of medical negligence.
Wrongful death might also be the result of a car accident, trucking accident, or construction accident such as:
- Falling from a height
- Defective machinery accident
- Motor vehicle collision
Let an experienced Ohio lawyer walk you through your wrongful death case. We will be with you every step of the way.
WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYERS IN OHIO TIPPING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE IN YOUR FAVOR
Matching compassionate counsel with legal savvy makes the Ohio personal injury lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law one of the strongest wrongful death teams in the state. Our clients have recovered millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements due to our superior negotiation skills and dedication to our clients. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to reserve a consultation at one of our five Ohio offices, conveniently located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland, and Chagrin Falls.