Ohio Wrongful Death Lawyer
The death of a loved one can never be made right by monetary compensation, but wrongful death compensation can offset the financial burden which so often accompanies the loss. If someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing caused your loved one’s death, please talk to our Ohio wrongful death lawyer right away.
Those who can receive compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit, in Ohio, include:
- Parents (with the exception of a parent who has abandoned the minor child)
- Other next of kin
Compensation for Wrongful Death
Compensation for wrongful death can include:
- Loss of financial support based on expected earning capacity
- Loss of inheritance
- Lost services, such as housekeeping, home maintenance, and child care
- Loss of companionship, consortium, care, protection, assistance, advice, guidance, counsel, instruction, training, and education
- Mental anguish
Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death lawsuits are civil, not criminal, actions. They are meant to compensate loved ones financially, shifting the burden to the responsible party. Wrongful death law is not designed to punish the responsible party, although in extreme cases punitive damages may be available.
A wrongful death lawsuit is brought by a personal representative of the deceased, but there can be many beneficiaries.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought for any reason that the deceased could have brought a personal injury lawsuit, if death had not occurred. Examples include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home neglect
- Defective drugs
- Defective products
- Construction accidents
- Toxic exposure
- Premises liability, such as slip and fall
Statute of Limitations
There is a time limit for filing a wrongful death lawsuit called the statute of limitations. In general, the statute of limitations in wrongful death is two years after the date of death. However, there are some circumstances that can mean you have more or less time to take action.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, in Ohio, please call a wrongful death lawyer of The Thompson Law Firm at 1-614-461-9000 or toll free 1-800-461-9013 or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.