Need an Injury Lawyer for an Ohio Wrongful Death Accident?
Many people understand the basics of what should be done after an accident happens to them. There is a period of time where information collection, a filing process, and meeting deadlines become necessary when you want to receive the compensation you deserve after an accident. Things become a bit more difficult when you have lost a loved one in an accident.
Nobody ever expects a loved one to be taken from them too soon by the hands of a serious accident. If you have lost somebody close to you such as a parent or child, and now you want help moving forward, you should speak to an attorney immediately about your case. You have options.
Protecting Rights From the Beginning
There are some aspects that every person should remember about wrongful death claims. You want to protect your rights in any case because, while you grieve, you don’t want to have to worry about any part of your case being denied or gaining negative results. Here are some important things to remember:
- When it comes to wrongful death cases, there are still laws that dictate the statute of limitations (or time limit on how long you can apply for your case). In Ohio, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a claim. This gives you plenty of time to ensure that you understand filing specifications and have spoken to your attorney.
- You want to make sure that you have all records secured and you are not missing any information relating to the claim. This means witness statements, photographs, medical bills, and more.
- If there was a police investigation into the incident, you want to have this information. This is especially true if the police have placed fault on a specific party, as it will help your claim.
Who Has the Ability to File?
When it comes to wrongful death claims, you may think that anyone has the ability to file a claim. However, this is not necessarily true. If you are somebody who has a close, meaningful relationship with the loved one, you have the ability to file a claim. Typically, this means the child, spouse, parent, or other personal representatives who were closest to the loved one before they lost their life. If damages are recovered and many people have the ability to compensate on behalf of their loved one, then the money will be put into a special account and split amongst all parties for their losses.
Filing for Damages
When you have lost a loved one, it can be difficult to battle a period of grieving while you also struggle with finances and emotions in relation to the incident. Many people find that it becomes difficult to handle medical bills that keep accumulating, lost wages due to the loss of your loved one’s income, emotional suffering by an entire family, and punitive damages when somebody’s outright negligence has taken your loved one too soon.
When it comes to these cases, there are many damages that you and your loved ones can sustain as you attempt to get back on your feet during a difficult time. We understand that you have experienced devastating losses and want to help you in your time of need. Call us for more information on the loss of your loved one in Ohio. We are waiting to hear from you and can offer you a helping hand.