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Columbus Wrongful Death Claims
Unfortunate deaths are often caused by the recklessness and negligence of others. And to make your loss even more difficult, you may now be forced to deal with a serious financial burden on top of your grief. Remember, if you are a surviving family member of someone wrongfully killed, you can take legal action.
Whatever your situation, the dedicated legal team at KNR offers considerable experience and proven success in Franklin County wrongful death cases. Let our Columbus wrongful death lawyers explain the law and how you may be entitled to compensation.
Call (614) 487-8669 to find out how you can recover everything you and your family need to move forward. We offer 100% free initial consults and no costs unless you get compensation.
What Is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful deaths occur when a loss of life is caused by another person or party’s negligence or unjust actions. Unlike homicides, wrongful death is commonly unintended. Nonetheless, if a person’s death was caused by factors that were under the control of another person, that party may be held financially liable for the economic and other harms inflicted.
Columbus Wrongful Death: Frequent Causes
- Fatal Car Accidents
- Fatal Truck Accidents
- Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
- Deaths Caused by Defective Products
- Fatal Slip and Fall Accidents
- Deaths From Medial Negligence
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In all wrongful death cases, someone must file on the deceased’s behalf. In most cases, the person who files the lawsuit is also the executor of the deceased’s estate. However, others can pursue wrongful death claims.
Individuals that can take legal action are:
- Family members of the deceased, including spouses and children
- The deceased’s life partner or domestic partner
- Distant family members
- Parents who experienced the wrongful death of their child in the womb
Wrongful Death: Compensation
When a family member is fatally injured, it may cause a tremendous financial strain. However, Ohio wrongful death law ( Ohio Revised Code 2125.01) gives loved ones the right to recover damages on behalf of the deceased. This compensation is different than what’s available in a survival action because it represents the damages that would have otherwise been available to the deceased party had they not passed away.
In wrongful death cases, financial damages include, but are not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of financial contributions
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of prospective inheritance
- Loss of loved one’s comfort and security
A wrongful death lawsuit can be pursued regardless of whether a person is found guilty of harming the deceased individual in criminal proceedings.
At KNR, we have decades of experience and a record of success in Columbus wrongful death claims. For instance, we secured $150,000 for the family of a pedestrian killed by an impaired driver. Let us discuss the options available to you and how to recover all the compensation you deserve.
Wrongful death vs. Survival Actions
In Ohio, survival actions are very similar to the claims made in a wrongful death lawsuit. While the financial losses available under the wrongful death laws refer to the deceased’s family, survival actions seek funds for the deceased’s pain and suffering as well as lost wages that the deceased might have earned.
Columbus Wrongful Death FAQs
Do Wrongful Death Claims Have Time Limits?
You usually have two years from when the death happened to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While some exceptions exist, if you file a wrongful death claim after the statute of limitations, your case may be dismissed.
How Much Is My Wrongful Death Claim Worth?
Compensation in wrongful death cases vary significantly based on the facts and circumstances. While there is no average wrongful death settlement, you can better understand your case and what to expect by speaking with a lawyer.
How Can I Prove a Wrongful Death Occurred?
To establish that another’s negligence resulted in your loved one’s death, you must demonstrate:
- The party at fault had a duty of care toward your loved one
- The party breached this duty by failing to act reasonably under the circumstances
- The breach of this duty caused your loved one’s fatal injuries
- Your loved one suffered damages that you can be compensated for
For instance, if your loved one dies in a fatal car accident, you and your lawyer will need to show that the other driver had a duty to follow the traffic laws but breached this duty by driving recklessly and suffered serious injuries because of the collision. Finally, you’ll have to demonstrate that your loved one suffered financial harm prior to their passing.
KNR’s Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help
Wrongful death cases are usually complex, and large insurance companies will likely try to reduce their policyholder’s degree of responsibility, so they pay less. When your case involves significant medical bills and other losses or to ensure you recover the maximum, you should consult a capable lawyer.
The Columbus wrongful death attorneys at KNR will:
- Answer your questions and concerns
- Keep you updated during all stages of the process
- Obtain medical and financial records about the extent of your losses
- Identify the responsible party
- Determine the fair and full value of your damages
- Negotiate for maximum compensation
- Fight for everything you deserve in court if necessary
Contact KNR Today. Free Consults.
You don’t have to go through a wrongful death case alone. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we know how to get the justice, answers, and financial relief you deserve after a tragic loss. With multiple locations across Ohio, KNR is never far away, and our dedicated legal team will do everything in their power to secure the maximum and hold the right party accountable.