Who Can File an Ohio Wrongful Death Claim?Mar 15, 2019 Legal Blog Ohio Personal Injury Wrongful Death
Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident caused by another’s negligence, you are likely facing financial hardship in addition to your grief. Under Ohio law, you may have the right to file an Ohio wrongful death claim and pursue compensation that can ease your financial difficulties and help you move forward.
If you’re coping with the loss of a loved one, it is in your best interest to reach out to our highly skilled and compassionate Ohio wrongful death lawyers. At KNR, we can help you obtain justice and collect the fair compensation you may be entitled to.
Eligibility Requirements for Filing Wrongful Death Claims in Ohio
Your loved one may have passed away after a car accident, truck accident, medical malpractice, slip and fall, defective product, or any incident that was not their fault.
If you are the spouse, child, parent, or sibling of the deceased, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. After you confirm that you do meet the eligibility requirements, you will need to work with a wrongful death lawyer to prove:
- The negligence of another party led to your loved one’s death.
- If your loved one had survived, they would have been eligible to secure compensation for their injuries.
- The wrongful death is causing you to suffer damage as a surviving family member.
In Ohio, the statute of limitations or time limit for filing wrongful death claims is two years from the date the victim passed away or two years from the date you found out about the death. This makes it essential to seek legal representation as soon as possible.
What to Do After Your Loved One’s Death
A loved one’s death can leave you sad, overwhelmed, and anxious about the future. By following these steps, you’ll be able to protect yourself – emotionally and legally.
- Spend time with loved ones: After you’ve lost a loved one, make sure you spend time with other surviving family members. They can support you with daily life and be there for you as a shoulder to cry on.
- Plan the funeral: If you’d like to honor your loved one’s life, find a funeral home that they would have approved of and begin planning a funeral. You can wait until you’ve had some time to process the loss and deal with your grief if you don’t want to plan the funeral right away.
- Opt for professional support: Since your loved one’s loss is likely the most difficult life event you’ve ever gone through, it’s a good idea to meet with a counselor or therapist. You can also join a grief support group.
- Consult a wrongful death lawyer: Reach out to a wrongful death lawyer who is well-versed in Ohio wrongful death laws and can help you determine liability, collect evidence, and obtain compensation if you are eligible. The compensation can be used to help you pay for funeral costs, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of anticipated future earnings, and other damages.
Contact an Ohio Wrongful Death Lawyer at Kisling, Nestico & Redick
If your loved one tragically passed away in an accident or incident that was caused by someone’s negligent actions, call KNR immediately. While we can’t bring your loved one back, we may be able to help you move forward with your life by securing compensation in a wrongful death claim.