Statute of Limitations
Ohio state law gives you two years to file a wrongful death claim from the date of death. It’s important to reach out to an experienced, local wrongful death attorney as soon as possible because it will take time for them to gather evidence to present in your case.
A wrongful death claim needs to be filed to prove negligence was to blame, and to outline the compensation you are seeking. The period between filing the lawsuit and going to trial can take several months. During this time, your wrongful death attorney will handle any communication related to the wrongful death case on your behalf. They will obtain all the documentation and information needed to proceed with your case.
Damages awarded in a wrongful death case fall into two categories. The jury may award compensation for costs incurred between the accident and the death, which often includes the deceased’s medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The jury may also award compensation for damages incurred by the surviving family members after the victim’s death. In Ohio, a wrongful death suit doesn’t just cover the cash value of the deceased’s earnings, but also allows for damages to compensate for other losses, including companionship, mental anguish, suffering, and financial support including a loss of inheritance you would’ve received had the deceased lived a natural life.
Going through the legal process is a daunting task to take on when you’re grieving the death of a loved one. However, seeking justice for your family can provide financial security and possibly give some closure that you held the negligent party responsible. Your wrongful death lawyer will be a comforting asset and prepare you for the legal process.
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