Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Claims In Ohio
Losing a loved one can be a nightmare on so many levels – emotionally, socially, spiritually and financially. If you’re considering a wrongful death claim, talk to our lawyers at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co. L.P.A. in Toledo. We have more than a century of combined experience handling these difficult and often complex cases.
Below are answers to common questions about wrongful death claims. We are available to answer your specific questions during a free consultation.
What can I expect after the wrongful death of a family member?
The logistics of dealing with such a loss can quickly become overwhelming. You will have to navigate estate issues with regard to their property, financial accounts, life insurance and other wishes. Additionally, you may be faced with financial issues such as:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills – for example, ambulance services and ICU (intensive care unit) treatment
- Supporting yourself and your children, including child care expenses
- Calls from collections and creditors
If your loved one required extensive medical care, you may be left with millions of dollars in medical bills on top of unimaginable grief. You shouldn’t have to shoulder all those burdens alone. Our firm can help you deal with all of the legal ramifications, from estate issues to wrongful death claims.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Surviving family members have legal standing to file wrongful death claims. Generally that means the surviving spouse or, if there is no spouse, the adult children. First, however, you will have to establish your loved one’s estate because the wrongful death claim must be brought in the name of the estate administrator.
You may be tempted to talk to an estate planning lawyer, but unless you already have an established relationship with one, contact our firm first. We can help you with both the estate process and the wrongful death claim. We can guide you through the entire process. If you’re already working with an estate attorney, we can collaborate with them.
What amount of compensation can my family expect from a wrongful death lawsuit?
Every case is different. The amount of compensation (or damages) you can obtain will depend on factors such as:
- The financial toll of your loved one’s death, including funeral costs and medical expenses
- The amount of financial support your loved one would have provided during their life
- Your loved one’s age at the time of death
- The amount of insurance coverage available
You may be entitled to compensation not only for the expenses you’ve incurred relating to your loss, but also for the pain and suffering of your loved one, your loss of their companionship and, in extreme cases, punitive damages for behavior that was malicious or reflected a disregard for human life.
Talk to our lawyers about whether you have a wrongful death case and, if so, what kinds of compensation may be available.
Should I call an attorney after a wrongful death?
Absolutely. Ohio has a relatively swift deadline (statute of limitations) for filing wrongful death claims. Because these cases take time to investigate and build, the sooner you contact a lawyer, the better your chances of success.
Get Answers To Your Questions During A Free Consultation
You have nothing to lose by contacting us for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can review your case and advise you on your options for pursuing a wrongful death claim. Call 419-719-5195 to get started.