Wrongful Death Attorney in Columbus Ohio
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Under Ohio law, surviving family members are entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim when their loved one is killed as a result of the wrongful acts of another person or company. If you have lost a loved one as a result of the negligence of others, contact Rourke & Blumenthal to discuss your legal rights.
Rourke & Blumenthal has handled wrongful death claims stemming from all different kinds of negligent conduct, including truck crashes, car and motorcycle crashes, medical errors, defective products, unsafe premises, and workplace accidents. We encourage you to visit the Verdicts and Settlement Page for examples of the successes that we have had helping families in wrongful death cases. When we take on a wrongful death case for a family, our dedicated attorneys and staff handle all of the stresses that come with the legal process so that our clients can focus on getting their lives back in order after the tragedy.
Wrongful death cases can be expensive to pursue, difficult to prove, and strongly defended by big corporations and insurance companies. What sets Rourke & Blumenthal apart from most law firms is that we have access and experience working with the top experts in all different fields to help prove the case for our clients, we possess the financial resources to fund significant cases so that the defense does not win the case by simply outspending the plaintiff, and our legal team has handled many significant and complex wrongful death cases over the years. In all wrongful death cases, we aggressively work to determine all of the losses, both economic and emotional, suffered by the family in order to achieve the best possible recovery for our clients.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
According to Ohio law, the “personal representative” of the deceased person’s estate must bring the wrongful death claim to court. The personal representative can be a family member or another person, as long as it is not an entity, such as corporation or business. The personal representative is either designated in the will as the executor or is appointed by the probate court as the administration of the estates.
The following family members can be compensated in a wrongful death case:
- The surviving spouse of the deceased person
- Any surviving children, including adopted children
- The surviving parents of the deceased person
- Other next of kin of the deceased person
According to the statute of limitations in Ohio, the personal representative has two years from the date of the deceased individual’s death to file a wrongful death action. If he or she attempts to file a wrongful death lawsuit after those two years have passed, the defendant will most likely ask the court to dismiss the case, and the court will comply with that request.
Damages in an Ohio wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Loss of income and financial support
- Loss of the services of the deceased individual
- Loss of care and companionship
- Loss of prospective inheritance
- Mental anguish as the result of the untimely death
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