We are a dedicated personal injury and wrongful death law firm. Ohio law is clear: if the person who died would have been entitled to sue for personal injury, qualifying parties can take legal action on their behalf.
Speak with a wrongful death attorney in Columbus if you lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongdoing of a company, individual, or organization. You have a right to your day in court, and your family could recover compensation for loss of income, loss of support and companionship, and your loved one’s healthcare costs.
You have found the wrongful death law firm you need to protect your legal rights.
Call for a free consultation about a lawsuit. Connect with Bressman Law soon after your loved one has passed, even though it may be painful. You will find us deeply compassionate and determined to support you through the settlement process.
There are Many Situations that can Lead to Wrongful Death
At Bressman Law, we have seen many cases of negligence that result in fatal accidents. Some of the types of accidents that may result in death include:
- Workplace accidents
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Premises liability incidents
- Slip and falls
- Dog bites
This is just a brief list of situations that may lead to wrongful death in which an attorney can file a claim. When you partner with us, you will be working with a lawyer familiar with the claims process. We know what goes into building successful cases, and we are eager to serve as your advocate.
For a free legal consultation with a team member serving Columbus, call today.
You Must File Your Lawsuit on Time
Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2125.02 says that you generally have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file your wrongful death lawsuit. While some exceptions may apply to this timeline, you should not make any assumptions about your case.
If you fail to file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you risk having to pay for your losses on your own. By letting Bressman Law handle your case, we can advise you on any relevant deadlines.
Damages from Wrongful Death that Our Law Firm can Pursue
Losing a loved one is never easy, and the loss of financial and emotional support can be devastating to a family. Because you are an immediate family member or closest surviving relative, you are entitled to work with an attorney to seek compensation.
By filing a lawsuit or negotiating with the insurance company, you could recover the following losses:
- The income your loved one would have been able to earn in his or her lifetime
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
Each case is unique, and your family may be entitled to other damages that your wrongful death lawyer in Columbus can evaluate and explain.
How can a Wrongful Death Lawyer with Our Firm can Build Your Case
To recoup the cost of your damages, we can undertake the following obligations on your behalf:
We can Prove Negligence
Proving negligence in Ohio can be difficult without sufficient knowledge and resources. To “win” your case, we must use evidence to establish the following:
- The at-fault party had an obligation to act with reasonable care.
- The at-fault party violated this obligation by acting negligently.
- Your loved one passed away as a result of the negligent party’s actions.
- You have financial, physical, and psychological losses resulting from your loved one’s passing.
We will use our understanding of the law to press your case forward. A personal injury lawyer in Columbus, Ohio, experienced in dealing with wrongful death lawsuits will help you build a strong case step by step.
We can Investigate Your Loved One’s Passing
We will gather the facts of your situation to prove that you are entitled to compensation. Some useful pieces of information can include:
- The police report
- Your loved one’s medical records
- Security camera footage that captured your loved one’s accident (if available)
- Testimony from eyewitnesses
- Photos and videos of your loved one’s accident and injuries
We can also consult medical professionals and accident reconstruction specialists to learn more about the details of your loved one’s passing.
We can Address All of Your Questions and Concerns
Bressman Law has been serving personal injury clients for over 30 years. During that time, we have found that prospective clients usually have some pretty similar questions for us.
Here are some questions that you may have on your mind right now:
What if Your Loved One Contributed to their Accident?
As long as your loved one was not primarily responsible for their accident, you could still recover compensation, per ORC §2315.33. Their role in the accident will reduce the amount of money you can secure.
So, if they were 20% responsible for their accident, you would only be able to recover 80% of your damages.
How can We Calculate the Value of Your Case?
We can determine the value of your losses by using your loved one’s medical bills and employment records. We may also consult economists to determine the value of your anticipated losses.
The value of your case will also depend on:
- How your loved one passed away
- Their role in their household
- The cost of their medical bills and lost income
- The severity of their injuries
What if the Insurance Company Refuses to Settle?
If the insurance company refuses to extend a fair offer, then we can file a lawsuit against the negligent party and take them to court. To complete your lawsuit, your wrongful death lawyer serving Columbus will:
- Take depositions
- Exchange evidence with the other party’s legal team
- Present the cost of your damages with supporting information
- File your case before the statute of limitations expires
- Talk to the other party’s legal team
We will continue negotiating with the insurer even after we have filed your lawsuit.
What if the Insurance Company Treats You Unfairly?
During your time of grief, we will not tolerate any bad faith insurance practices employed by the liable insurer. While you celebrate your loved one’s life, we will handle all communications with the insurer, such as:
- Responding to their emails, phone calls, and text messages
- Rejecting any unfair offers
- Reviewing the liable party’s insurance policy
- Negotiating a settlement
Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) §3901-1-54 says that the insurance company has 15 days to respond to your claim. The insurer may drag their feet in responding to your claim, hoping that you will instead look for other avenues of recovering compensation.
In addition to managing all communications, we will keep your claim moving forward.
Connect with Bressman Law Today
Bressman Law knows Ohio law inside and out. Not only will we explain these laws to you, but we will also use our understanding to advance your case. In addition to pursuing a settlement for the damages that resulted from the negligence of another party, your attorney will also assist in determining if the will of the deceased will factor into the distribution of the settlement.
The unexpected loss of a loved one is never easy for a family. Our wrongful death law firm is dedicated to upholding your legal rights so you can focus on your family’s needs. Call to discuss working with a wrongful death lawyer in Columbus.