What is a wrongful death lawyer?
If a member of your family died in an accident, the wrongful death attorneys serving Delaware, Ohio are standing by, ready to help you. You and other surviving family members may be eligible to recover a payout for the damages you sustained as a result of losing your loved one.
Bressman Law can help you pursue the compensation your family deserves, identifying the liable party, and holding them accountable for their actions. Call us today at 877-538-1116 for your no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation with a member of our team.
Recoverable Damages in a Delaware, Ohio Wrongful Death Case
A wrongful death action allows surviving family members to recover the damages they sustained as a result of their loved one passing away in the accident. This can vary depending on the relationship you had with your lost loved one. For this reason, Ohio courts evaluate the value of each eligible family member’s damages separately. We file one case, but everyone eligible gets a payout.
Some of the types of damages available in a wrongful death case may include:
- The loss of your loved one’s future income and benefits
- The loss of their retirement and inheritance
- The loss of companionship, guidance, and emotional support from your loved one
- Your own mental and emotional anguish
- Related costs you had to pay, such as funeral and burial costs
In some cases, we can also pursue an additional legal action on your family’s behalf -a survivorship claim. This type of claim attempts to recover the damages your loved one could recover from a personal injury lawsuit if they were still alive. It includes medical care costs, property damages, pain and suffering, and more. The proceeds from this type of action go to your loved one’s estate.
Many Types of Personal Injury Accidents Can Support Wrongful Death Actions
Many families reach out to us and are not sure if they have a case. We never mind — we will review the facts of your loved one’s accident for free and help you understand your rights.
If your loved one suffered injuries and passed away following an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you likely have a case. We will identify all potentially liable parties and investigate to identify the at-fault party. Then, we will take action to hold them accountable.
Serious injuries and death can result from almost any type of personal injury accident. Some of the most common include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool accidents
- Other types of negligence accidents and incidents
Only Certain Family Members Qualify to Receive Compensation Under Ohio Law
Ohio limits who can receive compensation in a wrongful death case. The state’s wrongful death laws require a personal representative to step forward and lead the action, representing all the eligible surviving family members. This person is often an eligible family member themselves but does not have to be.
Ohio law limits wrongful death actions to:
- The surviving and legally married spouse
- Any minor children of the deceased
- Any adult children of the deceased
- The parents of the deceased
If the case goes to court, the court will evaluate the damages of each eligible surviving family member independently. In some wrongful death cases, a family member not on this list may be able to recover economic damages if they can show they had significant expenses related to the accident or their loved one’s death. For example, if a grandparent paid for a funeral and burial.
Bressman Law Can Take on Your Wrongful Death Case Today
Attorney David Bressman has more than 30 years of experience serving personal injury clients. He understands how to navigate the claims system, put a fair value on a case, and negotiate a fair out-of-court settlement. If the insurance company will not budge, he has the courtroom experience to take your case in front of a judge and fight for the payout you and other family members deserve.
David Bressman and the Bressman Law team can answer your questions and help you understand your options if your loved one passed away after a Delaware, Ohio, accident or incident. A Bressman Law wrongful death lawyer serving Delaware, Ohio will collect evidence to prove negligence and liability and hold the at-fault party liable for their actions.
Reach out to us today by calling 877-538-1116 and let us review your case for free.
Ohio Generally Only Gives Us Two Years to Take Legal Action
Like other states, Ohio puts a limit on how long we have to take legal action against the party who caused your loved one’s passing. In Ohio, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit based on wrongful death. When we review your case, we may be able to tell you if this time limit will apply in your case.
Because we may only have a limited time to file a wrongful death lawsuit, we need to get to work as soon as possible after your loved one passes away. Reach out to us within the first days or weeks, if possible. This gives us enough time to build a strong case, attempt an out-of-court settlement, and take legal action on your family’s behalf.
Talk to Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Serving Delaware County, Ohio
If a member of your immediate family passed away after suffering injuries in an accident, the Bressman Law team will look at your case for free. Let us review your case to determine if you are eligible to pursue compensation for the losses you suffered through a wrongful death action.
We can meet with you in Delaware, Delaware County, or elsewhere in or around Columbus and Central Ohio and take on your case based on an accident that occurred here. Let us review your case at no cost to you. We also handle all personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency basis. We do not get paid until you do.
Call 877-538-1116 today to get started with your complimentary consultation.