Wrongful Death from a Car Accident

January 18, 2012

Wrongful Death

wrongful death from car accidentIf you have lost a loved one in a fatal car crash, there are things that you can do.  Unfortunately, nothing exists to bring your loved one back; however, experienced Ohio wrongful death lawyers can assist you with looking into your legal options with regard to securing monetary compensation for items such as doctor bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering and a variety of other economic and non-economic damages.  When a person has been killed in an automobile accident due to the negligence or fault of someone else, there is a claim for wrongful death.

In the state of Ohio, it is required that the decedent’s “personal representative” bring a wrongful death lawsuit.  That personal representative is typically the executor or administrator of the decedent’s estate.  This representative is the only person with authority to bring a wrongful death claim, and this person brings the claim on behalf of the spouse, children or other next of kin (such as parents, siblings and grandparents).

Oftentimes, family members are far too grief stricken to handle the legal issues that go with a wrongful death claim; nonetheless, if there is a surviving spouse or young children, legal action against the party at fault might be essential in order to provide for their financial security in the future.  Therefore, it is crucial that a responsible family member take on the burden of finding a qualified wrongful death lawyer to take action immediately.

If the decedent is survived by a spouse or dependent children, there is also a claim for the financial support that the decedent would have given to those family members during his or her lifetime.  The family might also be entitled to damages for funeral expenses, hospital bills, mental anguish and loss of consortium.

You should also note that even if the victim is at fault to a certain extent, the family may still be entitled to recover partial damages.  Ohio is a comparative fault state, and the law states that in cases where more than one person causes an accident, the fault is shared by the parties. If you believe that you would benefit from the services of caring and aggressive Ohio wrongful death lawyers who are prepared to fight for your rights, please contact the Law Offices of Slater & Zurz LLP for a FREE consultation by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

To learn more about wrongful death cases in Ohio, please visit www.slaterzurz.com.

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Slater & Zurz LLP is an Ohio law firm of highly experienced and respected attorneys. Over the last 40 years, we have developed a reputation for getting positive results for clients. We've been trusted with handling over 20,000 personal injury cases and our clients have received more than $120,000,000.

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