Wrongful Death – Who Can Sue
Wrongful death laws differ from state to state. In Ohio, it is the executor of the will who is responsible for making a wrongful death claim in behalf of the surviving family members or beneficiaries. If there is no specific executor of the will, the court will appoint another representative to do so.
State laws governing wrongful death can sometimes be complex and confusing – something you don’t have to deal with on your own during this profound time of loss. It is important to seek legal advice from an experienced wrongful death attorney who can help you file your claim correctly and on time.
Who are the beneficiaries?
When a loved one is lost, people closest to the deceased individual can be seriously affected – both emotionally and financially. These may include the spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent or any other recognized dependent or beneficiary of the state of Ohio.
Preparing for a Wrongful Death Case
It is an appropriate course of action to file a wrongful death case if the beneficiaries can prove that they have incurred economic and/or non-economic damages as the result of the loss of the decedent. These may include, but not limited to, the following:
Funeral and burial costs
Mental and emotional anguish
Loss of decedent’s benefits such as pension and medical coverage
Loss of anticipated future income until retirement period or death
Loss of protection, companionship, care to the dependents or survivors
General and punitive damages
Jami S. Oliver, a leading wrongful death attorney in Columbus, Ohio, can provide you with the right information about your potential wrongful death claim. Fill out our online form or call us at (614) 220-9100 to schedule a consultation about your legal options.