Wrongful Death Lawyers in Ohio

Dealing with the sudden death of a loved one is heartbreaking for family members. Life comes to a complete halt as you try to comprehend what has happened. When your family member was killed by the negligence of another person, it can be even more difficult to process. Wrongful death statutes vary from state to state, but in Ohio, a wrongful death is when a loved one dies as the result of the negligence, default, or wrongful action of another individual. A wrongful death lawsuit involves a claim for injuries by the surviving family members of a deceased person to receive compensation for damages due to the unexpected death. If you lost a loved one due to the careless action or inactions of others, contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer immediately to discuss your case.

The following surviving family members may be able to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • The spouse of the deceased individual
  • Children of the deceased (includes adopted children)
  • The parents of the deceased individual

It is important to understand that a wrongful death is a separate entity from any criminal charges that the alleged killer may face in a court of law. You should also remember that any monetary damages in a wrongful death lawsuit are for compensating surviving family members for pain and suffering.

While legal issues may be the furthest thing from your mind at this time, it is important to consider bringing a wrongful death claim. Your family may be entitled to financial compensation for the great loss you have endured. If you or your family has experienced a loss as a result of negligence, intentional wrongful actions, or default of another individual, you may want to consider hiring a wrongful death attorney to help you receive compensation for your pain and suffering. A lawyer will be able to assist you in filing a claim to receive the justice your family deserves. It may be a difficult time in your life, but you should be aware that there are wrongful death lawyers that can help you in your time of need.

 Variations of Ohio Wrongful Death Actions

A family member or representative of the family can initiate several different kinds of wrongful death claims in the state of Ohio. All of the wrongful death actions include the following accidents:

  • Vehicle accidents (car, truck, motorcycle, planes, and trains)
  • Product defect accidents
  • Prescription medication errors
  • Medical malpractice resulting from medical mistakes or wrongful diagnosis
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Building and home fires
  • Criminal conduct that causes death like DWIs
  • Exposure to dangerous or toxic substances at work

Wrongful Death Claims Brought On Behalf Of The Family Members

According to Ohio wrongful death laws, immediate family members can sue for their emotional and economic losses caused by the death of their loved one. However, usually, only one family member will need to be selected as the representative for all beneficiaries. This representative will be the named plaintiff in the wrongful death case and can seek compensation for:

  • Loss of support from the reasonably expected earning capacity of the deceased
  • Loss of services of the deceased
  • Loss of companionship, consortium, care, assistance, attention, protection, advice, guidance, counsel, instruction, training, and education
  • Loss of any future inheritance from the deceased
  • Mental anguish suffered by beneficiaries

In some cases, family members can also bring a lawsuit on behalf of the deceased, which accounts for any pain and suffering the deceased experienced before death or any injuries that led to death. Retaining an experienced wrongful death lawyer can be the first step in beginning the healing process. A skilled wrongful death lawyer can offer you peace in a terrible time by dealing with the turmoil caused by the death of your loved one while you focus on dealing with your loss.

Possible Damages for an Ohio Wrongful Death Lawsuit

When you decide to pursue legal action, your wrongful death attorney will meet with you to discuss the specifics of your case and let you know which damages your family may be eligible to receive. In many instances, damages vary depending on the nature of the accident and your lawyer will be able to explain it to you and your family. Your family may be eligible to receive the following damages:

  • Compensation for the emotional pain and suffering your family experiences
  • Loss of financial support and earnings potential of your deceased family member
  • Loss of companionship, intimacy, care, attention, protection, and advice from your deceased family member
  • Loss of future inheritance from your deceased family member

You will not be able to receive punitive damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Your wrongful death lawyer will also notify you of the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Ohio. You have two years from the date of the death of your loved one to file a lawsuit and given everything your family will have to deal with; it is a good idea to hire a wrongful death lawyer to make sure you do not miss any critical deadlines relating to your case.

After A Fatal Accident: Getting The Right Legal Help From An Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer

It is important to understand that although a wrongful death lawsuit will never be able to bring your loved one back, it can provide your family with the compensation to pay any expenses relating to the death of your loved one like medical bills and funeral costs. A wrongful death lawyer can help you receive monetary damages to compensate your family for losing the main breadwinner of the family so you will be able to provide for the surviving family members.

At Chester Law Group, helping others is what we do. This includes wrongful death and survival claims. When clients come to us with these legal issues, their world has just collapsed from underneath them. They are grieving, in pain, and confused as to who can be held accountable. Our wrongful death lawyers are here to assist you in your time of need. Let us use our experience to help you get justice for your family. When you are in the middle of grieving the loss of your loved one, you should not have to worry about how you will be able to provide for your family in the future. We are here to support you in your time of need and want you to focus on being with your family to celebrate the life and accomplishments of your deceased loved one.

As your legal counsel, we are here to help you with everything. We will help you understand how the laws apply to your family, what your expectations should be, and all available options for proceeding. We understand that you need to focus on your family during this difficult time. Our wrongful death lawyers will do everything they can to take the stress out of the legal process.

We care about the well-being of your family and want to make sure you have the time to focus on the healing process while we handle your legal battle. Our wrongful death lawyers can answer any questions about the wrongful death legal proceedings for your deceased loved one so you will know what to expect and about how long the process will take. We are here to make your life a little easier so you can spend time with your family and friends and take the time to process your loss and deal with your grief.

There is no case that is too difficult for us to handle, we are here to give you and your family all the support you need to get through the heartbreak of losing someone dear to you and your family. Our wrongful death attorneys know and understand that there is nothing that can replace the love you received from your deceased family member, and there is nothing that can bring them back, but we want to take the confusing legal process off your plate so you can focus on healing. No matter how long it takes, we will be here for you for the duration.

The only way to find out if our wrongful death lawyers can help you and your family is to schedule an appointment for a consultation. One of our experienced wrongful death lawyers will be happy to sit down with you and explain every aspect of the legal proceeding so you will know what to expect. Retaining a wrongful death lawyer will also take some of the burdens off your shoulders so you can grieve without unnecessary worry. We are here to help you in any way we can. The Chester Law Group cannot help you if you do not reach out to us. Call us today so we can get started on your case.

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients’ cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client’s case. Litigation co-counsel is listed where appropriate.

  • Traumatic Injury to Mother and Unborn Child/ Cuyahoga County/ Premises Liability/ Wrongful Death.

    Our pregnant client was severely injured by a motor vehicle while sitting on a bench in front of a commercial establishment. Injuries resulted in a child born with severe brain damage and multiple disabilities. Sadly, the child died within a year of the accident. Liability attached to the premises owner for unsafe condition of the customer parking in relation to the bench. Our investigation uncovered a prior incident and notice to the premises owner of the unsafe condition. Primary recovery from the premises owner for Injuries and Wrongful Death.

    Awarded: Total awarded for injuries and Wrongful Death: $985,000

  • WRONGFUL DEATH: ELDERLY MICHIGAN MAN. ONE-CAR OHIO ACCIDENT. OVER $1,000,000 IN ECONOMIC DAMAGES.

    Our client, an elderly Michigan man, was killed when his friend lost control of the vehicle the friend was driving in Ohio. Our client left behind a loving wife and daughter. Economic damages, such as lost wages, were over $1,000,000. The insurance company for the party at fault fought liability and injury causation during litigation but a settlement was reached in January 2014 just before trial.

    Awarded: Confidential Settlement; January 2014

  • WRONGFUL DEATH: ONE-CAR ACCIDENT: HUSBAND FROM LEBANON, OHIO KILLED. CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT.

    Our client, a male Ohio resident from Lebanon, Ohio, was killed in a one-car accident while he was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle lost control and all four people in the vehicle were killed. Our sincere condolences go out to his family. There was not enough auto insurance.

    Settlement: Insurance limits; February 2014

  • CAR ACCIDENT: WRONGFUL DEATH: MIDDLE-AGED NORTHEAST OHIO MAN DIED. ALMOST $900,000 IN ECONOMIC DAMAGES.

    Our client was a middle-aged man from northeast Ohio. He was killed in an auto accident. His future lost wages and other economic damages totaled almost $900,00. Liability was in doubt on this case. We argued that the party at fault crossed a double yellow line on the road. The case was settled before a jury trial was necessary. Insurance was insufficient.  Our sincere condolences to his family. Litigation Co-counsel was Lynn Lazarro.

    Settlement: Confidential Settlement; January 2014

  • MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: WRONGFUL DEATH: $850,000; FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE TOXIC KIDNEY STONE.

    Our client, an Ohio resident in her eighties, went in for treatment of kidney stones. It was our position that the doctor did not do the proper testing to determine if the kidney stones were toxic. When the doctor dissolved the kidney stones, the toxic remains killed our client. We co-counseled this claim which settled for $850,000 before trial. There was very little in economic damages due to our client’s advanced age. We are sorry for her family’s loss.

    Awarded: $850,000; January 2013

  • WRONGFUL DEATH: RAILROAD ACCIDENT: 12-YEAR-OLD BOY KILLED. CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT.

    Our client was a 12-year-old Northwest Ohio boy who was out walking near parked train cars in his backyard. The railroad company moved the trains and ran over the little boy. We argued that the railroad company was negligent for not inspecting the train tracks before moving train cars and for violating their own safety protocols. After extensive litigation discovery, we negotiated a confidential settlement in November of 2013. Liability was very weak. Confidentiality and secrecy are often conditions of settlement in these types of cases. Litigation co-counsel was Larry Scanlon.

    Settlement: Confidential Settlement: November 2013

  • WRONGFUL DEATH; YOUNG WOMAN KILLED IN TRUCK ACCIDENT | LICKING COUNTY WRONGFUL DEATH. INSURANCE POLICY LIMITS.

    An 18-year-old female from Newark was in a drunk driving truck accident after a truck being driven by man from Westerville ran a red light. The accident occurred on SR 310 in St. Albans Township. She died while on route to the hospital. In this case there was not enough insurance to come anywhere close to fully compensate the family of the deceased.

    This happens quite often in wrongful death cases. The party at fault has little or no insurance or leaves the scene for fear of being arrested. The client does not have enough auto insurance to cover the medical bills or injuries sustained. Most of the time in Ohio, the party at fault has no assets to recover, which makes the bad situation even worse.

    Settlement: Insurance Policy Limits

  • WRONGFUL DEATH: TRAILER CRASH; HUSBAND/FATHER KILLED. INSURANCE POLICY LIMITS.

    Our client, an Ohio resident, husband and father, was a passenger in a vehicle pulling an enclosed trailer. The driver of the vehicle failed to negotiate a left hand turn and our client was ejected from the vehicle and subsequently died. We are sorry for his family’s loss. Limited auto insurance.

    Settlement: Insurance Policy limits

  • WRONGFUL DEATH: AUTO COLLISION: 82-YEAR-OLD WOMAN: LEFT OF CENTER IMPACT. INSURANCE POLICY LIMITS.

    Our client, an 82-year-old woman from Columbus, Ohio, was killed in an auto collision in Franklin County, Ohio. The party at fault went left of center and struck the vehicle my client was in. Sadly, my client suffered for a period of time after the collision and subsequently died as a result of her injuries. We are sorry for her family’s loss. Insurance was insufficient.

    Settlement: Insurance Policy Limits

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City: Washington, OhioCounty: Defiance, OhioDate of Accident: September 7, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Cycle Accident – 2004 Harley Davidson An accident, which caused fatal injuries for Michael E. Balzar, a 59-year-old man from Bryan, Ohio, occurred in Washington, Defiance, Ohio, on September 7, 2013 at approximately 4:15 in the evening. According to police reports, the…

29 Year Old Man Killed in Butler, OH, Speeding Crash

City: Liberty, OhioCounty: Butler, OhioDate of Accident: September 14, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer An early morning crash that was allegedly caused by a 29 year old driver who exceeded the speed limit, resulted in his death in Liberty, Butler, Ohio, on September 14, 2013 at approximately 3:38 am. Reports…

49 Y-O Man Killed in Brecksville, Cuyahoga Ohio Crash

49 Y-O Man Killed in Brecksville, Cuyahoga Ohio Crash City: Brecksville, OhioCounty: Cuyahoga, OhioDate of Accident: September 5, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 1998 Pontiac Grand Am September 5, 2013 at approximately 8:02 pm signaled the occurrence of a crash that caused fatal injuries to a 49 year old man, Curtis J. Steggles…

Bicycle Crash Kills 55 Year Old Man in Wood, Ohio

Bicycle Crash Kills 55 Year Old Man in Wood, Ohio City: Perrysburg, OhioCounty: Wood, OhioDate of Accident: September 12, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2005 Bicycle / 2009 Pontiac Vibe A bicycle crashed and claimed the life of a 55 year old man in Perrysburg, Wood, Ohio, on September 12, 2013 at approximately…

VW Bug/Buick Overturns, 1 Killed, 2 Elderly Injured in Stark, OH

City: Paris, OhioCounty: Stark, OhioDate of Accident: September 11, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 1968 Volkswagen Bug / 2013 Buick A 20-year-old man, Timothy J. Henderson of Minerva, Ohio, was killed and two elderly people injured, following an accident that occurred on Whiteacre Avenue in Paris, Stark, Ohio on September 11, 2013 at…

33 Year Old Man Killed in Pickaway, OH Accident

City: Jackson, OhioCounty: Pickaway, OhioDate of Accident: September 7, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 An accident that occurred in Jackson, Pickaway, Ohio, claimed the life of a 33 year old man on September 7, 2013 at approximately 4:45 am. Reports from the OSHP are that the man was driving…

Horrendous 4 Vehicle Crash in Ottawa, OH Kills 2 and Injures 8

City: Erie, OhioCounty: Ottawa, OhioDate of Accident: September 2, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2009 Honda Accord / 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan / 2013 Chevrolet / 1994 Lexus 400 Four vehicles crashed in a horrendous accident that occurred on State Route 2 in Erie, Ottawa, Ohio on September 2, 2013 at approximately 4:49…

1 Killed, 1 Injured in SR 201 Crash in Miami, OH

City: Elizabeth, OhioCounty: Miami, OhioDate of Accident: September 5, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2011 Volkswagen Golf / 1995 Ford Ranger A car collided with a pickup on State Route 201 in Elizabeth, Miami, Ohio and resulted in fatal injuries for a 65 year old woman, Marsha L. Croft of Vandalia, Ohio, and…

Elderly Woman Killed, 1 Injured in Meigs, Ohio SUV Crash

City: Salisbury, OhioCounty: Meigs, OhioDate of Accident: September 7, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2011 Chevrolet / 1998 Ford Explorer 2 A SUV crashed and claimed the life of a 72 year old woman of Fairfax VA, while injuring a 31 year old woman in Salisbury, Meigs, Ohio, on September 7, 2013 at…

2 Killed in Lorain, OH as Car Overturns and Crashes

City: Eaton, OhioCounty: Lorain, OhioDate of Accident: September 1, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 1965 Chrysler Lorain police received several 911 calls about the horrific Township Route 127 crash at Reed Road, which claimed the lives of two people. According to reports from the police, on September 1, 2013 at approximately 8:19 pm,…

Car Strikes Ditch, Overturns into Fence Kills Man in Jackson, OH

City: Liberty, OhioCounty: Jackson, OhioDate of Accident: August 28, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 1993 Ford Escort A fatal crash occurred in Liberty, Jackson, Ohio, which claimed the life of a 53 year old man, Steven Wayne Landrum on August 28, 2013 at approximately 00:001 am. Police reports state that the man was…

Motorcycle/Chevy Crashes in Highland, OH; 1 Killed, 1 Injured

City: Hillsboro, OhioCounty: Highland, OhioDate of Accident: August 16, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 1994 Harley Davidson / 2013 Chevrolet T & T Towing was called to remove two vehicles from the scene of a crash that occurred in Hillsboro, Highland, Ohio and resulted in death for a 52 year old man and…

Pickup Overturns in Fulton, Ohio and Kills 23 Y-O Man

City: Fulton, OhioCounty: Fulton, OhioDate of Accident: August 11, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 1999 Ford F150 County Road J in Fulton, Fulton, Ohio, was the scene of a pickup crash, which resulted in death for a 23-year-old man, Nathaniel S. Parsons. Police reports are that at approximately 2:00 am on August 11,…

Elderly Couple Killed as Buick Strikes Ditch in Fayette, OH

City: Jefferson Township, OhioCounty: Fayette, OhioDate of Accident: August 16, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2004 Buick Lesaber A fatal crash occurred on Federal Highway 35 in Jefferson Township, Fayette, Ohio, on August 16, 2013 at approximately 7:22 pm, which resulted in an elderly couple being killed. According to reports supplied by the…

Ashland, Ohio, Car Strikes Embankment; Kills 22 Year Old Female

City: Lake, OhioCounty: Ashland, OhioDate of Accident: August 16, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2005 Scion TC / 2004 GMC 22 year- old April. H. Yoder of Bourbon, IN was killed and two elderly men, 61 year old Robert L. Sivey of Shreve, OH and 72 year old Fred H. Wolf of Lakeville,…

Honda Struck by ATV in Ashtabula, Ohio, 56 Year Old Man Killed

City: Orwell, OhioCounty: Ashtabula, OhioDate of Accident: August 10, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2013 Honda ATV Residents of Orwell, Ashtabula, Ohio, were present on the scene of an early morning accident in which a 56-year-old man, Carl .L. Olah Jnr. of Orwell, Ohio, was killed on August 10, 2013 at approximately 00:41…

52 Year Old Man Killed; 45 Year Old Man Injured in Union, OH Crash

City: Millcreek, OhioCounty: Union, OhioDate of Accident: August 3, 2013Type of Accident: Motor Vehicle Accident – 2002 Ford F250 / 1999 Truck An early morning crash occurred in Millcreek, Union, Ohio and resulted in fatal injuries for one man and injuries for another on August 3, 2013. Police reports are that 45 year old Tony…

MRSA infections on the rise

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is commonly referred to as a MRSA infection. Over 60 percent of staph infections found in hospitals and nursing homes are MRSA infections. As an Ohio wrongful death attorney, I have learned that in the last 10 years, there has been a 90 percent increase in MRSA and other superbug infections in…

Can I sue the hospital if I contract MRSA?

Over the last few months I have received many phone calls and emails from people who have contracted MRSA while staying in the hospital for routine surgeries, etc. They all ask me the same question: Can I sue the hospital because I contracted MRSA while staying at the hospital? I say yes you can sue,…

What constitutes wrongful death?

In any civil case, plaintiffs must prove certain elements. For a wrongful death claim, generally the following four elements must be proven: The conduct of the defendant caused, or partially caused, the victim’s death The defendant is liable for the victim’s death through negligent (careless) conduct. The victim has surviving family members Financial loss/damages resulted…

How hard is it to prove wrongful death?

David Chester Ohio Wrongful Death Lawyer and founder of Chester Law Group Wrongful death lawyers have a difficult job. Proving a wrongful death case takes experience, knowledge and a clear understanding of negligence and liability. However, there are other factors that must also be taken into consideration and sometimes that is where the really difficult…

What elements are required for a wrongful death claim to succeed?

A wrongful death lawyer understands all of the elements necessary to succeed in a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. What is a wrongful death case though, and how do you know if you have a claim or not?, by David Chester Ohio wrongful death lawyer. This type of claim occurs when an individual dies due…

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