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Do I have a wrongful death case? Three things to consider

Losing a loved one is always difficult and it can be even harder if you suspect your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death. Medical mistakes, injuries on the job or an accident can take a life and sometimes, these deaths can be prevented and you should consider a wrongful death case.

Each state has its own rules about what constitutes a wrongful death and there are also limits to when you can file a case and how much you can recover.

The legal experts at the Schottenstein Law Offices are here to help you with these three things to consider about a wrongful death case.

Under Ohio law, a wrongful death is defined as a death caused by “a wrongful act, neglect or default” of someone. In this sad time, you may be grieving. The legal experts at the Schottenstein Law Offices can help you sort through things and determine if you have a wrongful death case. Here are three things to consider.

Read on to learn more:

Who can file

In Ohio, only a “personal representative” of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim. Who is a personal representative? Basically, it’s someone like a spouse, child or parent, or someone approved by the probate court.

When do you need to file

In wrongful death cases, there is a 2-year statute of limitations from the date of death. Any longer than that, and your case will be banned.

How much you can recover

If your loved one has died, you can sue for damages. There are many different kinds of losses, including a loss of support (based on the deceased’s income); loss of services (like housework and child care); loss of companionship and loss of inheritance.

Schottenstein Law Offices

If you believe you have a wrongful death claim, our legal experts can help. Call us today at (614) 467-8474.