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How can a lawyer help me after a family member dies in an accident in Ohio?

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We help families facing the wrongful death of a loved one. Tragedies resulting in wrongful death can occur in any of the following:

  • Car accident, whether it’s a traffic accident caused by someone’s negligence or caused by a drunk, impaired or texting driver.
  • Accidents which occur in the workplace, such as in a factory or on a construction site.
  • Truck accidents involving vehicles like semi-trucks, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles.
  • Medical malpractice, examples of which include delay in diagnosis of cancer, delay in diagnosis of heart disease and injuries at birth.
  • Slip-and-fall accidents, no matter where they occur: retail spaces, restaurants and more are common locations for these types of accidents.

Whatever the type of accident, we understand you are devastated! We will help you get through this. From the first meeting, we can take over so you can focus on your family. We will also help you understand every part of the process so you can make informed decisions.

Under Ohio law, after a situation like this, you may be eligible for two separate types of claims:

  • Compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering immediately prior to their death.
  • On your own behalf, for your and your family’s loss.

Remember, after a situation like this:

  • You are entitled to compensation for the loss of financial support. Often, family members had relied on the support of the deceased, and will no longer have that financial help. You deserve compensation to help you cover mortgage payments, car payments or any other financial need made worse by the loss of financial support.
  • You are entitled to compensation for the loss of your loved one’s companionship. No relationship can be replaced, but parent-child, child-parent and spousal relationships are particularly special. Money cannot make it better, but under our justice system, being paid for such a loss is the law.
  • You are entitled to compensation for the mental anguish you suffer daily as a result of this tragic loss.

Wrongful death claims are complicated: you need a legal team that you know can handle it, so you do not have to worry and can have peace of mind knowing that someone is looking out for you and your family. We are experienced in handling wrongful death claims.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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