Wrongful Death Claims

Canton, OH Injury Attorney

If someone is killed due to another person or entity’s fault, the person or company who created the entity may be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. The survivors of the person who died a wrongful death may seek monetary compensation for their loved one’s passing. The money won from these types of suits is often used to cover funeral services and lost wages from the decedent. Wrongful death claims can range from car accidents to medical malpractice, and a person, company, or government agency may be found responsible for the death of an innocent person. If your loved one has died because of someone else’s negligence or intentional actions, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Contact me, a Canton, OH injury lawyer, in order for me to determine if I may represent your case.

Who can file a claim?

In the State of Ohio, the personal representative of the decedent is the only one who is allowed to bring a wrongful death action. If the deceased had a will, it should state who the victim wanted as their executor. If a will does not exist, the probate court will appoint someone as the administrator. The executor or administrator is the only person who can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent’s family. In every state, immediate family members, such as spouses and children, or parents of unmarried children, can receive money from a wrongful death claim.

Sometimes, the next of kin can receive money, but they will have to testify at trial. Immediate family members do not have to testify, because their financial and emotional damages are apparent. A family may receive compensation for loss of support, loss of services, loss of the society of the decedent, loss of prospective inheritance to the decedent’s heirs, or mental anguish. Loss of support, services, and prospective inheritance are considered economic losses, and often require an economic expert to testify at a trial.

Personal Injury Lawyer for Canton Residents

Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or actions is an extremely painful and emotionally draining experience. When you hire me, I will do my best to recover the maximum monetary compensation available. With 29 years of litigation experience, I am not afraid to take your case to court and fight for you and your family. Please do not hesitate to contact me at my firm, Elizabeth A. Burick Co. L.P.A., if you believe you have a potential wrongful death claim.