Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Dayton

Pursuing Justice for the Families of Victims

When a fatal accident claims the life of a family member, it can be difficult to know where to turn. In many cases, the emotional pain of the accident is compounded by the stress and uncertainty that comes after. More often, a fatal accident comes with significant medical bills and funeral expenses. If the victim was employed, then the family suffers a total loss of their future wages, casting the family's long-term financial futures into doubt.

There is always hope, though. In cases where the accident was the fault of another party, the victim's family can recover compensation for their financial losses, like medical bills, final expenses, lost wages that are associated with the accident. Emotional distress can also be counted as recoverable damage, like the pain and suffering damages that the surviving family members experience.

At The Attkisson Law Firm, our Dayton wrongful death lawyers are here to provide legal counsel that pursues justice while also keeping your emotional wellbeing in center focus. You deserve to be compensated for your suffering and financial damages without overstepping your comfort zone. It is our goal to represent you as best we can and simultaneously provide genuine moral support.

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When Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Often, wrongful death cases are the result of car accidents or other motor vehicle collisions. Many different incidents, however, can result in liability for a wrongful death suit. Whether it's a motor vehicle accident or failure to hire adequate security at a concert, the negligent party can be held liable to pay compensation to the victim's family.

Here's How We Can Help

You just lost a loved one — you've gone through enough. The last thing on your mind is filling out insurance papers, dealing with adjusters, talking to police, or handling the myriad of estate administration matters. At The Attkisson Law Firm, we handle it all so you don't have to. Our goal is simple: to relieve the legal burdens on your shoulders so you can attend to your family and your grief. We're proud to offer one-on-one legal services that put your best interests front and center.

When we represent you, we can:

  • Act on your behalf at the negotiation table and in court
  • Diligently pursue the full and fair compensation you need
  • Focus all our attention on you, your family, and your claim
  • Move quickly on your claim so you get what you need sooner than later

What a Wrongful Death Claim Covers

By filing a wrongful death claim, the people who have been most significantly impacted by the passing of their loved one can recover compensation. A wrongful death claim can cover the financial expenses that are directly related to the victims death, such as funeral and burial expenses. Additionally, the compensation recovered through a wrongful death claim can cover any remaining medical expenses that the family is responsible for following the death of their loved one. Claims often include compensation for lost income as well to account for the loss of a provider.

Through a wrongful death claim, the family of a deceased person can also receive compensation for non-economic damages. Of course, there is no amount of money that can truly solve the emotional impact of losing a loved one. However, compensation for a wrongful death is often increased to account for the extreme emotional impact of such incidents.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Ohio?

Every state has different laws for who is allowed to file a wrongful death claim. The goal of this type of litigation is to provide compensation to the people who have been most financially and emotionally affected by the victim’s death, so access to filing and recovering compensation is limited.

In Ohio, a personal representative of the deceased person is the only person who can file a wrongful death claim. A personal representative may be a family member, close friend, or legal advocate. The personal representative of a deceased person may be specified in their will, or could be later appointed through legal proceedings if a personal representative has not been previously identified.

The parties who are compensated through a wrongful death claim may differ than the personal representative. In most cases, the deceased person’s spouse and children will recover damages in a case of wrongful death. If the victim was not married or did not have children at the time of their death, their parents will receive compensation. Other family members can be compensated if there is evidence that they suffered a substantial loss due to the death.

Professional Attention, Compassionate Support

If you have lost a loved one, you need a lawyer who understands your situation, and who truly cares about getting you the results you need. We have decades of collective experience working with the families of the victims of accidents. Our team also has significant trial experience and knows how to identify insurance company tactics that could affect your compensation.

At our law firm, we believe in one-on-one attention and compassionate support. When you contact us, you will have an experienced and dependable attorney at your side from start to finish.