Coming to terms with the death of a loved one can be a trying and traumatic event for the deceased’s family. Such a sudden accidental death can be hard for families to accept. If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by another’s negligence in Dayton, Ohio, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. Our team wants to help you hold the at-fault party responsible for your loved one’s death.
A lawyer from our law firm can manage your Dayton wrongful death case, gather the kinds of evidence needed to support your right to compensation, and file your lawsuit by the statutory deadline. Our team at the Fitch Law Firm LLC is standing by to speak with you about the case. The initial case assessment is free. If we accept your case, we can start working on it for free, meaning you won’t pay us any upfront attorney’s fees.
The Benefits of Working with the Fitch Law Firm LLC Over Any Other on a Dayton Wrongful Death Case
When you hire a wrongful death attorney from our Ohio firm to represent you in Dayton, you gain access to our team and all the legal services we have to offer. You should not have to fight for compensation for the death of your loved one alone. Our firm can:
- Investigate the circumstances around your loved one’s untimely passing
- Identify the responsible parties to name in your claim or lawsuit
- Collect evidence to build a firm case
- Outline the type and amount of damages you qualify to seek
- Guide and support you through each legal decision
- Represent you in negotiations, hearings, and other legal proceedings
- Submit all paperwork by the appropriate deadlines
- Fight for your family inside and outside of the courtroom
We never want you to feel like you are in the dark when it comes to your wrongful death case. Our Dayton-based team is here to represent, support, and fight for you at each stage of the process.
How Our Legal Fees Work in Dayton Wrongful Death Cases
To make our services as accessible as possible, we operate on a contingency-fee-basis at the Fitch Law Firm LLC. A contingency fee arrangement means that you don’t have to pay for representation upfront or out of your own pocket. We will front the cost of handling your case and only take payment if we win as a percentage of your award.
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Praise We’ve Received From Our Past Personal Injury Clients
The best way to show our level of professionalism and compassion is to let you hear about our services from past clients directly. Explore some of our Google reviews below:
- “The Fitch Law Firm will always be my go to if I ever need a lawyer again. They kept me updated on everything through my whole settlement. I’ve never seen any lawyer fight so hard for anyone like John and Becky did for me…” – Terri Hiner
- “Fitch and his team are invaluable! They kept me informed every step of the way and the settlement was much more than I expected. You definitely want them on your side.” – Christina Stickdorm
- “Fitch and Becky are so prompt and supportive. They value all who are involved in the accident. During a trying time in my life they made sure the lawsuit was explained and that it went smoothly.” – Michael Grear
Wrongful Death Damages We Could Help You Seek After a Dayton Fatal Injury
You may be able to seek compensation for many different categories of losses and expenses after losing a loved one in a fatal accident. These damages may include:
- Outstanding medical expenses for your loved one’s treatment
- Current and future lost household income
- Vehicle or property damage
- Funeral and burial or cremation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship or parental guidance
No dollar figure can compensate for the loss of a loved one. However, if your family is experiencing financial struggles after a loved one’s death, you may bring a wrongful death claim or lawsuit to seek justice and potentially recover those losses.
To pursue compensation, you will need to assign liability to the party or parties responsible for your loved one’s death. Our team can help you by investigating the circumstances of the fatal incident and determining who may be held liable for their wrongful death.
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Types of Dayton Wrongful Death Accident Cases We Handle
Accidental fatalities and wrongful deaths can occur in many ways. Eligible surviving family members may be able to pursue compensation on behalf of their loved ones. Depending on how the accident occurred, one or more parties may be held liable for a loved one’s wrongful death.
The following are some examples of wrongful death cases:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional injury fatalities for Americans. Unintentional poisoning may occur because of accidental overdoses on prescription drugs or illegal drugs. It may also occur as an unexpected side effect of a prescription drug or a combination of medications.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
In 2015, motor vehicle accidents killed over 35,000 people, according to the CDC. Motor vehicle accidents may involve passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, buses, bicyclists, and pedestrians. In fact, the CDC also reported in 2017 that nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents.
Nursing Home Deaths
According to the CDC, one in 10 senior adults experiences abuse, neglect, and exploitation at home. Elderly residents in nursing homes may also experience different forms of abuse and neglect. They might become victims of physical, emotional, psychological, financial, and even sexual abuse.
Families who lost a loved one due to nursing home abuse or neglect may be able to pursue compensation from the nursing home, staff, doctors, facility owners, and anyone else involved in their loved one’s care.
Poorly Supervised Group Activities
Accidental deaths, especially drowning and suffocation, are common on school field trips, pools or recreational facilities, and childcare facilities. If you lost a child or another loved one in an area where they should have been properly supervised, you may be entitled to compensation for their wrongful death.
Product manufacturers and designers may be held liable for incorrectly labeling their products, selling products with a manufacturing or design error, or failing to meet industry standards for their products. If you were injured by a product despite using it as intended, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and losses.
Construction sites and places of business are required to meet many different worker safety standards issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They must also satisfy various rules and regulations issued by different local, state, and federal work safety bodies. If workplaces do not meet safety standards, they put their employees’ lives at risk of injury or death.
Medical malpractice cases happen when medical negligence causes injury or death to a patient. These cases may involve factors like:
- Delayed diagnoses
- Doctor errors
- Doctor incompetence
- Drug errors
- Surgical errors
- Patient mix-ups
Multiple parties may be held liable for medical malpractice, from the doctor who operated on your loved one to the medical facility owners.
If you lost a loved one to any of these or another type of accident in Dayton, a wrongful death lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC may help you pursue compensation.
Dayton Wrongful Death FAQs
Wrongful death actions can be complicated. Your family has likely never been through this experience before, so you may have many questions about the process, how much your case could be worth, and how to ensure the liable party is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. With this in mind, we have taken care to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about wrongful death cases in Dayton below. If you don’t see an answer to your question here, we will review the specifics of your situation during your free consultation.
How Long Do You Have to File Your Wrongful Death Action in Dayton?
Under Ohio law, wrongful death actions generally must be filed before the two-year statute of limitations expires, per Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.02. Two years may seem like more than enough time to move forward with your case. However, our attorney will need as much time as possible to build your case, which could include interviewing witnesses and professionals who can provide insight into the case, reviewing the official police report, viewing surveillance video footage available, and more. The sooner you file your wrongful death action, the sooner you will protect your right to sue and allow our Dayton wrongful death lawyer to investigate and prove your case.
Who Can File a Dayton Wrongful Death Action in a Dayton Injury Case?
Although you may be anxious to move forward with your wrongful death case, it is important to consider whether you have the authority to file the wrongful death lawsuit. Under Ohio laws, only the personal representative of the decedent’s estate has the right to file a wrongful death action.
This could be anyone the decedent selected to handle their estate upon their death. This might include:
- Surviving spouses
- Adult children
- Other third parties
If you are unsure if you have the right to seek a wrongful death action for your family member’s death, our wrongful death attorney serving Dayton can help you get the answers you are looking for. You can contact our office to explore your legal options and next steps.
Will the Defendant in My Dayton Wrongful Death Case Go to Jail?
The defendant will not be sentenced to any jail or prison time because of your Dayton wrongful death action. However, if the defendant is charged and convicted of criminal charges, they could be sentenced to jail time or incarceration and other penalties depending on your case.
In your civil wrongful death lawsuit against them, you will be seeking compensation for all the ways your life and your family’s lives have been affected by the decedent’s death. It is important to note that a criminal case and civil case are separate legal matters and that one case’s outcome does not affect the other. If an attorney meets the burden of proof that wrongful death did occur, the liable party would be held responsible for compensating the plaintiff for their losses.
Speak with the Attorneys at the Fitch Law Firm LLC Today About Your Dayton Wrongful Death Action
We are just a phone call away, and we are here to assist you with your Dayton wrongful death claim or lawsuit. Start your case by working with a wrongful death lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC.
Call today to learn more about how we may be able to help with your wrongful death suit. Contact us, and we will evaluate your case at no cost to you.
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