If your loved one was fatally injured in a car accident, you could be entitled to seek financial compensation from the at-fault driver and their insurance company. This process can be difficult to manage when you’re grieving, though. While you take care of your family, our Springfield car accident lawyer will take care of the details of your wrongful death case.
At The Fitch Law Firm LLC, our familiarity with Ohio law means we can investigate the accident, identify the at-fault driver, and demand appropriate compensation for your family. We will deal with the insurance company, so your family does not have to, and we can fight hard for the best possible financial outcome.
Wrongful Death Compensation After a Fatal Car Accident
Your family has our heartfelt condolences for your recent loss. While we know that no compensation can atone for it, we can demand the following compensation on your behalf to help you move forward:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of your loved one’s income
- Loss of your loved one’s financial support
- Loss of household contributions
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Loss of advice, guidance, and society
In some cases, our wrongful death lawyer might also file a survival action, which will allow your family to recover the compensation your loved one would have received had they survived to file a personal injury case. Our results-driven team will explain all the forms of compensation your family is entitled to seek.
Ohio Law Determines Who Can File and Benefit From a Wrongful Death Action
If we mutually agree on representation, we will make a point of explaining Ohio law and how it applies to your case, such as which family members it allows to recover wrongful death damages. In general, that includes:
- Your loved one’s spouse
- Your loved one’s parents
- Your loved one’s children
We can also determine who can file your family’s lawsuit. In most cases, only the decedent’s personal representative, who’s named in their will, is qualified to take action. Should the decedent not have appointed one, the courts will.
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How Wrongful Death Is Defined in Springfield, OH
To recover damages, our law firm will demonstrate that your loved one’s death meets Ohio’s definition of wrongful in that it was caused by a wrongful act, negligence, or recklessness. In doing so, we must show that the following legal elements of negligence exist in your case:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
Our Springfield wrongful death attorney can document these components and prove the car accident’s exact cause and its resulting costs. Your case file can include:
- The police report documenting the accident’s causes and contributing factors
- Your loved one’s medical records and bills and their death certificate
- Proof of the decedent’s income from all income streams
- Accident scene photos and accident reconstruction reports
- Written statements from lay and expert witnesses
Your family does not have to chase down these items. Leave evidence collection to our investigative team.
How the Statute of Limitations Affects Your Right to File a Lawsuit
It is never too soon to inform one of our team members about your loved one’s accident and your family’s decision to pursue damages. In fact, the sooner we get involved in your case, the more time we have to:
- Thoroughly investigate the accident
- Collect evidence from the scene
- Interview witnesses while memories are fresh
- Comply with Ohio’s statute of limitations
In general, Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.02, the wrongful death statute of limitations is two years from the date of your loved one’s passing. If the filing deadline expires and you still haven’t filed suit, you could inadvertently forfeit your right to file your lawsuit.
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Our Wrongful Death Car Accident Lawyer Advocates for Springfield Families
When you turn to our law firm after an unimaginable loss, we can represent your family with kindness and empathy. Our lead attorney, John Fitch, has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury cases and providing compassionate service to surviving families.
Our wrongful death car accident lawyer can:
- Calculate your family’s potential compensation
- Prove the at-fault driver’s negligence
- Build a comprehensive evidence file
- Canvass for photos and video footage
- Consult accident, medical, and financial experts
- Handle all case-related communication
- Clarify complex legal terminology and jargon
- Lead settlement negotiations
- Go to trial if a settlement isn’t forthcoming
At The Fitch Law Firm LLC, we understand how difficult it can be to wait for news and updates on your case, so we provide them regularly. If you still have questions regarding the status of your case, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Our Fee Structure Means a Free Consultation and a No Win, No Fee Policy
It costs nothing to consult our law firm or to hire us to represent your family after a fatal car accident. In fact, you do not have to compensate us at all unless and until we recover compensation for you.
Our firm will cover all upfront, investigative, court, and documentation fees associated with preparing your family’s case. That means our legal service and support are risk-free, and we will work hard to obtain the compensation your family needs and deserves.
Find Out How Hard We Can Work for Your Family After a Fatal Car Accident
If your family lost a loved one in a recent car accident in Springfield, you could be entitled to recover financial compensation from the at-fault driver and their insurance company. Our results-driven law firm will investigate the accident, assess your recoverable damages, and pursue the appropriate party for monetary recovery.
Contact The Fitch Law Firm LLC for a free consultation of your wrongful death case.
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