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Wrongful Death FAQs

Losing a loved one is always heartbreaking. The grief and pain can be even heavier when the death was caused by negligence. In wrongful death cases, family members may find some peace in holding the responsible party accountable and may even ease the financial burden on their loved one’s Estate and family. 

At The Richards Firm, we are here to support you through every stage of a wrongful death case. We know you may have a few questions about the process of filing a wrongful death case. Below we have assembled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions regarding wrongful death. If we can answer other questions, you can always reach out to us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe the loss of life due to someone else’s negligent actions or inactions.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Ohio law requires the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate to file a wrongful death action in court. This person could be the deceased’s surviving spouse, the parent of the deceased, or surviving siblings or children.

What Are The Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death?

There are many situations that can result in a wrongful death, including the following:

-Vehicle accidents

-Truck accidents

-Nursing home negligence

-Defective Products

– Dangerous Premise

-Slip and Fall Accidents

How Do I Know if I Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death claims can be complicated and the law is complex. For this reason, the best way to determine if you can file a wrongful death claim is to meet with an experienced wrongful death attorney. At The Richards Firm, we offer free consultations simply to meet with you, discuss the details of your case, and advise you on the best way to move forward. 

How Long Do Wrongful Death Cases Take?

Wrongful death cases can last anywhere from months to a few years. Investigating claims, gathering evidence, and working with medical providers and/or insurance companies can be time-consuming. The length of the case may vary based on whether or not liability is clear and how fair an insurer’s valuation of the claim is.

How Are Wrongful Death Settlements Paid?

Generally speaking, wrongful death settlements are typically paid out as a lump sum. From that amount, attorney fees and costs to procure the settlement are deducted. The remainder goes to the wrongful death heirs.

Do I Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?

Hiring a wrongful death attorney in Hamilton Ohio is essential for filing a wrongful death claim. Unfortunately, insurance companies usually deny or offer small settlement amounts for claims. An attorney will ensure that your rights are protected and your claim is accurately valued. 

At The Richards Firm, we hope to take some of the weight off your shoulders in this difficult time. 

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