We Handle Fatal Car Accident Cases
Losing a loved one under any circumstances is hard, but fatal car accidents are especially difficult because they happen so suddenly. Your family is left reeling, trying to find a way to mourn and worried about how to move forward.
You may not want to involve an attorney during this difficult time. But the reality is that taking legal action can help you move forward after your loss and provide for your family during this difficult time. You need an attorney Columbus residents have trusted for decades. You need Scott Elliot Smith.
Our law firm handles wrongful death claims with care and compassion
If your loved one died in a car accident caused by someone else, Smith Law Office may be able to help by filing a wrongful death claim on your behalf. This is a civil lawsuit filed by the personal representative of the deceased person's estate. Any criminal charges that the State of Ohio may file in connection with the death, such as vehicular homicide, are separate from that civil case.
Under Ohio law, the surviving spouse, children and parents of the decedent (deceased person) are presumed to have suffered losses that can be compensated in a wrongful death claim. Other relatives, such as siblings and grandparents, may also be able to recover damages (financial compensation) if they can prove they have suffered a compensable loss.
Some of the damages that can be sought under a wrongful death claim include:
- Loss of future financial support.
- Loss of household services such as home maintenance and childcare.
- Loss of care, companionship, guidance, instruction and society of the deceased person.
- Mental anguish suffered by the surviving family members as they cope with the death.
These funds serve a valuable purpose. They provide some degree of justice for the surviving family members. They also help ensure that the loved ones of the deceased person will be provided for following his or her passing.
In Ohio, you generally have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. While that may seem like plenty of time, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible to get started on your case. Over time, evidence often disappears, witnesses' memories fade, and a delay may make it more difficult to get justice for your family.
Scott Elliot Smith investigates your loved one's accident to find out what really happened. He knows where to look for evidence that proves another's negligence led to your loss. And he fights to hold negligent parties responsible and recover compensation for your family - whether through a negotiated settlement or a court verdict.
We are focused on getting the best possible outcome for you and your family, and Scott Elliot Smith will keep you informed of the progress of the case every step of the way. If you ever have any questions, simply call us.
We would be honored to meet with you for a free, confidential consultation. Call 614-846-1700 today.