Step 1: Collect All Pertinent Documentation
You can begin by collecting all documents and paperwork related to your loved one’s illness or injury, the accident or circumstances that led to his or her harm, and finally death.
Also collect all relative information as to how your loved one’s death has affected family members, both emotionally and financially. The more proof and information you collect, the better. You can gather it into several folders and keep the info handy.
Some of the types of documents you can add to your file include:
Step 2: Start Drawing Up Papers with an Attorney
Schedule an appointment with an attorney who handles wrongful death cases in the Cleveland area and begin working. Families must open an estate in probate court that benefits all of the survivors, and then the court will appoint an administrator who manages the estate, of which the wrongful death claim is an asset.
The administrator works with the attorney to file the lawsuit. A local attorney will explain the basic filing protocol and begin drawing up the necessary forms.
During this phase of your case, your lawyer will also:
Step 3: Help Speed Along the Claims Process
As your attorney works to satisfy all the elements of the case, you can help the case move along more swiftly by adhering to your attorney’s directives and avoiding procrastination. If you’re supposed to collect a certain document or go to a meeting, make your best effort to do it in a timely manner.
You don’t want to delay filing a wrongful death claim, first, because there is a time limit on how long you have to file. Filing after the time limit is exceeded will bar your right to claiming restitution. The suit must be filed within two years of the death per Ohio Revised Code §2125.02(D). Second, the longer you wait to file, the longer it will take for you obtain a settlement and be done with the whole thing.
Our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Cleveland are Here to Help
If you need legal counsel in or near Cleveland, call Ryan, LLP regarding a wrongful death case, contact us today to schedule a free consultation (877) 864-9495 or 216-363-6028. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.