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Wrongful Death

Columbus Wrongful Death Attorneys

Providing Your Family with Care, Compassion & Legal Advocacy

Many people who find themselves involved in an accident are able to walk away. They might suffer some injuries that require some medical attention, but, after a few weeks, everything is back to normal. But not all accidents simply result in minor inconveniences. Many Ohio families have had to deal with the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one as a result of a motor vehicle accident or another catastrophic event.

We know the pain and sadness that accompany such traumatic events. At the law firm of Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC, our skilled Columbus wrongful death lawyers will handle your case with care, compassion, and understanding. We know the impact that this loss has had on you and your entire family, and we will be aggressive as we seek compensation from those who caused your loss.

Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help. Call (614) 450-2223 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-pressure consultation.

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Ohio Wrongful Death Laws: An Overview

If your loved one was killed in an accident or died due to their injuries, you may be wondering if you even have a case. According to Ohio law, a death is considered “wrongful” when it was caused by the negligent or wrongful actions or inactions of another person, company, or entity. In other words, if your loved one’s death could have and should have been prevented, you likely have grounds to file a wrongful death claim.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Ohio?

State law governs who may bring a wrongful death claim in Ohio. Generally speaking, the following individuals are permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • The deceased’s surviving spouse
  • The child or adopted child of the deceased
  • The surviving parent(s) of the deceased

These individuals are automatically presumed to have suffered a loss due to the death, but others not listed here may also bring a claim if they can prove that they, too, suffered a loss as a result of the death. A wrongful death attorney can help you build a strong case.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in Ohio Wrongful Death Cases?

Wrongful death lawsuits are civil claims, meaning they are entirely separate from any criminal proceedings that may occur. A civil suit does not result in criminal penalties against the person/party who caused the death but, rather, allows the affected parties to recover compensation for specific damages.

These damages may include:

  • Medical expenses associated with the deceased’s final treatment
  • Burial/funeral expenses
  • Loss of love, companionship, and support
  • Loss of financial support/income
  • The value of household services provided by the deceased
  • Loss of consortium

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Ohio?

If you lost a loved one due to another person's negligence, you will need to act quickly to recover the financial restitution you and your family deserves. The statute of limitations, meaning the amount of time you have to file your claim, on wrongful death claims in Ohio is two years from the date of death, is according to ORC § 2125.02. There are very few exceptions to this timeline; in most cases, if you fail to bring your claim within two years, you will be barred from recovering any compensation.

Providing Guidance Throughout All Stages of Your Case

With these types of claims, there are many different items that need to be examined to know exactly what sort of compensation may be available. Our talented team will carefully review the facts of the accident, as well as your family situation, to determine the full value of your case.

You should not try to handle one of these cases without having one of our experienced Columbus wrongful death attorneys on your team. Insurance companies are not going to look out for you; in fact, they routinely make offers that are far from adequate in these cases. They assume that this loss has left you in a very challenging place financially, and that you will settle quickly because you need the money.

At Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC, will not let that happen to you. We will give you a fair and honest review of your case, and tell you what we can do to help you fight for the justice and full, fair compensation you and your family deserve. When insurers refuse to cover for your needs, we are ready to go to court.

To find out what our Columbus wrongful death lawyers can do to help with your claim, we invite you to call our office at (614) 450-2223 or contact us online to schedule your free, confidential consultation.

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Client Testimonials

Real Stories From Real People We've Helped
  • We were treated like family members.

    “They kept us informed about everything and explained everything carefully to make sure we understood. We have recommended Brian on numerous occasions to our family and friends. Brian and his staff are professional, reliable, and more than competent.”

    - P.K.
  • Helped me through each step.

    “Got my case resolved, and they helped me through each step of the way! I would definitely recommend them.”

    - C.H.
  • RMB was great to work with.

    “They worked with me to reach a settlement I felt comfortable with, instead of the first two low offers the opposing counsel made. All of my calls were returned in a timely manner (if not answered when placed).”

    - B.L.
  • I never had to wonder how things were going.

    “George was great to work with following a personal injury accident. He explored every single option to achieve the results we were looking for. RMB was also excellent at keeping me updated on the progress of my case.”

    - J.B.
  • Thank you for all you have done.

    “Mr. Ross went out of his way to help me through a difficult time. He and his office kept me informed every step of the way and went above and beyond to win my case.”

    - K.H.

There Is No Substitute for Results

We've Recovered Millions for Injured Clients
  • Bus Passenger Accident $300,000

    The client was a passenger on a bus, which ran off the road into a ditch causing two compression fractures in his low back (non-surgical).

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $250,000 Policy Limits

    Client was involved in head on collision which required extraction.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $250,000 Policy Limits

    Client was struck by vehicle that ran a stop sign. Multiple fractures.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $200,000

    Multiple-impact, rear-end collision resulting in multiple disc herniations.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $185,000

    Client was struck by vehicle that ran a stop sign.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $185,000

    Client was struck by vehicle that ran stop sign and rolled Jeep. Client walked away but subsequently developed shoulder injuries.

  • Motorcycle Crash $150,000

    Defendant came across three lanes of traffic and struck client who was on his motorcycle. Client suffered substantial “road rash” and a knee injury (non-surgical).

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $100,000 Policy Limits

    Client was rear-ended causing low back injury requiring fusion surgery.

  • T-Bone Accident $90,000

    The defendant failed to stop at a red light and T-boned the client on the passenger side of her vehicle.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $90,000

    Client was struck by vehicle that ran a stop sign, causing a concussion, vertigo, right ankle injury, and right wrist injury.


Our Promise to Our Clients

Why You Can Count on Us to Fight for You
  • Guidance & Support

    Our experienced attorneys will handle everything connected to your claim, so that you can focus on your recovery.

  • Client-First Approach

    We pride ourselves on our client-first approach, which compels us to treat each client like a close friend or family member.

  • Trial Experience

    We possess extensive trial experience and are not afraid to take your case to trial to fight for the justice you deserve.

  • Undivided Attention

    At RMB, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the responsiveness & attentiveness that they need and deserve. 

Your Injury is Personal to Us

If you schedule an appointment with us, you will have one of our lawyers (not a paralegal or admin), at your home or place of business to answer all the questions you have about your claim. There is no bait and switch with RMB. If you choose us, WE will handle your injury claim from beginning to end.