We know that no wrongful death judgment will come close to making up for the pain that comes with losing a loved one in a preventable accident. Unfortunately, the only thing the family of the victim can do is seek justice and the financial compensation that they deserve under the law.
Our experienced Cleveland wrongful death attorneys strive to help you exercise your legal rights. We are ready to work hard to help you and your family recover the full settlement offer that you deserve.
Ohio Wrongful Death Claims: Eligible Parties
Determining who should file a wrongful death claim can be challenging. After all, there may be several different family members who have rights under the statute. Ohio law states that a wrongful death lawsuit must only be brought by the executor or personal representative of the deceased person. This individual will be responsible for bringing the claim on behalf of all eligible family members.
Proving Liability in a Wrongful Death Case
Ohio wrongful death claims are brought under the negligence standard. To hold another party liable for your loved one’s death, you must prove that their wrongful actions contributed to the fatal accident.
Each wrongful death claim is unique. If your family member’s died from a car crash or a medical malpractice, you should get an attorney to conduct a comprehensive investigation.
Time Limit to Take Legal Action
For wrongful death claims, Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations. If you fail to start your claim within two years of the date of your loved one’s passing, you could lose out on your legal rights. Additionally, if it is a medical malpractice claim, a suit must be brought within one year in order to preserve the decedent’s survivorship damages. Do not let this happen to you and your family. The best way to protect your rights and interests is clear: Contact a qualified lawyer as soon as possible.
How Much is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Worth
Your settlement offer (or wrongful death verdict) should amount to full compensation for your damages. The value of your claim could vary, depending on the specific facts of your case. Our firm can help you seek financial relief for any direct economic losses as well as all your compensated intangible losses. This may include recovery for:
- Any out-of-pocket medical expenses;
- Death expenses, including funeral and burial costs;
- Lost benefits, such as loss of insurance coverage;
- Pain and suffering; and
- The loss of love, consortium and companionship.
Contact Our Office Today
At Tittle & Perlmuter, our Cleveland personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling Ohio wrongful death claims. For immediate help with your case, please do not hesitate to call our team today at 216-308-1522 to set up your free initial legal consultation. Let our team handle your legal issues while you focus on your family.