Losing a loved one is one of the toughest experiences we all go through. Even more painful is the death of a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of another person, company, or agency. You may feel like you have nowhere to turn, but you do.
At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help you through this difficult time. We want to make sure you and your family get the compensation you deserve. When you need a Cleveland wrongful death attorney, call us so we can get to work.
There are various ways in which wrongful death cases can arise, but they all have to do with the negligence of another person, company, or agency causing a person to lose their life. These cases are brought by surviving family members or the estate of the deceased.
You should always speak with a qualified attorney before making any decisions regarding your case. Although this is not a complete list, here are some of the common causes of wrongful death cases:
Our team will work diligently to investigate what happened, so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
No, wrongful death claims are not just for intentional acts that kill someone, though they can certainly be filed in those cases. Wrongful death cases can also be filed when someone is killed due to the careless or negligent actions of another individual, company, or entity and it is not intentional. Some examples of this can include:
One common cause of wrongful death lawsuits is a person being killed during the commission of a crime. In many wrongful death cases, someone is charged with murder, manslaughter, or negligent homicide in the case. They are not always found guilty of a crime.
However, you can still file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person you believe is responsible for the death of a loved one. You should always speak with a Cleveland wrongful death attorney about your case. Wrongful death lawsuits are civil matters, not criminal. Perhaps the most famous example of a successful wrongful death lawsuit is the one brought against OJ Simpson on behalf of Ron Goldman. OJ Simpson was acquitted of Goldman’s murder but was found liable for his death in the civil wrongful death lawsuit.
Under Ohio law, the only people who have the standing to bring a wrongful death lawsuit are a person’s:
A friend, no matter how close, cannot bring a wrongful death lawsuit. We encourage you to seek out any living relatives of the deceased.
Section 2125 of the Ohio Revised Code sets a two-year statute of limitations for most wrongful death claims. However, there are certain cases where this can be extended to 10 years after a person’s death. This can happen when the death involved a dangerous or defective product. The ten-year limit for these cases usually starts from the date the deceased first purchased or last used the product in question.
If you believe another person’s negligence caused the death of a loved one, do not hesitate to hire a Cleveland wrongful death lawyer to help you. You need to look out for what is best for your family. You may be eligible for: