Losing a loved one is something that nobody ever wants to 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 today so we can get to work.

What Is Wrongful Death?

We know this is probably something you have never had to consider before. 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.

We are going to review some of the common causes of wrongful death, but please know that this is not a complete list. You should always speak with a qualified attorney before making any decisions regarding your case.

  • Vehicle Accidents: We know that there are many ways that a driver’s negligence can cause fatalities. Especially dangerous are impaired drivers, those who drive while distracted, and those who disregard the speed limit.
  • Defective Products: When you check the government recall website, you will see that many faulty products make it to the market. These products can be incredibly dangerous and often have a poor design, experience an error during manufacturing, or are incorrectly labeled.
  • Workplace Accidents: Employers are responsible for providing proper training and equipment for their workers. They should ensure everyone has a safe working environment. When an employer is negligent in their duties, they should be held accountable.
  • Medical Mistakes: The third leading cause of death in the United States is medical mistakes. These happen in a variety of ways when healthcare providers are negligent and include: medication mistakes, surgical errors, misdiagnosis, infections, delayed treatment, and more.
  • Law Enforcement: We know that there are times when law enforcement and corrections personnel use more force than necessary. This can cause fatalities.
  • Nursing Home Abuse: Elder abuse is vastly underreported in the United States and is rampant in many nursing homes. It is abhorrent. The elderly are very vulnerable and should be protected.

Moving Forward From Here

We know this is an incredibly difficult time for you and your family. Please accept our condolences and know that we want to help. Our team will work diligently to investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of income and benefits of the deceased
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of companionship damages
  • Punitive damages against those responsible

Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers will treat you like family because you care. When you need a Cleveland wrongful death attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

Does wrongful death only apply to intentional acts that kill someone?

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. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death claim that our Cleveland wrongful death lawyers handle include:

  • Vehicle Accidents
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Mistakes
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Birth injuries
  • Criminal Activity (even if the criminal act killed someone unintentionally)

Someone killed my relative, but they were found not guilty of any criminal charges. Can I still file a wrongful death lawsuit against them?

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 ones. Perhaps the most famous example of a successful wrongful death lawsuit is the one brought against OJ Simpson brought 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.

Can I file a wrongful death claim for my deceased friend if he has no family?

Under Ohio law, the only people who have the standing to bring a wrongful death lawsuit are a person’s:

  • Spouse
  • Children, including adopted children
  • Surviving parents

A friend, no matter how close, cannot bring a wrongful death lawsuit. We encourage you to seek out any living relatives of the deceased.

Wait, is the statute of limitations two years or ten years for an Ohio wrongful death lawsuit?

Section 2125 of the Ohio Revised Code sets a two-year statute of limitations for most wrongful death claims in the state. 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.

Won’t people think I’m just trying to benefit from my loved one’s death?

Do not hesitate to hire a Cleveland wrongful death lawyer to help you if you believe another person’s negligence caused the death of a loved one. You need to look out for what is best for your family. You may be eligible for:

  • Loss of society, companionship, consortium, guidance, counsel, training, instruction, and education of the deceased
  • Loss of support from the earning capacity of the deceased
  • Loss of services of the deceased
  • Loss of prospective inheritance from the deceased
  • Mental anguish incurred by the surviving spouse, children, or parents