Mar 17th, 2021
Paulozzi Joseph

The unthinkable has happened. Your loved one suffered an injury because of the actions of another and he didn’t survive. You are devastated. The person responsible has been arrested and will face criminal charges. But where does your family go from here? Young children have been left without the love and financial support of a father. What will happen to them? Your life has been shattered. You wouldn’t wish this on anyone. A family friend suggests you look into filing a lawsuit for wrongful death on behalf of your dearly departed. What should you do?

Before you decide whether to file a claim for wrongful death you will want to consult an experienced Cleveland wrongful death attorney. The personal injury lawyers at Paulozzi Law, LPA are caring and respectful and can help guide you to the decision that is best for you.

Who Can Bring a Claim for Wrongful Death?

An action for wrongful death in Ohio is similar to the wrongful death laws in other states. If the deceased person would have had a personal injury claim against the perpetrator had he lived, then the personal representative of the estate of the decedent has the right to bring that claim as a civil court matter on the decedent’s behalf. A claim can also be made on behalf of surviving family members who have lost the companionship, services, and support of their family members.

Why Bring a Claim?  It Won’t Bring a Loved One Back

Nothing can ever replace the person you lost but the law tries to do something on behalf of surviving families to lessen the impact of their loss. Consider the following reasons for bringing a wrongful death claim.

  1. Ohio law allows families to recover compensation for current and future financial losses due to the death of a family member.
  • Loss of support
  • Loss of service
  • Loss of society (companionship, consortium, care, assistance, attention … )
  • Loss of expected inheritance
  • Mental anguish
  1. Bringing a lawsuit requires the responsible party to be held accountable for his actions.
  2. You may raise public awareness about a situation and that could help keep another family from suffering a similar loss.

How to Get Started with A Wrongful Death Claim

A wrongful death claim must be filed within 2 years of the date of death. While it may not be something families want to get involved with immediately, it’s generally not a good idea to put it off until the time is almost up either. Getting some good information as early as possible can help you decide whether or not it makes sense for you or your family to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

At Paulozzi Law, LPA, our Cleveland wrongful death attorneys like to meet with potential clients as soon as they feel comfortable discussing their circumstances. We find that just understanding a little more about the process and what to expect can help to ease worried minds. Our clients will attest to our compassion and integrity as well as our professionalism. We can help. Contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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