What is Wrongful Death?
Losing a loved one is always a difficult experience. However, losing someone to wrongful death is especially difficult. A wrongful death may be caused by the negligence or even the ill-will of another person. If you have lost a loved one due to wrongful death, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
There is no real way to make up for the loss of a loved one, but damage awards can help you and your family adapt and move on.
Our lawyers at The Cochran Firm have seen the painful financial and emotional pain and suffering that comes from unexpected loss. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys are ready to help you. We are committed to providing our clients with a level of service that honors the standard of excellence established by our founder, Johnnie Cochran Jr.
If you lost a loved one to a car accident, medical malpractice, or defective product, you can be assured that we will be with you every step of the way on your journey to justice.
To learn more about all of the ways our attorneys at The Cochran Firm Cleveland can help you and your family get your lives back on track after your loved one’s death, please contact us for a FREE consultation today.
Ohio Wrongful Death Lawsuits
In Ohio, wrongful death action lawsuits are usually filed by a surviving spouse. However, if the spouse is deceased, a surviving child may file a lawsuit. In the case that there is neither a surviving spouse or surviving children, the parents of the victim are the next party who can file a wrongful death claim. If there are no relatives able to file a claim, it can be filed with the victim’s estate.
A successful wrongful death claim requires proof that the surviving parties experienced financial damages. Proof of emotional damages may also be acceptable. Additionally, there must also be proof that the death of the victim was caused by negligence or other liability on the part of the defendant.
Wrongful death lawsuits that succeed may result in the award of one or more of the following damages, such as:
- Loss of support
- Loss of services
- Loss of potential inheritance
- Mental or emotional suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses
Any recovered damages from the case are then distributed equally to the beneficiaries of the deceased by court order.
How do you File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In order to file a wrongful death claim, you must provide enough evidence that establishes the fault of the defendant. If the death was caused by negligence or medical malpractice, there may be records that can be used as evidence. A personal injury lawyer can help you know how to look for evidence, and what kinds of evidence will support your case.
If a claim does not result in a sufficient damage award, the next step is a wrongful death lawsuit. In order to pursue a lawsuit, a family member or other relative must show that the loss of the deceased has caused both pain and suffering. Proving damages as well as pain and suffering is a common element of personal injury law cases. Also, these cased are usually long and complicated, which is why an experienced personal injury can help.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
When you work with lawyers from The Cochran Firm Cleveland office, you can rest assured that your case will be fairly litigated. You and your family can have hope for the future as we pursue your case together.
Damage awards for wrongful death cases are usually given in structured settlements. Structured settlements are damage repayment plans that cover an extended period of time.
Personal injury lawyers will help you reach the settlement that’s right for you. When we work together, we will help you organize your case by finding the best evidence to support your case. The sooner you start building a case, the better.
Legal Help for Ohio Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Our commitment to you is to provide the same level of service as our founder Johnnie L Cochran Jr. His passion was defending injured individuals and supporting their families through difficult cases. We honor his legacy through our practice here in Cleveland, Ohio.
If you are ready to begin a wrongful death claim, contact our office today. Visit with us in a FREE consultation with no obligation. Give us a call, or fill out our contact form here on our website.
What you need to know when filing a civil rights case
If your rights have been violated and you are ready to file a claim, come prepared to prove the fault of the other party. Gather all of the evidence you have that shows you were subjected to discrimination.
Acceptable forms of evidence include:
- Housing applications
- Rejection letters
- Employer agreements
- Pay stubs
- Witness accounts
- Doctor’s notes
- Police reports
Essentially, any document that may show evidence of discrimination with an associated time and place might be used for evidence. We strongly encourage you to meet with a personal injury attorney who can help you identify and evaluate your evidence.
Beginning Your Civil Rights Claim
Depending on the type of discrimination you experienced, you should file a complaint with an appropriate civil rights agency. In fact, certain types of cases require you to fill out a complaint with a government agency.
If your case becomes a lawsuit, it will be handled in federal court. This process can be long and complicated. The court will examine the evidence and there will be opportunities for the defendant to respond. Your case may be settled outside of court, and if not, the trial process will proceed.
If a settlement is reached in court, there may be an opportunity for you or the defendant to appeal the decision. So, even if you win an award for damages, the appeals may cause your case to continue for months or even years.
Why you should work with a civil rights attorney
At The Cochran Firm Cleveland, our attorneys have years of experience that will benefit your case. When you work with us we will give you valuable legal advice and fight by your side to get you the compensation you deserve.
We know that civil rights cases are complicated, but we will help you understand exactly what you need to do.
Our founder, Johnnie L Cochran Jr, dedicated his life to defending injured people against corporations, government agencies, and discrimination. We honor his legacy by dedicating ourselves to aggressively defending our clients through their legal battles.
Contact The Cochran Firm Cleveland Lawyers Today
If your civil rights have been violated, now is the time to start your case. We offer FREE consultations to help you evaluate your situation. Visit us at our Cleveland Ohio office, give us a call, or fill out a consultation form today.