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Filing for a Wrongful Death Claim in Cincinnati

By Burg Simpson
August 19, 2020
3 min read

Cincinnati Wrongful Death Attorneys: Serving Clients for Over Four Decades

Losing a loved one due to another party’s wrongful act or negligence can be overwhelming. Wrongful death cases are among the most devastating kinds of cases we handle at Burg Simpson.

If you or your family are suffering through the tragedy of a wrongful death, Burg Simpson is here to help. We have a compassionate team ready to work and fight for you to get you the justice you deserve.

What Is a Wrongful Death Case and Who Can Recover Compensation?

A wrongful death suit seeks damages for those left behind following the needless death of a loved one. Persons generally eligible to recover damages include a surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased. Other next of kin may also be able to recover damages if they can prove how they have been injured as a result of the loss of their family member.

What Can You Be Compensated For?

You may be qualified for compensation to recover damages for the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of financial support from the deceased
  • Loss of services from the deceased
  • Loss of companionship, consortium, care, assistance, attention, protection, advice, guidance, counsel, instruction, training, and education
  • Mental anguish

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Ohio has strict guidelines for who can file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim can only be brought by the personal representative of the deceased individual’s estate. The personal representative can be designated in the deceased’s will or appointed by a probate court. Oftentimes, the personal representative will be a surviving spouse or other family members of the deceased.

The Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death Cases are:

  • Car Crashes
  • Motorcycle Collisions
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Incidents
  • Defective Products
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Construction Accidents
  • Work-related Injuries

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims in Ohio

The Ohio wrongful death statute defines the time restriction for filing these types of claims in civil court. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit in Ohio is typically two years from the date the victim passed away. If a wrongful death claim is filed after the two-year time restriction, the court may dismiss the claim and the surviving family members may forever lose their right to receive financial recovery or justice.

Do I Need to Hire a Cincinnati Wrongful Death Attorney?

Proving a wrongful death case can be difficult, and filing without the assistance of an experienced wrongful death attorney can make the process even more challenging. In addition to helping you prove that the death of your loved one was caused by another party’s negligent or wrongful act, your personal injury lawyer at Burg Simpson will also review the details of your case, investigate the incident, negotiate with insurance companies, file the necessary legal motions, and work to ensure that you do not miss important deadlines.

Why Choose Burg Simpson?

The attorneys at Burg Simpson will provide you with the help, support, protection, and legal guidance you need during this challenging time. Our lawyers have been assisting individuals and their families with wrongful death cases for over four decades, and we are here to help you. Call Burg Simpson now for a free consultation at (513) 852-5600.


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