Because of the two-year statute of limitations to bring a wrongful death case in Ohio, it’s important to get started as soon as possible. While this can be painful for loved ones who must keep revisiting this painful incident and collect evidence of damages, it’s a vital step in the wrongful death claim process.
According to the Ohio Code 2125.02, wrongful death damages may include losses and expenses related to:
Calculating economic damages like medical bills and funeral and burial expenses is relatively straightforward. Evidence of bills and receipts related to these damages can help establish a fair amount. Lost future wages may be fairly straightforward, though it’s important to consider the amount of years the decedent would have worked and other factors that might influence wages.
Surviving family considering a wrongful death claim should speak with an attorney for help calculating a fair amount for noneconomic damages like loss of society and mental anguish that survivors experience. These do not have a definitive price tag and can be difficult to calculate.
In order to file a successful wrongful death case, surviving family must establish that another party is responsible for the accident and the resultant damages they are trying to collect.
To prove a wrongful death, you must prove:
To clear up any concerns about how to calculate damages for a wrongful death claim in Cleveland and clarify your questions, call Ryan, LLP at 877-864-9495 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation to discuss your case.