In some cases, there may be more than one party liable in wrongful death suit. It can be exceptionally hard to pinpoint and prove fault with cases of this nature, though. If you are contemplating filing a wrongful death claim, speak with a local attorney in Cleveland to help determine whether or not negligence existed and against which parties you should file suit.

Multiple Parties May Be Liable for a Wrongful Death


Any party that contributed to your loved one’s death via carelessness or negligence potentially may be liable in wrongful death claim. In some situations, you can file suit against more than one party.

This can happen, for instance, if your loved one was in a car accident in which multiple parties were involved. It’s also possible in medical negligence cases. Sometimes you can file against both the doctor and the hospital or both the surgeon and the attendants.

A suit can be filed against an individual, a business or both. Establishing fault can be difficult in some cases and might necessitate an investigation, an accident reconstruction expert, and a careful examination of evidence by a wrongful death attorney.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death


Some common types of wrongful death include: 

  •  Car accidents;
  • Defective products and drugs;
  • Premises liability cases;
  • Work-related accidents; and
  • Medical malpractice cases.

With each of these types of cases, more than one party may be liable. According to Ohio Revised Code §2125.02(B), if the case is successful, you may be able to collect compensation for the decedent’s estate, such as:


  • Loss of the financial support your loved one would have provided;
  • Loss of services;
  • Loss of companionship, care, consortium, advice, attention, counsel, training, education and other similar forms of loss of society;
  • Loss of inheritance; and
  • Mental anguish.

Other damages may be recoverable as well. Damages are distributed based on state statutes or according to the deceased’s will, if one existed.


Discuss a Medical Malpractice Court Case with an Attorney in Cleveland


If you have a medical malpractice case, discuss your situation with an attorney in your area. For a medical malpractice firm in Cleveland, contact Ryan, LLP. We have more than 50 years of combined experience in helping clients pursue claims and secure settlements for medical malpractice. Call us today at 877-864-9495 or contact us online.