Practice Areas / Death & Serious Injuries / Wrongful DeathColumbus and Cincinnati Wrongful Death Attorneys

Lawyers Who Uncover The Truth After A Wrongful Death.

When a loved one dies prematurely, you deserve to know why. Our experienced legal team finds the answers and fights to hold wrongdoers accountable.

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We excel in complex wrongful death cases.

We have experience holding responsible parties accountable—no matter how powerful they are or how hard they try to escape justice. In fact, our legal work has resulted in new state laws to prevent wrongful deaths in Ohio.


Tell us what happened. We’ll take it from there.

After a loved one dies, you are faced with difficult emotions and new challenges every day. We want you to focus on healing, so we work quickly to protect your rights and find out what led to their death. Then we do everything we can to seek justice and make sure it doesn't happen again.


Share your story and how the death of your loved one has affected your life at your initial consultation.


We gather information, interview witnesses, and obtain police and medical records.


Accident reconstruction specialists, medical professionals, and other professionals explain what happened and why.


You can rely on our expertise at every step, from filing court documents to trying your case in front of a jury.


We negotiate medical bills and funeral expenses and share resources to help you rebuild your life.


Some settlements include apologies, new business procedures, or something that's important to you.


Wrongful death case results that speak for themselves.

$3,664,186 Jury Verdict

for the family of a man electrocuted by faulty wiring installed by an HVAC company.

$5,725,500 Jury Verdict

for the death of a young mother and injuries to her husband in an automobile accident.

$1,900,000 Settlement

for the family of a 4-year-old child killed by a stove that the apartment complex had not secured.

Confidential Settlement

for the family of a woman who died after an ER doctor and hospital failed to treat her stroke.

*The outcome of any client’s case will depend on the particular legal and factual circumstances of the case.


Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have questions about your case or the timing involved with filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Here are answers to what many of our clients want to know.

What does “wrongful death” mean?

A wrongful death is the loss of life that results from someone else’s actions, whether intentional or due to negligence. The term covers many different situations, such as a car accident caused by a distracted driver, a doctor ignoring life-threatening symptoms, or a bar fight that went too far.

Each state has its own laws that cover wrongful death lawsuits. The laws specify who can file a wrongful death action, the types of losses that are eligible for compensation, and the deadline for filing a case in civil court (known as the statute of limitations), and other procedural details.

Who can file a wrongful death claim?

Typically, the immediate family, surviving spouse or domestic partner, or other beneficiaries of the deceased have the option of filing a wrongful death civil action.

Our law firm obtained the first decision in Ohio that recognized a domestic partner’s right to pursue claims for loss of companionship.

Each state has specific rules around this, which we can discuss with you during your initial consultation.

What can I expect in our initial legal consultation?

You will meet with an experienced wrongful death attorney who will listen to your story and discuss the legal options available to you. To investigate, it may be necessary for us to have a probate attorney open an estate for the decedent and have a family member appointed as the estate administrator. It's a quick but important step.

We will be honest with you about how the legal system works and possible avenues to explore to seek justice for the death of your loved one.

Every day, we meet with people who are picking up the pieces of their life after a tragedy. We understand, and we won't pressure you into doing anything you don't want to do at any step in the process.

How much will I have to pay for a wrongful death civil case?

Cooper Elliott offers free consultations, and we are paid only if we win your wrongful death lawsuit or settle your claim out of court. We discuss the details with you every step of the way so there are no surprises.

What is the average settlement for a wrongful death claim?

Connecting a dollar figure to the death of a loved one is an effort to provide for the family in a way the deceased would have wanted. It has nothing to do with the decedent's value as a person. There are certain factors that go into determining this amount, such as the age and health of the person who died, their earning capacity, and whether they had dependents who counted on them financially and emotionally.

Wrongful death settlements typically include medical expenses, funeral expenses, and the financial support the deceased would have provided had they lived.

Many wrongful death claims are settled out of court, and many settlements are confidential, which makes it difficult to find an average. For your reference, Cooper Elliott has obtained more than $350 million for clients in wrongful death settlements and lawsuits from different situations, such as car accidents, medical malpractice, inattentive childcare workers, hazing rituals, and amusement ride malfunctions. We will fight just as hard for you.

Is there a deadline for filing a wrongful death action?

Yes, each state has its own rules specifying how long you have to file a claim. The legal term for this is statute of limitations. For example, Ohio law typically requires a wrongful death action to begin within two years.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Process

Let us fight for you.

Has someone you loved died due to another person’s actions? Schedule a free consultation today to find the best way to seek justice. Here’s how it usually works:

  • Initial Conversation
  • Case Evaluation
  • Filing of Lawsuit
  • Exchange of Information
  • Mediation
  • Trial
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