Wesley Chapel Wrongful Death Attorney
Every year, hundreds of people die in accidents in Florida. Their family members often have no idea why their loved one died, and they don’t know what steps to take next. Losing a family member in a car accident, truck accident, or other incident is emotionally devastating. It also can come with a steep financial cost.
At Moore Law, we take pride in representing family members who are seeking justice. Fortunately, Florida law allows the estate’s personal representative to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This suit will not bring your loved one back, but it can provide closure and financial compensation to those left behind. Contact our Wesley Chapel wrongful death attorney for more information.
How to Identify a Wrongful Death
The fact that your loved one died, unfortunately, does not mean that the death was “wrongful” under Florida law. Instead, Fla. Stat. § 768.19 defines wrongful death as any death caused by the negligence, default, or breach of warranty or contract of another party. The defendant could have accidentally killed your loved one or intentionally done so. The wrongful death statute covers either situation.
In most cases, wrongful deaths occur in the context of accidents, like car accidents, where one party was behaving carelessly. If their conduct was unreasonable, then anyone who dies as a result has suffered a wrongful death. We see many wrongful deaths caused by drunk driving, speeding, tailgating, aggressive driving, and distracted driving.
If you have lost a loved one, reach out to our Wesley Chapel wrongful death attorney to review whether you have a claim. We can analyze the facts to better understand your legal options.
Compensation for Losing a Loved One
Wrongful death lawsuits are civil suits for money damages. They are not criminal trials. If we are successful, at most we obtain compensation for the losses our clients have suffered, such as:
- Lost support and services the deceased would have provided had he or she lived;
- Loss of companionship when a spouse dies;
- Loss of guidance, instruction, and companionship when a parent dies;
- Pain and suffering when a child dies;
- Any expenses (medical or funeral) that a family member pays.
Estimating the amount of compensation our clients can receive depends on many factors, so it is hard to speak of “average” settlements. Instead, we need to carefully examine your loved one’s age, job, and education, along with the degree of support they provided family members before death.
We can also bring a lawsuit to recover money for the estate, such as any money paid for medical care or a funeral, among other losses. These funds ultimately get disbursed to the deceased person’s heirs.
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We understand this is a difficult time for grieving family members, but Florida law requires that you file a wrongful death suit within two years. Delay only harms your case. Moore Law has the experience that clients have come to expect during difficult times, so please call us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.