Wrongful Death Lawyer Florida
When a loved one is killed in an accident caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, Florida law allows the family of the victim to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible. At Tuttle Law, P.A., each wrongful death lawyer Florida clients turn to understands that no amount of money will ever make up for the tragic loss of a loved one. We also understand that this sudden loss is not only emotional devastation, but it can also be financially devastating.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Generally, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed in incidents where if the victim had survived, they would have been entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to obtain financial compensation for their medical expenses, loss of income from being unable to work, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, permanent disability, loss of life enjoyment, and more. These dame losses can be pursued under a wrongful death action filed by the victim’s survivors.
Under Florida’s wrongful death statute, all potential beneficiaries, as well as the victim’s estate, can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit can be filed by a victim’s spouse, children, parents (if the victim is a minor), and representative of the victim’s estate.
Damages include the value of the loss of support and services from the date the victim was injured until their death, as well as the value of future loss of support and services. Other damages that can be collected depend on which beneficiary is filing the lawsuit:
- The victim’s spouse: May also seek damages for loss of the victim’s companionship and protection, as well as damages for the mental anguish for their loss.
- The victim’s children: May also seek damages for loss of parental guidance, companionship, and instruction, as well as damages for the mental anguish for their loss.
- Parents of a minor child: May also seek damages for the mental anguish for their loss. If the victim was an adult child who had no spouse or children, the parents pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
The representative of the victim’s estate can pursue damages for an array of losses:
- Loss of income from the day the victim was injured until the day they died.
- Loss of future income
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
There are a number of situations that can result in a wrongful death lawsuit. Some of the more common that a Florida wrongful death lawyer sees in the cases he or she handles include:
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Dangerous or defective products
A Difficult Process
Wrongful death cases are difficult and tragic. No amount of money can truly make up for the loss, but a successful wrongful death case can bring a sense of closure by obtaining justice and financial compensation for their contributions to your family. The difficulty of these cases can be compounded by the fact that you are forced to deal with complex legal issues at a time when your world has been turned upside down, and you and your family are grieving. This is where we can assist.
At Tuttle Law, P.A., our attorneys are experienced with these legal complexities. We are highly sensitive to the emotional tumult everyone is undergoing. We can lift the burden of the legal aspects, ensuring you are not taken advantage of by insurance companies or their defense lawyers.
We can help your family with the complex calculus of bringing a wrongful death case. Call our office today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a Florida wrongful death lawyer and find out how we can help.