Tampa Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing a loved one can be a devastating experience under any circumstance. But if the death was due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct, you may be able to recover damages with a wrongful death lawsuit. While no amount of money can bring your loved one back, you can get the compensation you need to help recover the cost of medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you’ve lost a loved one and are considering a wrongful death lawsuit, contact the Capaz Law Firm. We will take legal action against the at-fault party to hold them accountable for your loss.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit and Who Can File One?
When someone dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another, the surviving family members of the deceased may file a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for family members who were dependent on the deceased for financial and/or emotional support. Those who can file include a spouse, child or parent, or an adoptive sibling or other relative who was partly or wholly dependent on the deceased for support.
When Should I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida must be done within two years from the date of the death. If you do not file a lawsuit within two years, you may not ever be able to seek compensation for the wrongful death of your loved one. Therefore, it is vital to contact an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help you file a claim in a timely manner and can tell you whether your circumstances warrant an exception to the two year limitation.
Common Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Wrongful death lawsuits are often the result of:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Accidents in the workplace
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injuries
Wrongful Death Damages
The damages that may be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit include medical costs, funeral costs, mental pain and suffering, loss of companionship and more, depending on the relationship between the survivor and the deceased. However, many other factors will be considered when determining the amount of damages awarded such as the deceased’s net income available to the survivor. Additionally, the court may also choose to award punitive damages if the negligent party’s actions were intentional, reckless or grossly negligent. Ultimately, your attorney will need to review the details of your specific case to determine what damages you may be entitled to.
Contact a Tampa Wrongful Death Attorney
At the Capaz Law Firm, we understand that losing a loved one due to someone’s negligence is devastating. That’s why we’ll stand by your side to take legal action against the responsible party and hold them accountable. Let us fight for you. Contact the Capaz Law Firm today for your free consultation.
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