Florida Wrongful Death
The sudden loss of a loved one is always traumatic for family members, but when the death was caused by someone else’s negligence, coping can be especially difficult. The Florida wrongful death attorneys at Donaldson & Weston understand the hardship you are facing, and we are here to help you pursue justice and the compensation you need to regain your financial security.
Our wrongful death lawyers are skilled settlement negotiators and seasoned litigators who have recovered several multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. Call 772-266-5555 today to schedule a free case evaluation.Types of Florida Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
A wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the wrongful act, default, breach of contract, or negligence of another person or entity. Our attorneys handle a wide range of wrongful death cases including those involving:
- Car, motorcycle, truck, train, and ATV accidents;
- Drunk and distracted driving accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Boating accidents;
- Hit and run accidents;
- Uber and Lyft accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Injuries due to dangerous premises; and
- Workplace accidents.
With decades of combined experience handling wrongful death cases, our attorneys have the knowledge and legal strategies to represent your family’s interests and help you fight for a fair settlement.Parties Who can Recover Compensation After a Wrongful Death in Florida
There are several different parties who may be entitled to compensation after a wrongful death in Florida including:
- The deceased's spouse;
- Any minor children of the deceased, or all children if the deceased has no surviving spouse;
- Parents of the deceased—if the deceased was a minor child, or if the deceased was an adult and had no other surviving family members;
- The party who paid for the deceased's medical, burial, and funeral expenses; and
- The deceased's estate.
In the state of Florida, wrongful death claims can include compensation for economic and non-economic losses such as:
- Funeral and burial expenses;
- Medical bills resulting from the deceased’s final injury or illness;
- Lost income from the date of the deceased's final injury to his or her death;
- Loss of prospective net accumulations of the estate;
- Loss of companionship and protection;
- Mental pain and suffering; and
- Loss of parental companionship, guidance, and instruction.
Now two wrongful death attorneys are exactly alike. Some lawyers only accept cases that have a very high probability of ending in a settlement; they aren’t willing to invest the time and effort needed to handle complex cases. Other attorneys lack the knowledge, experience, and legal strategies to provide exceptional representation.
The Florida wrongful death attorneys at Donaldson & Weston are committed to giving each of our clients the best possible chance of recovering the compensation they deserve. Although we approach each case as if we are going to trial, our goal is to obtain the maximum compensation for you and your family as quickly as possible.Deadlines for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Florida
There’s always a lot to do following the loss of a loved one, especially if the death was unanticipated. In other words, seeking legal counsel might not be at the top of your to-do list.
If you think you might file a tort claim at some point, though, it’s wise to call a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Every state has strict deadlines for filing wrongful death lawsuits, and Florida is no different.
Typically, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate has two years from the date on which the death occurred to bring the case to court. In other words, if your family is unable to reach a settlement with the liable party’s insurance adjuster, you’ll have to proceed to trial within 24 months of the passing. If this deadline passes before you file suit, your case will most likely be dismissed.
Since there are exceptions to this statute, it’s important that you take legal action right away. If, for example, you file the claim against a government agency, you’ll have to initiate the proceedings sooner so the required 180-day investigation period can take place.How Much is our Family’s Case Worth?
Here at Donaldson & Weston, we are committed to practicing with honesty, integrity, and transparency, which means we will never promise to secure a sizable settlement for any client, no matter how strong their case appears to be. What we can do, however, is help you determine what a fair settlement might look like, gather all available evidence, and use proven legal strategies to fight for every dollar you deserve.
During your free consultation, one of our wrongful death attorneys will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and explain the potential outcomes based on your situation, the relevant statutes and case law, and our experience resolving similar claims. We will discuss the steps you can take to improve your claim’s chance of success and possibly increase your financial recovery. Those steps might include staying off social media and avoiding correspondence with the insurance company.Will We Have to go to Trial?
The idea of going to trial and facing the party responsible for your loved one’s death may be enough to make you think twice about filing a claim. Fortunately, most wrongful death claims are resolved before reaching court.
If your case happens to be one of the few that goes before a judge, you can rest assured that our attorneys have extensive litigation experience. In fact, we prepare all claims for trial even if a settlement is the expected outcome. This lets the insurance adjuster know we are committed to seeing the case through to the end. It also prevents unnecessary delays in the event that going to court is the best course of action.
Fortunately, insurance companies throughout Florida know that our trial attorneys are relentless in the courtroom. This often gives them more incentive to pay a fair settlement without going to trial.Call 772-266-5555 to Speak with a Florida Wrongful Death Lawyer Today!
It’s never easy to cope in the aftermath of a loved one’s death. Between helping your family members adjust to the loss and handling your usual obligations, it can seem impossible to catch your breath. The wrongful death attorneys at Donaldson & Weston are here to alleviate the burden by guiding you through the logistics of the claims process so you can focus on more important matters.
We have the knowledge, courtroom experience, and resources to help you and your family navigate through this difficult chapter. Our Florida wrongful death attorneys will fight aggressively to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
We offer free, no-obligation consultations, during which we will answer your questions, provide detailed legal advice, and help you determine how to proceed with your claim. Call 772-266-5555 or contact us online to speak with a wrongful death attorney at our law firm.