St. Lucie County Wrongful Death
If your loved one died due to the intentional or negligent actions of another person or entity, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Although no amount of money can undo such a tragic experience, filing a successful claim may allow you to regain your financial stability. The St. Lucie County wrongful death attorneys at Donaldson & Weston are ready to help you fight for justice and the highest possible compensation.
We understand how traumatic the loss of a family member can be. Our wrongful death lawyers will evaluate your case during a free consultation to determine the most strategic way to proceed with your claim. Call 772-266-5555 today to speak with an accident attorney at our law firm.Damages Recoverable in Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Monetary awards in wrongful death cases can be substantial. The potential value of your case will depend on many factors including:
- The nature of your relationship with the deceased;
- The cause of death;
- The cost of healthcare and funeral expenses arising from the death; and
- The value of any potential net accumulations the deceased would have left in his or her estate.
There are different types of damages that may be recovered by the deceased's survivors and the deceased's estate. Survivors are those who are entitled to damages after a family member's death. The estate is what the deceased passes down to beneficiaries in the deceased's will or, if there is no will, to beneficiaries as determined by Florida's intestate succession laws.
Damages that may be recovered by survivors include:
- Loss of protection and companionship;
- Loss of support and services;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of parental instruction, guidance, and companionship; and
- Funeral, burial, and medical expenses paid by a survivor.
Damages that may be recovered by the estate include:
- The deceased's lost earnings;
- The deceased's funeral, burial, and medical expenses; and
- Loss of the deceased's net accumulations.
There’s a lot to do in the aftermath of a loved one’s death. In the wake of such a devastating event, bringing a wrongful death claim might be an afterthought. But if you wait too long, important evidence to prove liability and damages might become unavailable. There are also important deadlines you must meet and steps you must take over the days and weeks that follow the death for your claim to be successful.
You should contact a St. Lucie County wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can guide you through every step of the proceedings, help you avoid costly mistakes, and calculate your damages so your claim includes all potentially recoverable losses.Qualities to Look for in a St. Lucie County Wrongful Death Attorney
The process of recovering a fair settlement in a wrongful death claim is rarely straightforward. This is especially true when a family has incurred substantial damages. There are all sorts of complications that can arise during the proceedings that could cause a delay or threaten the outcome of your case, so it’s important that you consult a St. Lucie County wrongful death lawyer right away.
You shouldn’t trust your case to just any attorney. If your financial security is on the line, you’ll want to be confident that your legal team has the experience, resources, and dedication to provide effective representation. Here are just a few factors to consider before hiring a wrongful death lawyer:
- Relevant Experience: Just because a law firm accepts wrongful death cases doesn’t mean they have extensive experience representing clients who are in your particular situation. There are many factors that will make your claim unique—from the cause of death to the location of the accident to the amount of compensation being sought. Find out if the prospective lawyer has won cases that are similar to yours. Such an attorney will know the most effective strategies to use given the facts of your claim and will be able to anticipate and avoid disputes.
- Trial Experience: Even if the prospective attorney has won settlements in cases like yours, that doesn’t mean he or she has the litigation experience to represent your interests if a settlement cannot be reached. At Donaldson & Weston, our trial attorneys have many decades of combined experience litigating complex, high-stakes cases. They’re not afraid to take your case to trial if the opposing party refuses to cooperate, and you can rest assured that they know the most effective strategies to employ during the proceedings.
- Compassion: Your St. Lucie County wrongful death lawyer should have a genuine interest in alleviating the hardship faced by you and your loved ones. As a client of Donaldson & Weston, you will be treated with the utmost professionalism, respect, and compassion from day one. We are proud of what we do and dedicated to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome.
- Accessibility: You should have a direct line of contact to your attorney throughout the proceedings. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but it will also ensure you have reliable guidance whenever you have questions.
To win your claim, you’ll need to prove liability, causation, and damages. A party can be held liable for the death of another person if that party’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing was the proximate cause of death. If strict liability applies, a finding of fault is not necessary to establish liability.
Proving causation requires your wrongful death lawyer to show how the defendant’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing caused the death. Even if strict liability applies, your attorney must still demonstrate the proximate cause of the death. Finally, your lawyer will have to prove the types of damages incurred and their value.Call 772-266-5555 for a FREE Consultation with a St. Lucie County Wrongful Death Lawyer
Our attorneys have the knowledge, legal strategies, and experience to help you overcome the legal hurdles you will encounter on the path to a fair settlement. Call us today at 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to arrange a free initial consultation.