There’s nothing more emotionally taxing than the sudden and accidental loss of someone you love. The pain that a family member suffers when their loved one passes away as a result of an accident is immeasurable. A wrongful death claim will never make up for the grief or bring back the person that has been lost, but it can provide a means to financial compensation for the losses that the surviving family members may have incurred.
The Importance of Hiring the Right Attorney
Unfortunately, there’s little awareness as to what can be done legally when a wrongful death occurs. In fact, even some seasoned lawyers may not be fully aware of the legal solutions that can be delivered to grieving family members. That is why it’s so important to make sure you hire the right wrongful death attorney for your claim. A skilled wrongful death attorney can assist you with wrongful death that occurs as a result of someone else’s negligence.
At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we possess almost 20 years of experience handling complex claims. Our Clearwater wrongful death attorneys assist clients in Tampa, Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, and throughout the Greater Tampa Bay Region and beyond.
Contact our office online or by phone at (727) 784-8191 to request a free case evaluation.
Why Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim?
In a case where a wrongful death has occurred, families and close relatives of the deceased often face financial consequences, along with the shock of losing their loved one. While the latter cannot be replaced, financial compensation for the losses that may have occurred can be recovered.
Depending on the circumstances involved in your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses for treatment before the victim passed away
- Funeral, burial, and/or memorial costs
- Loss of income/loss of expected income from the decedent
- Loss of support, including household and child-rearing support
- Loss of medical and/or retirement benefits
- Loss of companionship, affection, and/or consortium
- Pain, suffering, and grief
No amount of money can bring back a loved one, but a reliable wrongful death attorney can help you recover the financial losses that have come about as a result of the accident. Our professional and compassionate wrongful death lawyers in Clearwater have handled many wrongful death cases in the past and can aggressively represent you and your family.
When Is a Death Considered “Wrongful?”
When an accident occurs, a civil lawsuit can be filed against the negligent party. When only an injury occurs, the victim of the accident can file a claim themselves for the compensation of the injuries they have sustained. However, when an accident results in death, a close family member must file a claim to recover for the financial consequences. In Florida, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate must bring the wrongful death claim. The surviving spouse, children, parent(s), or any relative or adoptive sibling who was dependent on the deceased, either partially or entirely, may recover damages.
Wrongful death cases can occur in multiple situations; some common incidents include:
- Vehicular or roadside accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle or bike accidents
- Accidents in airplane crashes
- Occupational accidents
- Usage of defective products
- Death due to chemicals or exposure to radiation
- Malpractice in hospital settings
- Violent criminal acts
Essentially, a wrongful death occurs any time a person’s death could have and should have been prevented. This includes acts of negligence, as well as careless, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions that result in death.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim?
Florida law requires the personal representative of the deceased's estate to file a wrongful death claim. A personal representative may be a family member or not, whichever the case they file the claim on behalf of the deceased's surviving family. Those eligible to recover compensation include the deceased's parents, spouse, children, and any other blood relative or adoptive sibling who was partly or wholly depended on the deceased.
How Our Firm Can Help You
At The Fran Haasch Law Group, our lawyers are adept at handling all types of wrongful death cases. We understand the emotional and legal complexities involved in these types of claims, which is why we take the time to listen to you and your story, understand your unique needs, and work to achieve your goals. Our wrongful death attorneys in Clearwater offer compassionate, personalized legal support and aggressive advocacy on behalf of our clients. It costs nothing to meet with us and discuss your situation. In addition, we offer all our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay if and when we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
Call our office at (727) 784-8191 to speak to an experienced and dedicated attorney about your case today.