Orlando Wrongful Death Lawyers Helping Families Secure Compensation
Nothing is more shattering than unexpectedly and abruptly losing someone you love because someone else was negligent. In Florida, if one person’s negligence is a direct cause of another person’s death, the victim’s family may be able to recover compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.
If you lose a loved one due to another person’s negligence, contact the wrongful death lawyers at Page & Eichenblatt right away. Our team has more than 25 years of experience fighting for compensation for surviving family members in wrongful death cases. Let us work tirelessly to reach the best possible outcome in your case.
Your first consultation with the legal team at Page & Eichenblatt is free with no obligation. If we handle your wrongful death claim, you pay no attorney’s fee until you are compensated. Call Page & Eichenblatt at (407) 386-1900 to learn more.
What Are Common Types of Wrongful Death Claims?
Wrongful death can occur almost anywhere – in a traffic collision, in an incident of medical malpractice, at a construction site, in a swimming pool accident, or even because a property owner neglected to maintain safe conditions on a property.
Many wrongful death claims arise as a result of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, slip and falls, and pedestrian accidents. These are some of the most common types of wrongful death claims filed in the state of Florida.
What Types of Compensation Are Awarded in Wrongful Death Claims?
No amount of money can assuage the grief of losing someone you love in an accident that didn’t have to happen. However, an experienced wrongful death lawyer will fight for the resources that your family may need in the future.
Surviving family members can recover several types of damages in a wrongful death claim, including compensation for:
- The value of the lost support and services that the decedent provided to family members
- Loss of the companionship, and security provided by the decedent to the surviving spouse
- Mental pain and suffering experienced by the surviving spouse, parents, and children
- Loss of parental guidance and instruction provided by the decedent to the children
- Funeral and medical costs
Every wrongful death claim is different, so the amount and type of compensation that is awarded will vary on a case-by-case basis. It’s best to speak to a wrongful death attorney at Page & Eichenblatt to learn more about the value of your claim.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?
Under Florida law, if a death is caused by the “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract” of another person or party, the deceased person’s estate may file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation from the at-fault party.
The state of Florida only allows the personal representative of the decedent’s estate to bring a wrongful death action. The personal representative may be named in the decedent’s estate plan or will. If no personal representative was named by the decedent, the court will appoint one.
Although the personal representative is the only one who can file a claim, a number of family members can recover compensation in a wrongful death claim. In fact, the personal representative must file the claim on behalf of the victim’s family. The personal representative must identify every surviving family member who has an interest in the claim. The family members who may receive compensation include:
- The decedent’s parents, spouse, and children
- Blood relatives or adopted siblings who had been “partly or wholly dependent on the decedent”
Learn more about your legal right to recover compensation in a wrongful death claim by contacting Page & Eichenblatt today.
When Should You Contact A Wrongful Death Attorney?
The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in Florida is two years. This means in most cases, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of the victim’s death. The two-year statute of limitations deadline may be “tolled” or paused under certain circumstances, but this is rare.
Do not wait until the last minute to take legal action. If you miss this deadline, you could lose the right to recover compensation for your devastating loss. It’s best to speak with an attorney about your family’s rights immediately after a wrongful death. Witnesses can forget the details and evidence can deteriorate or even disappear if you fail to act swiftly.
A wrongful death attorney at Page & Eichenblatt will investigate the details of your loved one’s wrongful death, determine who should be held accountable, and work tirelessly to secure the compensation your family deserves.
How Will Your Wrongful Death Claim Be Resolved?
Many wrongful death claims are resolved through negotiations that take place outside of the courtroom. Your attorney and the at-fault party’s insurance company will negotiate until they reach an agreed upon settlement.
But if the insurance company refuses to negotiate or make a fair offer, your attorney may recommend taking the case to court and asking a jury to award the compensation that your family deserves. Sometimes, simply filing a lawsuit in court is enough to persuade the insurance company to make a fair offer and resolve the claim. But if not, our attorneys will be ready to fight for the compensation you deserve in the courtroom.
Schedule A No-Cost Consultation With Our Wrongful Death Lawyers
Have you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence? If so, seek legal representation from the wrongful death attorneys at Page & Eichenblatt as soon as possible. Our Orlando personal injury attorneys are committed to helping surviving family members secure the compensation they are entitled to by law.
Our attorneys work on a contingent fee basis. Surviving family members pay no attorney’s fee until our attorneys successfully recover compensation on their behalf. This allows every family to have a day in court.
If you’ve lost a loved one, call us now at (407) 386-1900 or use the contact form here on our website. If your family has been hurt by a wrongful death, we are here to fight for you.