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If you are going through a recent loss of a loved one involving an accident or unintentional injury, then we at Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd offer our most sincere condolences. We know how hard a personal loss can be, especially if it involved the wrongful acts or negligence of another party.
When family members pass on, they can leave the survivors with more than just somber feelings. Medical bills, funeral & burial expenses, and the loss of income to the household can all have a devastating financial effect that compounds the emotional effects. The one consolation is that those who were responsible for the death might be held financially liable for these losses in the event of a successful wrongful death claim.
The experienced law team at Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd can be there for you and your family during what might be your time of greatest need. We help you calculate the full extent of your losses and then pursue compensation from all responsible parties.
Don’t be left paying for the loss of a loved one when you and your family are already going through enough. Call us today at (866) 930-6435 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-risk case review to discuss your legal options and rights today.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Events
A “wrongful death” is any death directly caused by the negligence or intentional violence of another person. Not every accidental or preventable death can qualify for a strong wrongful death claim. But if surviving family members are able to establish that the defendant breached an established duty of care, knew of the fatal risks of their actions, or otherwise engaged in criminal activity with the intent to cause harm, then they may be eligible to recover their losses from a wrongful death claim.
What are some of the more common causes behind wrongful death events? According to Florida Health, they include:
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Suffocation (often from a defective product)
- Fatal drug interactions
Other common causes include medical malpractice, animal attacks, defective product injuries, boating accidents, and violent attacks caused in part by negligent security.
What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Claim?
Every wrongful death claim involves unique scenarios and a unique set of damages. However, individuals may have some common categories of losses, such as the following:
- Outstanding medical bills for treatments directly related to the fatal injury event given to the decedent prior to their death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of projected lifetime income
- Pain and suffering and emotional distress of the family
- Loss of companionship and familial relationships
- Replacement value of domestic services the decedent once performed
In addition, a representative of the decedent’s estate may seek out losses that directly affected the decedent prior to their death, such as:
- Medical expenses paid directly by the decedent or their estate
- The decedent’s personal pain and suffering prior to their death
- Losses to the estate, such as the loss of benefits or lost wages
This latter type of claim is called a “survival action,” and it may be pursued at the same time as a wrongful death claim — potentially even by the same party.
Who Is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?
Florida law limits the parties able to file a wrongful death claim and seek damages. These parties include the decedent’s:
- Any blood relative or adoptive sibling who is “partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services”
The designated representative of the decedent’s estate is the only party permitted to seek a “recovery action”. This representative might be an attorney or accountant, or it could be a trusted family member designated as executor. In the event that no one has been designated, the laws of intestate succession will automatically designate the spouse, children, parents, or other surviving members as the estate representative.
Learn About Your Legal Right to Fight for Damages With an Experienced Okeechobee Wrongful Death Lawyer
Wrongful death claims can be complicated, and they may require extensive investigation on the part of the claimant. On top of that, the proper paperwork must be filed and responses to legal actions submitted within the expected timeframe.
Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd wants to help you have the highest chances possible of succeeding in your wrongful death claim. When you have appointed us as your attorneys, we fight vigorously to investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death and gather all evidence available. We have the resources to file all of the necessary motions and stay on top of critical deadlines. At the same time, we keep you informed every step of the way while communicating regularly to ensure your wishes are being met.
Learn how we can help you fight to hold those responsible for your loved one’s death accountable for the losses they inflicted. We will discuss your situation and your best options for moving forward when you call us today at (866) 930-6435 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation case review.
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