The role of a Florida wrongful death attorney is twofold:
- To protect you from those who threaten your right to a financial recovery
- To win the compensation you deserve
You and your family have been through enough. A qualified wrongful death attorney can handle every aspect of your Florida case, from gathering evidence to negotiating a fair settlement to representing you at trial, if necessary. After the loss of a loved one, it’s a wrongful death attorney’s job to fight for justice on their behalf—and yours.
What Does a Florida Wrongful Death Attorney Do?
A wrongful death lawyer’s official role is to get compensation for their client. However, the situation is far more complex than that. Your wrongful death attorney can serve numerous roles, including:
First and foremost, a wrongful death lawyer must protect their client(s). As your legal representative, an attorney can:
- Communicate with attorneys for liable parties
- Deal with any insurance companies involved in your case
- Prevent hostile parties (such as other attorneys or insurance companies) from contacting you
- Help you make any written or verbal statements related to your case
- Advise you throughout the legal process
- Allow you to focus on your emotional recovery rather than legal matters
Threats may be difficult to identify, especially as you’re coping with the effects of grief. An experienced attorney understands and is fully prepared for the tactics that unfriendly parties may use against you. Trust the proven attorneys from our firm to keep you and your case safe.
Wrongful death cases are tragic. Clients deserve nothing but the utmost respect, and that’s what your Florida wrongful death attorney should provide. We go the extra mile to shield you from distress and get the financial recovery you are entitled to.
Just as importantly, your attorney will work to honor the memory of your lost loved one. Though wrongful death cases are often difficult, they’re also necessary. Your attorney will strive to make this process as pain-free as possible for you.
A wrongful death lawyer can thoroughly investigate your loved one’s passing. The steps of the investigation will depend on the circumstances that caused their death, but typically involve:
- Speaking with witnesses
- Consulting experts in relevant fields, such as motor vehicle accidents or medical malpractice
- Visiting the scene of the fatal incident
- Reconstructing any event(s) that led to your loved one’s passing
- Taking any other necessary steps to understand the reason for your loved one’s passing
The investigation is the launching point for a wrongful death case. A skilled attorney relies on seasoned experts and investigators to gather as much relevant evidence as possible.
A wrongful death attorney must also document the damages caused by your loved one’s passing. To do so, they may need to gather medical records, bills and receipts, mental health expert testimony, funeral-related invoices, and any other documents that prove the effect of your loved one’s tragic passing.
Recoverable damages for wrongful death victimsin Florida may include:
- Funeral expenses: A funeral costs $15,000 on average, a figure that will likely continue to grow. An attorney can demand that liable parties cover the entire cost of your loved one’s funeral.
- Medical expenses: If you have medical bills related to your loved one’s fatal injury or illness, an attorney can seek compensation to cover them.
- Your pain and suffering: A sudden loss can cause shock, immense grief, and other forms of pain and suffering. An attorney can consult with mental health experts to identify and determine the cost of your pain and suffering.
- Any treatment you need to cope with grief: If you decide to seek treatment for grief or other symptoms of your loss, an attorney can ask liable parties to pay for it.
- The decedent’s pain and suffering: This loss accounts for any distress or pain your loved one suffered because of someone else’s negligence.
- Lost financial support: If your loved one’s passing has cost you financial support, such as the loss of their income, you deserve money to replace it.
Your attorney can also consider other damages related to your loved one’s death, such as vehicle repairs required after a fatal car accident.
An attorney can also calculate the cost of your loved one’s passing. Losing a loved one costs so much more than money, but it’s your attorney’s job to put the entire scope of your loss into a single financial figure.
First, we must consider the economic damages you have suffered. The National Safety Council reports that fatal motor vehicle accidents cost an average of nearly $1.8 million in economic costs alone. When you factor in non-economic damages, the cost can be significantly higher.
Fight for Compensation
Your attorney will then fight for the financial recovery you deserve, working tirelessly to secure a settlement or a jury award for you.
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What Makes a Death Wrongful?
A death is wrongful if it results from negligence. Negligence occurs when someone acts unreasonably or recklessly, causing harm as a result.
There are countless examples of fatal negligence, with clients who lose loved ones under a wide range of circumstances. Some examples of potentially fatal negligence include:
- Motorists who drive dangerously
- Medical professionals who put patients at risk of harm
- Manufacturers who release dangerous products to the public
- Pet owners who expose others to a dangerous animal
Whatever the circumstances may be, an attorney will fight for justice for you and your loved one.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today for Your Free Consultation
You deserve a law firm that will go the extra mile for you. Our team believes that you should have the privacy and freedom to focus on your mental health and your grieving loved ones. A Florida wrongful death attorney from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can manage every aspect of your case.
All states have deadlines for filing wrongful death cases—for instance, Florida Statutes § 95.11 allows just two years from the date of your loved one’s death. To get started now and learn more about the role of a wrongful death attorney, contact us today for your free consultation.
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