Port Charlotte Wrongful Death Attorneys
Helping Families in Southwest Florida
When a loved one dies, the emotional toll can be overwhelming. When the death is caused by the negligence of another, the emotional toll is often compounded by financial stress. The Port Charlotte wrongful death lawyers at The Dellutri Law Group, PA, understand the pain and suffering that families experience when a loved one is lost. We are here to help you through this difficult time.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit that is brought by the family members of a person who has died as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to provide compensation to the family members who have suffered a loss as a result of the death.
Wrongful death claims can be brought for a variety of reasons, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Workplace accidents
Wrongful death claims are brought by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. The personal representative is typically a family member, such as a spouse or adult child. The personal representative is responsible for pursuing the claim on behalf of the surviving family members.
Surviving family members who may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death claim include:
- Surviving Spouse: The surviving spouse is typically the first in line to receive damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. This includes compensation for loss of companionship, support, and potential future income.
- Children: If there is no surviving spouse or in cases where the surviving spouse and children share the loss, the children of the deceased may be entitled to damages. This includes compensation for lost parental companionship, guidance, and potential financial support.
- Parents: If the deceased person has no surviving spouse or children, or in certain circumstances, the parents of the deceased may be eligible to seek damages for mental pain and suffering due to the loss of their child.
- Other Dependents: In some cases, individuals who were dependent on the deceased for support or services may also be considered beneficiaries and entitled to damages.
Wrongful death claims are complex and require the assistance of an experienced attorney. The Port Charlotte wrongful death attorneys at The Dellutri Law Group, PA, have the knowledge and skill to handle these types of cases.
What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Claim?
There are several types of damages that may be available in a wrongful death claim. These damages are intended to compensate the surviving family members for the losses they have suffered as a result of the death.
Types of damages that may be available in a wrongful death claim include:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of services
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of parental guidance
- Pain and suffering
Calculating the value of a wrongful death claim can be difficult. The value of the claim will depend on a variety of factors, including the age and health of the deceased person, the amount of financial support the deceased person provided to the family, and the nature of the relationship between the deceased person and the surviving family members.
Our Port Charlotte wrongful death attorneys will work with you to determine the value of your claim and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Each state has its own statute of limitations for wrongful death claims. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the death. If you do not file a claim within the statute of limitations, you will be barred from recovering compensation.
There are some exceptions to the statute of limitations. For example, if the death was not immediately apparent, the statute of limitations may be extended. Additionally, if the death was caused by medical malpractice, the statute of limitations may be extended if the malpractice was not immediately apparent.
It is important to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your claim is filed within the statute of limitations.
How Can Our Port Charlotte Wrongful Death Attorneys Help?
When you lose a loved one, the last thing you want to do is deal with a legal claim. Our Port Charlotte wrongful death attorneys will handle all aspects of your claim so that you can focus on your family.
When you hire our firm, we will:
- Investigate the cause of the death
- Identify all potentially liable parties
- Handle all communication with the insurance companies
- Calculate the value of your claim
- Negotiate with the insurance companies to get you a fair settlement
- Prepare your case for trial if a settlement cannot be reached
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