The tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one can be an overwhelming time. More tragic still, in many of these situations, another party’s negligent or reckless actions may have caused or contributed to a death.
If you believe that the death of your loved one was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to hold the responsible party accountable with a wrongful death claim to seek justice for your loved one and recover compensation.
If you are struggling to find legal answers in these difficult times, contact the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos. Our Clearwater personal injury lawyers help clients dealing with the complex issues of wrongful death and survivorship in Florida. With more than 40 years of legal experience, our caring and knowledgeable team may be able to help you obtain the positive outcome you are seeking for your case. En Español.
Filing Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Florida
Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, survivors of the deceased are allowed to seek financial damages for lost support or services if a loved one is killed because of another party’s negligence or malice. In order to prove that there was negligence, in most cases, you must prove that the responsible party had a duty to the deceased, a duty in which they were negligent.
Certain elements must be present in order for a wrongful death lawsuit to succeed. These elements include: the death of a human being; negligence of another person, company, or entity; surviving family members that are suffering a monetary injury due to a death; and an appointed personal representative for the deceased’s estate.
Whether a wrongful death lawsuit involves a car accident, medical malpractice, defective products, nursing home abuse, or many other scenarios, our legal team has the proven knowledge and dedication to help you pursue justice and seek closure.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim
Anyone who has suffered damages because of the decedent’s death might be eligible to recover compensation from the negligent party. Those who are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit will vary, however, depending on the particular situation. Survivors who can seek a wrongful death claim usually include children, spouses, parents, adoptive siblings, and other relatives.
How Long Can You Wait to File
You have a narrow window of time in which you are able to take legal action for a wrongful death. This is known as Florida’s statute of limitations: You only have two years after the incident to file for wrongful death. You need to take immediate action! Should you fail to do so before the statute of limitations expires, you may be barred from recovering any level of financial compensation from the responsible party.
However, if you retain the award-winning legal team at the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, we are prepared to recover the compensation you and your loved ones need in this difficult time.
A wrongful death lawsuit can gain financial compensation for the following damages, as appropriate to the specifics of the case:
- Bills for end of life medical care
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
- Future therapy costs
How A Clearwater Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help
After an unexpected death, the suffering families are often left with the added burden of financial responsibilities. Our wrongful death lawyers can help you obtain financial compensation so you and your loved ones can focus on the process of healing and recovering. You do not have to face the future alone.
We offer compassionate, quality legal guidance to bereaved families. Please do not hesitate to contact our Clearwater wrongful death lawyers today. Our team is ready to help you understand your rights and options, and to handle the entire legal process.