Wrongful Death Attorney in Tampa, FL
A Wrongful Death is a loss of life that never should have happened. And it would not have happened if care and consideration was used by others.
A Wrongful Death is not a passing solely by natural causes or by an unforeseen act of nature. Wrongful Deaths are foreseeable and they are preventable when drivers, companies and all others follow safety rules that keep use safe and free from harm.
Every one of us has duty to act reasonably and responsibly toward others. When someone does something that causes harm to another person, then that person is responsible for the harm that they cause and all the pain and suffering that flows from it.
All deaths are tragic, but a Wrongful Death means that the person we lost should still be with us. They should be still alive. They should still be with us, caring and providing for us. And now, they are gone. They died because someone else was careless or senseless. Their death was needless and unnecessary. It could have been prevented. It did not have to happen.
WHAT IS A WRONGFUL DEATH?
If you have lost a loved one and want to determine if their death has legal implications for those who caused it, then ask yourself the following questions:
- Did someone else make a poor decision or an unreasonable mistake that caused the death or lead to the death?
- Was the death caused by someone failing to follow safety rules designed to prevent harm?
- Would they still be alive if someone else acted sensibly or reasonably?
- Was there anything that should have been done to prevent the events that lead to the loss of life?
An answer of “yes” to any of these questions means that your loved one died a needless, unnecessary, and preventable death. Theirs was a Wrongful Death. Now what can you do about it?
WHO CAN BRING A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM?
Survivors can bring Wrongful Death Claims against those who caused the death of their loved one.
“Survivors” means the person who die’s spouse, children, parents, and, when partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services, any blood relatives and adoptive brothers and sisters.
It includes the child born out of wedlock of a mother, but not the child born out of wedlock of the father unless the father has recognized a responsibility for the child’s support.
“Minor children” in a Wrongful Death mean all children under 25 years of age.
The unexpected loss caused by a wrongful death means so much pain and suffering to their surviving loved ones. It can also mean a sudden and catastrophic financial loss as well.
- Did your loved one provide any type of financial support for you and the other survivors?
- Did the survivors rely on and need that financial support?
- Has that financial support been reduced, or taken away altogether?
LOST LOVE, CARING AND AFFECTION
Most people agree that the greatest loss felt by survivors of a Wrongful Death is the loss of love, caring and affection. And for many, it is the hurt that lasts longest and for some, never goes away.
The surviving spouse may recover for loss of the decedent’s companionship and protection and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.
Minor children of the decedent, and all children of the decedent if there is no surviving spouse, may also recover for lost parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.
Each parent of a deceased minor child may also recover for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.
Each parent of an adult child may also recover for mental pain and suffering if there are no other survivors.
COPING WITH TRAGEDY AND STILL DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT
While the Florida Wrongful Death law can never restore the life lost or take away the pain and anguishing of the living, it does provide compensation for these kind of losses and many others.
Florida has a two (2) year Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Claims. That’s why it is very important to take immediate action to contact a reputable Wrongful Death lawyers who can protect your legal rights.
IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED
Contact our office at the earliest possible moment. We can deploy our field investigators who will begin gathering and preserving the important evidence that will be needed