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What You Need To Know About Wrongful Death Lawsuits

What You Need To Know About Wrongful Death LawsuitsThanks to the coverage that they get in the news, we’re all fairly aware of the various personal injury lawsuits out there. In Florida, thousands of accidents happen every day – some mild, some major. In the worst case scenario, these accidents can lead to death.
The loss of a loved one is difficult, and nothing can bring them back. But a wrongful death lawsuit could help to at least bring some sense of justice and closure to the ordeal, if the death of a loved one was caused through the negligence and recklessness of another party. Understanding a little more about wrongful death lawsuits is important if you think that you may have a case.

Wrongful death lawsuits help offset the costs of funeral arrangements, but a settlement can also do much more. Settlement amounts take into account things like:

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral arrangements
  • Financial impact the loss of the loved one has on a family
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • And more

In short, numerous factors are added into a settlement to help ensure that those left behind are able to get some form of closure and stability in their life. Losing a loved one can have a tremendous impact on your life, and being able to ease the financial burden after it happens is important.

All wrongful death lawsuits will really come down to things like fault, negligence, and recklessness. This means a couple of very specific things. The other party involved must be shown to have done something negligent or reckless, and that action must have led directly to the injury that caused the wrongful death.

For example, a truck driver who knowingly drives when they’re over the time limit for driving in a day and who causes an accident will be negligent and reckless. A business owner that knows about a safety issue but does absolutely nothing about it, and which leads to death of a tenant or guest on the property will as well. These are just two examples.

In most cases, speaking to a professional wrongful death attorney is the best way to figure out more about what your options are. Start by spending some time finding the right attorney. Look for one with a history of helping clients with wrongful death cases, and one who has a solid level of experience.

A few things will happen when you find the attorney. To begin with, they’ll set up a free initial consultation. During this, you’ll be able to talk to the attorney, explain your situation, and tell them what happened. You may want to bring in additional things like accident reports, but it might not be needed during this first visit.

If the attorney agrees to take your case, there’s actually very little you’ll do from that point onward. They’ll handle the hard work, while you can focus on grieving and getting your life back on track again. They are an extremely important ally to have. Studies have shown that the likelihood of a case being settled out of court is higher, and that the settlement amount is larger, when an attorney is on your side. In other words, they help you get what you deserve faster and help you get more.

If you’ve lost a loved one to a death that was caused by another party – from drunk driving to a work related accident – you need to speak to an attorney. The consultation visit will be free, and they can tell you whether or not you have the right to seek compensation for your loss. It won’t bring back your loved one, but it can help you get your life back on track to some degree. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

What You Need To Know About Wrongful Death Lawsuits

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