With our subtropical climate and great entertainment and dining options, St Petersburg is easy for its residents to love. But when you lose a loved one due to the reckless or negligent actions of someone else, every day can be difficult to find happiness in. If you've lost a loved one because of an accident, you shouldn't have to struggle financially.
Our attorneys have decades of experience in fighting for those who've lost loved ones. We will make them pay and get you the compensation - and the justice - that you deserve.
Why Seek Compensation?
Many people feel that since nothing can bring their loved ones back, that seeking compensation is just something that can drag out the grieving process. However, the reality is that seeking compensation is well worth doing - for numerous reasons.
- It can provide a sense of closure to the bereaved
- It helps replace the lost income from losing a loved one
- It can help you focus on mourning and grief rather than financial hardship
- It allows you to avoid medical bills that are left behind
In short, compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit is something that can help you pick up the pieces of your life and move on following an accidental death of a loved one. It won't bring them back, but it can help those who are left live fully again.
Who Can Seek Compensation?
Under Florida law, blood relatives who have lost a loved one can seek restitution following the loss of life. Family members who can seek compensation include:
- Blood relatives who relied on the deceased for services or support
- Adoptive siblings who depended on the deceased as well
It's also important to remember that you have a limited period of time to seek compensation. If you don't file a claim of wrongful death within 2 years of the date of death, you can't seek compensation in this way at all. As such, it's important to contact our attorneys as soon as possible to get the ball rolling and let us start fighting to get you what you deserve.
What Damages Can You Be Paid For?
A wrongful death settlement will award damages based on a variety of different things. Some of the factors that will be include in settlements will likely include:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of income estimated over the average lifespan of the deceased
- Loss of parental or spousal companionship
- Loss of parental guidance
Each settlement is unique, but these basic points are used as the fundamentals of a settlement. Your attorney will work with medical and economic experts to develop a solid estimate for what can be a fair settlement offer, then they'll negotiate with the other side to help get you what you deserve - and if needed, our team will go to the courts and fight for your compensation there. We're tireless, fierce advocates for our clients.
In a St Petersburg wrongful death lawsuit, you must be able to show that the party responsible for the death of your loved one acted in a manner that was reckless or negligent. In general, this means you must show that they behaved in a way that any reasonable person would consider to be negligent. This can include:
- Failure to maintain a safe property or warn visitors of any safety risks
- Drunk driving
- Texting while driving
- Failure to yield to pedestrians
- Failure to follow traffic laws
- And more
In order to do this, you'll need a good St Petersburg wrongful death attorney on your side. Our legal teams fight for your rights and have no problem standing up to the insurance companies or legal teams that may be trying to bully you around or refuse payment. And you won't pay us a dime until we win your case, so you don't have to worry about legal fees. We want you to heal, recover from your loss, and move on. And by taking the fight to those responsible, we do just that. Contact us today and let us get you justice.
The lawyers of Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh have the firm belief that justice pays.