10 Questions To Ask Your Wrongful Death Lawyer
The untimely death of a close relative is one of the most difficult events a Florida family could experience, particularly if the accident resulted from another person’s negligence.
Fortunately, an experienced wrongful death attorney can help you recover the compensation you need to rebuild your life.
At the Shiner Law Group, David Shiner and his compassionate team of wrongful death attorneys are committed to handling the details of your case every step of the way.
If your loved one has been wrongfully killed, call us or visit us online to explore your legal options in a free consultation.
We understand this tragic event can be emotionally distressing, so we guide you through the civil litigation process, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with the resources to build a compelling claim.
Preparing Your Wrongful Death Case
Wrongful death claimants who pursue legal counsel may obtain a significant advantage over insurance companies that are ultimately compelled to minimize, stall, or deny payments.
Finding the right attorney and asking the right questions can help you boost your financial recovery efforts.
1. What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit that allows estate beneficiaries and surviving family members (i.e. parents, spouses, children, or relatives who relied on the victim for support) to recover a broad range of damages resulting from economic loss.
2. What Constitutes a Wrongful Death?
Wrongful deaths occur when a person or business breached their legal duty of care, which caused the decedent’s death.
3. What Types of Damages are Recoverable?
Claimants can recover pecuniary compensation for economic and non-economic damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Economic damages are awarded for medical expenses, reduced earning capacity, loss benefits, lost inheritance, and funeral costs.
Conversely, non-economic damages can be obtained for mental anguish, lost companionship, lost security, and lost household services.
4. Why Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
Florida’s wrongful death laws are exceedingly complex, and an experienced attorney who understands the underlying causes of personal injury can help you by gathering and preserving critical evidence, consulting a network of expert witnesses, performing legal research, and facilitating insurance negotiations.
5. How Will I Be Involved in My Case?
Understanding your role in a wrongful death lawsuit can help you prepare should your case ever go to trial.
Consult with your attorney to determine the levels of participation and communication that could be expected.
6. How Many Wrongful Death Cases Have You Handled?
Not every law firm has the resources to help wrongful death victims recover financial compensation.
Ask your attorney about the type of assistance you will receive.
7. How Will My Case Be Evaluated?
An experienced wrongful death attorney can help you quantify your damages with proper research; however, identifying how much your case is initially worth cannot always be answered.
A reputable law firm will advise you of your legal rights and responsibilities before determining the value of your claim.
8. Will My Claim Go to Trial?
Deciding if your case will ultimately go to trial is dependent on the several factors, but a good attorney will prepare your claim with the anticipation that it will go to trial.
At the Shiner Law Group, we make every effort to negotiate a fair settlement outside of court to avoid costly litigation fees unless we believe it is in your best interests to do so otherwise.
9. Who Will Handle My Case?
Ask your attorney who will be handling the details of your case and with whom you will be in contact.
The Shiner Law Group has successfully advocated for thousands of wrongful death victims throughout the United States because we are aggressively committed to securing the strongest results.
10. What is Florida’s Wrongful Death Act?
Florida’s Wrongful Death Act allows victims of wrongful death to recover damages caused by another person’s or business’ negligence.
Claimants can pursue legal action against an at-fault party within two years from the incident per the state’s statute of limitations.