Who Can File for A Wrongful Death Claim?
At the Shiner Law Group, we understand the premature loss of a loved one is never easy, and while no amount of financial compensation can wholly remedy the void left by the decedent’s absence, we can help you obtain the relief and peace of mind you need to move beyond this tragic incident.
Our experienced firm of personal injury and wrongful death lawyers have dedicated over 15 years to serving families in disputes arising from motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, product liability, and negligible conduct.
Pursuing a wrongful death claim can be an arduous process; however, we are standing by to guide you through the civil litigation process, advise you of your legal rights and options, and get you the recovery you deserve.
If your loved one has been wrongfully killed due to the reckless behavior of another person or business, contact the Shiner Law Group today for a free consultation. We customize our legal services on a contingency fee basis, so you pay us nothing unless we win your case.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful deaths occur when a legal duty of care is breached, resulting in the victim’s death. As the decedent cannot pursue legal action against the at-fault party, the victim’s family or designated estate beneficiaries can file a wrongful death claim for a broad range of economic and non-economic damages, including, but not limited to, emotional anguish, lost earnings, lost companionship, lost parental guidance, medical expenses, and funeral costs.
If the decedent’s injuries were not immediately fatal, claimants can also pursue a personal injury claim on behalf of the victim within Florida’s two-year wrongful death statute of limitations.
While a plaintiff can be entitled to financial compensation as a surviving family member or estate beneficiary, the type and amount of compensation available to family members are more significant than damages recoverable by the decedent’s estate.
Indeed, the economic consequences of losing a loved one can place a family’s financial stability in jeopardy, particularly with respect to navigating the complexity of debt collectors, insurance companies, and medical administrators. By contacting an experienced wrongful death attorney, you can avoid common traps and pitfalls that ultimately cripple your financial recovery potential.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Claims
Not all law firms are equipped to handle the legal maneuvering required by wrongful death cases; however, claimants can obtain a significant advantage by seeking the legal counsel of an experienced attorney who understands the underlying causes of personal injury.
The Shiner Law Group provides several examples of the wrongful death claims we handle:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycles and commercial vehicles;
- Product liability;
- Nursing home abuse and neglect;
- Alcohol and drug-related accidents;
- Premises liability cases caused by hazardous conditions or negligent security;
- Workplace injuries;
- Firearm injuries;