Deerfield Beach Wrongful Death Lawyers
When a Deerfield family loses a loved one prematurely, the emotional and financial turmoil can be devastating. Surviving family members may find it difficult to handle insurance negotiations and comply with legal procedures while replacing the tangible loss of assets needed to maintain a reasonable standard of living. At the Shiner Law Group, we navigate wrongful death victim’s families through the personal injury claims process while providing them with the resources to secure the financial compensation they deserve.
If your loved one has been wrongfully killed due to the negligence of a person, company, or entity, contact an experienced Deerfield wrongful death attorney to discuss your legal rights and options.
Understanding Florida’s Wrongful Death Claims Process
Wrongful death, as interpreted by Florida courts, occurs when someone dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another, after which surviving loved ones can bring a legal cause of action against the responsible party for damages resulting from financial injury, including, but not limited to, mental pain and suffering, lost income, lost companionship, and funeral costs.
Claimants can file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the incident as both a beneficiary of the estate and as a surviving family member; however, the types and amount of financial compensation available to survivors are more significant than damages recoverable by the estate.
If your loved one’s injuries were not immediately fatal, you might have grounds to pursue a separate survivorship action on his or her behalf. A survivorship action allows a claimant to file a personal injury claim your loved one could have brought against a negligible party had he or she survived.
Much of the legal proceedings involved in a wrongful death lawsuit occur outside of the courtroom, where extensive documentation is meticulously researched and crafted to include the critical elements that determine whether a lawsuit is dismissed or significantly weakened.
Understanding the pre-trial process in a wrongful death lawsuit can ultimately benefit the claimant as most cases are resolved through negotiated settlements before trial.
There are several stages to the claims process:
- Pre-trial investigation and research
- Conducting legal research
- Pre-lawsuit insurance negotiations
- Commencement of wrongful death lawsuit
- Discovery process
- Handling motions for summary judgment
- Trial preparation
How A Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help
When Deerfield families are grieving for their loss, insurance companies pursue defensive measures to reduce their financial liability. At the Shiner Law Group, our award-winning attorneys understand these innovative litigation techniques and aggressively push your case forward to maximize your financial recovery potential. While we make every effort to negotiate a fair settlement outside of court, we are equally prepared to take your case to trial to hold negligible parties accountable.
For over 15 years, our wrongful death attorneys have balanced the scale of justice for surviving family members by investigating wrongful death claims, facilitating insurance negotiations, consulting a network of seasoned industry professionals, engaging in effective client communication, estimating the value of wrongful death claims, and identifying the appropriate defendants. With a Shiner Law Group attorney by your side, your legal and financial interests will be safeguarded and fought for.
Speak with a Deerfield Wrongful Death Attorney
If someone you love has been wrongfully killed due to the reckless, negligent, or intentional conduct of another, we welcome you call us at (954) 999-9900 or contact us online for a free case review to discuss your legal options.