Beyond the excruciating emotional toll of a wrongful death, Florida families may be faced with significant financial concerns caused by the loss of a loved one; however, while the process of hiring an experienced wrongful death attorney may not be a strong priority, legal representation can afford peace of mind by making pecuniary compensation available to mitigate medical and funeral expenses, as well as replace lost household income.
If your loved one has been wrongfully killed due to the carelessness of another business or individual, contact our compassionate and wrongful death lawyers at the Shiner Law Group to discuss your legal rights and options in a free case review. We understand our clients are undergoing a difficult period, so we customize our legal services on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing unless we get you the recovery you deserve.
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Types of Accidents Associated with Wrongful Death Claims
When a person’s or business’ actions result in the negligible loss of life, surviving family members or estate beneficiaries can pursue legal action against the at-fault party within two years–per Florida’s wrongful death statute of limitations–for a broad range of economic and non-economic losses.
The Shiner Law Group identifies several types of accidents:
Hit & Run
When a driver hits a pedestrian or another vehicle and flees the scene of the accident to avoid liability, the driver may be panicked, uninsured, have outstanding warrants, or has a record of prior arrests. If a driver inflicts personal injury or property damage, that driver must provide their name, contact information (including address), and the vehicle’s registration number.
Negligence can assume many forms and is generally responsible for the victim’s cause of death; however, not all injuries are immediately fatal. Surviving loved ones or estate beneficiaries can also pursue a personal injury claim on behalf of the decedent, or the claim the decedent could have filed had he or she survived the initial incident. This type of legal action must be pursued within four years per Florida’s personal injury statute of limitations.
Additionally, negligible security can result in criminal activity, such as murder. An experienced attorney can help you identify the appropriate defendants, work with a network of seasoned industry professionals, and hold negligible parties accountable.
Motor Vehicle Collisions
Motor vehicle accidents, particularly those involving motorcycles or commercial vehicles, can result in catastrophic personal injury and property damage. All drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner, and ignoring traffic safety devices, state and federal regulations, as well as safe driving practices can result in wrongful death.
Property owners are required to perform necessary to prevent dangerous conditions from existing on the premises. Unsafe hazards, such as poorly lit areas, exposed mechanical and electrical components, as well as missing safety barriers, can cause employees or visitors to sustain serious and life-threatening injuries.