Wesley Chapel Wrongful Death Lawyer
Even though accidents are a common threat in Florida and throughout the U.S., you probably expect that very few of them are serious enough to be fatal. Unfortunately, statistics compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that tragedy strikes far too often. Every year, almost 214,000 people are killed because of unintentional injuries, making accidents the third leading cause of death in the US. The grief of surviving family members is immeasurable, but you might be surprised at how extensive other losses can be in the absence of your loved one.
At The Rinaldo Law Group, we know that taking legal action will not bring the deceased victim back into your life. However, seeking compensation through a wrongful death claim can help financially during these difficult times. Please contact our firm to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Wesley Chapel wrongful death lawyer who can explain how these cases work. Plus, some general information may be useful.
Overview of Florida Wrongful Death Laws
In short, a wrongful death case is a personal injury matter in which the victim dies instead of merely being hurt. As such, it is necessary to prove the elements of a negligence case: You must have evidence that the victim was killed in an accident caused by someone’s failure to exercise reasonable care. Wrongful death cases often arise out of:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle collisions;
- Traffic accidents involving pedestrians, bicycle riders, and scooter operators;
- Dangerous conditions on property, such as slip and falls and incidents caused by negligent security;
- Medical malpractice; and
- Nursing home abuse.
The key with wrongful death cases is that you must have legal standing to bring a claim, which focuses on your relationship with the decedent. Surviving spouses, children, and other relatives may qualify. The personal representative of the deceased person’s estate pursues the case on their behalf.
Steps in the Wrongful Death Legal Process
Many of the above accidents are covered by the at-fault party’s liability insurance, so you will start the process by filing a claim with the insurer. The Rinaldo Law Group will deal with the company on your behalf and support your interests during settlement negotiations. However, insurers are focused on the company bottom line and often deny rightful claims.
If the insurance company refuses to pay fair, reasonable compensation for your losses, our Wesley Chapel wrongful death lawyers will take your case to court. We will aggressively fight to recover such damages as:
- Final medical costs, if any;
- Funeral and burial costs;
- Lost wages and financial contributions; and
- Losses related to love, education, guidance, support, and compassion.
Contact a Wesley Chapel Wrongful Death Attorney to Discuss Your Options
If you lost a loved one in any type of accident, it is wise to retain experienced legal counsel for assistance with your legal remedies. For more information, please contact The Rinaldo Law Group to set up a free case assessment. We serve clients throughout Pasco County in a wide range of personal injury cases, including wrongful death actions.