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When someone dies before their time, it is an emotional shock to those they leave behind. In many cases, dependents of someone killed in an accident of any kind may be reeling financially in the event of death. Although tort law traditionally did not allow a lawsuit to live if the claimant died, many wrongful death statutes have been enacted to allow families to seek compensation for their losses.
The Florida wrongful death lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter can help you pursue monetary damages for qualified wrongful death claims. For a free evaluation of your case, please call (855) 880-4741 today.
What are the components of a wrongful death case?
Although the loss of a child is a painful and tragic event, unless the child is somehow supporting others financially, the family would not be able to file a claim. There are four components that must be present in a wrongful death claim:
- The death was a result of actions of the defendant
- The defendant was negligent or found to be strictly liable in the victim's death
- There are surviving dependents of the deceased
- Monetary losses are associated
If one of these elements is missing, there may not be a case.
What sort of damages can be collected?
Damages for a wrongful death claim are accounted using actuary tables based on average life expectancy based on the person’s health and other factors at the time of death. Some of the damages that can be collected include:
- Lost future earnings
- Loss of benefits and insurance
- Pain and suffering
- Medical and funeral expenses
- General and punitive damages
Is there a statute of limitations on filing a claim?
There are strict deadlines that must be met when you decide to file a wrongful death claim. In Florida, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years.
How do I initiate a wrongful death claim?
As soon as you feel capable, seek out a qualified wrongful death attorney to help you examine the merits of your case. At Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, we have helped hundreds of grieving families defray some of the costs of their loss.
How do I pay my attorney for his or her assistance?
The wrongful death attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter will evaluate your claim at no charge to you. We will represent your case on a contingency basis, meaning that you do not pay unless we collect damages on your wrongful death claim.
We truly want to help you in any way we can. Although nobody can replace your lost loved one, we will help you get the compensation you deserve. To find out more, please contact us at our Orlando office by calling (855) 880-4741, and ask to speak to an experienced Florida wrongful death lawyer.