Tampa Wrongful Death Attorneys
When the wrongful death of a person is caused by the act or negligence of another, the emotional loss is often overwhelming; however, the economic impact to a decedent’s family can be far more devastating. Under the Florida wrongful death statute, the deceased person’s Estate may bring a claim for injuries sustained and recover damages from the person or corporation responsible for his or her wrongful death.
Some personal injury lawyers have never handled a fatality claim. Others who advertise aggressively have no experience in the complexity of successfully building these challenging cases for trial, in the event a full-value settlement cannot be reached. Instead, many cases are settled for pennies on the dollar by non-represented family members or lawyers who rarely represent death victims and are unfamiliar with the true value of these significant claims.
Experienced Tampa, Florida Wrongful Death Law Firm
At the Fernandez Firm, our Tampa, Florida personal injury attorneys have decades of trial experience aggressively representing grieving families who have suffered the wrongful death and loss of a loved one all over the State of Florida. Over the years, our knowledge, skill and preparation have achieved excellent Results:
$2.6 Million Verdict won by the Fernandez Firm for the family of a young, single, mother who died wrongfully due to the negligence of a speech therapist in St. Petersburg, Florida
$2.3 Million recovery in shocking nursing home wrongful death case in Jacksonville, Florida
$2 Million for the sons of murder victim killed due to the negligent hiring and retention practices of an apartment complex in Lake County, Florida
$450,000 - 45 times the amount of available auto insurance coverage -- for the family of a pedestrian killed by a negligent car driver in Orlando, Florida
If a fatal car accident, drowning, medical error or defective product has wrongfully resulted in the death of your loved one and jeopardized your family’s future, our knowledgeable Florida wrongful death attorneys are available to provide legal advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
"Florida Wrongful Death Lawyer Named to Florida Trend Magazine, 2012 Legal Elite.
Attorney Frank F. Fernandez, III
The Fernandez Firm | Florida
Who May Bring a Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The Florida Wrongful Death Act specifically sets forth who may bring a claim for wrongful death. Section 768.20, Florida Statutes, provides that an action for wrongful death shall be brought by the decedent's personal representative, who shall recover for the benefit of the decedent's survivors and estate, all damages specified in the Florida Wrongful Death Act.
Under the Florida Wrongful Death Statute “survivors” are limited to a decedent's spouse, his or her children, parents and, when partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services, any blood relatives and adoptive brothers and sisters. Survivors also include children born out of wedlock of a mother, but not the children born out of wedlock of a father, unless the father has recognized a responsibility for the child's support.
The statute specifically prevents parents from recovering for the loss of companionship, instruction, guidance or for mental pain and suffering caused by the wrongful death of an adult child, if the death is due to medical malpractice. This restriction does not apply in non-medical malpractice wrongful death cases.
At the Fernandez Firm, our Tampa, FL wrongful death lawyers specialize in recovering all damages compensable related to these tragic claims. Our skilled team of compassionate trial lawyers is here to answer to all your questions and provide legal advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Recoverable Damages: Under Florida Wrongful Death Act
The Florida Wrongful Death Statute, provides that all potential beneficiaries of a wrongful death recovery, including the decedent's Estate, may be awarded the following damages:
Past lost support and services from the date of injury to death with interest
Future loss of support and services after the date of death
A surviving spouse may also recover for loss of companionship, protection and for mental pain and suffering.
Minor children may also recover for lost parental companionship, instruction, guidance and for mental pain and suffering.
Each parent of a deceased minor child may also recover for mental pain and suffering.
Each parent of an adult child may also recover for mental pain and suffering, if there are no other survivors.
Medical or funeral expenses may be recovered by the survivor who has paid them.
To understand the compensation your family is entitled to under the wrongful death statute in Florida, consult with the experienced attorneys at the Fernandez Firm.
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