Clearwater Wrongful Death Attorneys
The sudden death of a loved one can have a devastating impact on surviving family members. Loved ones often find it incredibly challenging to move forward emotionally and provide financial support, especially when the victim was the family’s main source of income or primary caregiver. In these difficult times, it is critical you hire a law firm with the experience and financial resources necessary to obtain full justice and prosecute all parties at fault.
At the Fernandez Firm, our Clearwater wrongful death attorneys have been helping families of those whose lives have been negligently cut-short for more than two decades. Throughout the years, our firm has represented thousands of persons injured by car accidents, commercial truck crashes, motorcycle collisions, nursing home abuse and neglect and medical malpractice. If you have lost a family member due to the carelessness of another, the negligent mistake of a healthcare provider, truck driver or business owner, our personal injury attorneys are always available to answer your questions. We are here to help.
How Can We Help
For nearly 25 years, our Clearwater wrongful death lawyers have been helping families of those who have lost their lives due to negligence. We have obtained more than $90 million in settlements and trial verdicts for our clients. Our goal is to provide wrongfully injured persons with exceptional legal representation and protect families in any situation where a life was cut short due to another’s negligence.
At the Fernandez Firm, our attorneys represent clients on a contingent-fee basis. That means, we don’t charge hourly fees for our time or for any legal consultations. Instead, our fees are based on a percentage of your ultimate settlement recovery or jury verdict. This way, you get immediate access to our legal services without any strain on your family’s financial resources. Call now or contact our Clearwater attorneys today by completing our free case evaluation form.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Suit?
Florida law strictly defines who may recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, “an action for damages may be filed by the decedent’s personal representative (appointed by the probate court), who may recover for the benefit of the decedent’s survivors and the decedent’s estate.
Depending upon the type of negligence which caused the death, a survivor may be the decedent’s spouse, children, parents and, if dependent on the decedent for support or services, any blood relative and adoptive brothers or sisters. A survivor may also be a child born out of wedlock of a mother, but not a child born out of wedlock of a father, unless the father has legally recognized a responsibility to support the child.
Don’t Negotiate Your Own Case
If you are involved in an auto accident in Clearwater caused by the negligence of the other driver, retaining the Fernandez Firm can help you obtain full value for your injuries. Those trying to negotiate on their own personal injury settlement with a professional insurance adjuster are at a significant disadvantage. Most rarely know the true value of their case or how to determine what their case is worth.
With years of experience handling thousands of automobile accident cases, we know Florida negligence laws and how insurance companies operate. Our Clearwater lawyers also understand the risks associated with settling a case too early and the dangers and possible jury verdict ranges of taking a case trial. Without the guidance of a well-trained auto accident attorney you may ask an insurance company for far less than the true value of your case. If you undervalue your case, insurance companies will be more than happy to agree to your terms.
What Can We Recover?
Under Florida law, potential beneficiaries may recover the following types of money damages:
- Lost past support and services from the date of the fatal injury to the time of death, with interest, and,
- Lost future support and services since the date of death.
Additional recoverable damages, may include:
- Surviving Spouses – Loss of companionship and protection as well as for mental pain and suffering.
- Minor Children – Lost parental companionship, instruction, guidance and mental pain and suffering.
- Parents of a deceased, Minor Child – Mental pain and suffering.
- Parents of a Deceased, Adult Child – Mental pain and suffering, if there are no other survivors.
- Medical and Funeral Expenses – May be recovered by the survivor who paid them.
Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
A Florida wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of death in most cases. If you believe a loved one was killed due to the negligence of another, you should contact our office as soon as possible. Although the deadline to file a lawsuit may seem far in the future, these cases are often complex, requiring a thorough investigation to determine whether a lawsuit may be filed, and if so, against whom. Over time, important physical evidence and critical fact witnesses may quickly disappear, so it is critical you contact us as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
Wrongful Death Questions – Call Today!
With decades of experience, our Clearwater attorneys understand the grief and stress caused by the unexpected wrongful death of a family member. We will not stop until we recover the compensation your family needs and deserves.
To find out if you have a case, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer to your questions about any wrongful death action. The consultation is absolutely FREE.
Please call today 1-800-222-8163