Tampa Wrongful Death Attorney
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After the loss of a loved one, you may not know where to turn for help. Our team at Michles & Booth is here to help you through this difficult time. We can represent you in a wrongful death claim, seeking just compensation for your loss.
Our wrongful death attorneys in Tampa, FL, can help you explore your legal options and build a strong case. In our practice, we help families seek compensation for all of these losses. We understand the pain and suffering you are going through and can help you seek justice for the loss of your loved one.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe a situation in which a person's death is caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions of another individual, company, or entity. When someone dies due to the wrongful act or negligence of another party, the surviving family members or beneficiaries may be entitled to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim.
There is no limit to the amount of compensation that a family can seek in a wrongful death claim. However, the goal is to obtain fair compensation to cover the family's losses, including:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses prior to the death
- Lost wages and benefits
- Loss of companionship and support
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of future earnings
The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in Florida is typically two years from the date of the person's death. Failing to file within this timeframe can result in losing the right to seek compensation.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Florida, a wrongful death claim is governed by the Florida Wrongful Death Act (Florida Statutes Sections 768.16-768.26). According to this law, the following parties are eligible to file a wrongful death claim in the state:
- Surviving spouse: The spouse of the deceased person has the primary right to file a wrongful death claim.
- Children: If the deceased person had no surviving spouse, their children may file the claim.
- Parents: If the deceased person had no surviving spouse or children, their parents may file the claim.
- Blood relatives and adoptive siblings: If the deceased person had no surviving spouse, children, or parents, then blood relatives and adoptive siblings who were dependent on the deceased person for support or services may file the claim.
The personal representative or executor of the decedent's estate can bring a case against the at-fault party and recover damages on behalf of the estate's beneficiaries.
How a Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help
Although no amount of money is worth a life, you must hold the negligent party responsible for their actions and help you and your family pay for any losses associated with the tragedy. Whether your loved one was killed in a car accident or as a result of medical negligence, our legal team is ready to protect your loved one's rights and best interests from start to finish.
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