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If you have lost a loved one in an accident that could have arguably been prevented, then you know a frustration and grief that is nearly indescribable. It isn’t fair that you and your family have to suffer through losing someone you love in such a terrible way. When you can pinpoint the person who is directly responsible for causing the incident that left you with this grief, then you are likely eligible for a wrongful death claim. The damages and injuries that you, your family and your loved one who has passed have had to suffer through can be quite substantial. Our Orlando wrongful death lawyers hope to hear from you right away about setting up your free, first consultation to get to know how you can get justice. Call today.
What is Wrongful Death?
The term ‘wrongful death’ refers to the legal area of personal injury cases in which people can file a civil lawsuit as the surviving family members of someone who died in a way that was directly related to another person’s actions. These accidents come from carelessness and negligence and ultimately are completely avoidable. You and your family can receive wrongful death damages if this is how you lost your loved one. Essentially, if you are grieving a loss of someone who died because of another person’s carelessness or negligence, then our Orlando wrongful death lawyers want to hear from you right away during a free consultation to let you know what your avenues to justice are.
Do You Need Legal Help?
Usually, the family of the deceased is going to be the one to file this case. Every family is different, however, so every case for wrongful death is going to look different. Essentially speaking, the end results should be the same. Justice through financial compensation is what we will be fighting for if you have a loved one who was a victim of a wrongful death. The suffering that you and your family went through is also considered in your end result.
We hope that you reach out right away. We understand that grief is all consuming but setting aside a time to call our Orlando wrongful death lawyers can help you get the justice you desire.
Who Can File a Claim?
A common question that we get from most clients who come to us to meet with us for a free consultation is who is going to be the one that files the lawsuit. Of course, if there is a considerable number of family members that the deceased left behind, it’s going to become confusing as to who will be the one who files the case on behalf of the family. Generally speaking, there is a list of people who would be eligible to file a case. The following is the ordered list of who would likely be the one to file the case:
- The spouse of the deceased if they were married
- If they were unmarried, the children of the deceased if they are legal adults
- If they were unmarried but the children were minors, the legal guardian of the deceased’s children can file the case
- If they did not have a spouse or children then a parent can file the case
Of course, just like everyone’s life is different, every one’s family is going to be different, too. Our Orlando wrongful death lawyers will work with you to determine who is going to be the one that filed the claim on behalf of the rest of the family to get the justice that everyone is entitled to. You just need to reach out to us right away and set up a free consultation to learn who is going to be the first person in line to file this case.
How to Get Justice
You might be wondering, if someone is responsible for my loved one’s death then why is this a civil case and not a criminal case? Yes, it is true that wrongful death cases pursue financial compensation and not criminal punishment against the liable party. That is typically because this was an accident, not a homicide.
Sometimes, wrongful death cases can be pursued if the criminal who intended to kill a loved one did not successfully get convicted of murder and you still want to pursue some sort of justice. A famous example of this was when the Goldman family filed a civil lawsuit against O.J. Simpson. In most cases, however, wrongful death is going to be simply because a liable party acted in a way that directly caused your loved ones death but did not involve intent.
We seek money damages in place of criminal penalties for these types of cases because there was no intent to kill or harm necessarily. It is a way to give the family justice for something that was oftentimes a complete accident. Just because your loved one wasn’t supposed to die because of someone else’s actions and mistakes, doesn’t mean you should be robbed from some sort of justice.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
When you receive compensation for wrongful death cases, it is mainly going to be because of two types of damages. We first look at your financial losses that you and your family have had to suffer because of the death of your loved one. Here are the particulars of these money damages:
- Cost of the funeral and burial or cremation
- Any medical bills that were incurred if there was an attempt to perform lifesaving medical care
- The wages and benefits that the your loved one would have been able to provide for your family had you not lost them in this accident
- Property damage, such as a totaled vehicle if you lost someone in an auto accident
The other types of damages that we look to receive for you and your family are meant to help you going forward and it’s designed to cover the damages that are considered non-economic, such as pain and suffering. They are harder to calculate and put a number on but they are nonetheless important. Here are some examples:
- Pain and suffering related to having to grieve the untimely death of your companion and family member
- Losing someone who played an important role in your household and family
- Any and all mental anguish you may be experiencing after this tragic loss
Because everybody’s life is completely unique and different, everyone’s wrongful death case is going to be unique and different. Comparing your potential results to results that have happened in the past isn’t necessarily an accurate way to figure out what your end results are going to be because these cases are incredibly fact-based. Our Orlando wrongful death lawyers are going to be able to tell you what your case is worth after we’ve done certain amounts of research and investigation into what happened and how much it has impacted everyone’s life.
We are very passionate about providing you and your family with justice. We also want your case to be as stress-free as possible for you. We want to make this easier for you, not harder, because losing a loved one in an untimely manner is already too hard to handle. We make this a stress-free legal process and handle everything for you so you never have to worry about it and can spend your time focusing on yourself and your family.
Do Not Delay Reaching Out
When you are filing for a case, it’s very important to note that you will be held to the Florida state statute of limitations. This term statute of limitations refers to the amount of time from the accident that led to your loved one’s death to the cutoff of eligibility to file a civil claim for justice. Florida allows four years of statute of limitations. We understand that four years can sound like a long time but at the end of the day when you don’t have something on your radar and on your to-do list, then it’s easy for you to forget. We want you to reach out to us before you forget because losing out on justice because you didn’t make a phone call soon enough would be terrible. Don’t miss out on your one opportunity to get the justice you and your family deserve. Call us right away.
Call Our Orlando Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you are grieving someone’s death that happened in an accident directly caused by someone else’s carelessness, we hope that you call our Orlando wrongful death lawyers as soon as you’re able to and set up your free, first consultation. We will always treat you like family and fight for you like it’s our own justice. We want to meet with you right away to get to know your case details and the suffering you and your family have gone through. When you are looking for fierce and dependable representation, we hope you call us to provide that for you. Get your free consultation today.
“In October 2015, My husband was a passenger in a horrible car accident and was hospitalized for two months. After being in ICU for a little over a month , I reached out to Mr. Corzo and He met me in the hospital a day after. Since my husband was still unconscious and in ICU I decided to hire Mr.Corzo for Davids personal injury and workers compensation case. From the moment I met Mr.Corzo he was very emphatic and attentive to all my questions and concerns. Anytime I would email him with a question he would get back to me right away. I would even email/text his paralegal Denise after hours if I had any questions and she would get back to me within a hour. Mr. Corzo made sure he fully explained and went over everything with us before we made any decisions. Mr. Corzo went out of his way to make sure David was taken care of. After my husband was released from the hospital, Mr. Corzo called and checked up on David and made sure he was getting the care he needed. I truly believe Mr. Corzo went above and beyond for my husband in winning both cases. We are extremely blessed with the outcome and would highly recommend him to anyone that may need a lawyer. Due to my husbands injuries we will need to apply for disability, Mr.Corzo offered to help us fill out the paper work and make sure everything is done correctly. We can’t THANK him enough for all that he has done for our family. #Thankful”– David and Jennifer Alvarez