What You Need to Know About Wrongful Death Claims in Florida
Sessums Law Group is trusted for a variety of cases throughout Central Florida and The Tampa Bay area. One of our focus areas is wrongful death lawsuits being pursued by the loved ones left behind after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence and/or wrongdoing. Wrongful death cases are difficult, as they not only have the typical legal components, but the emotions of the family members as well. These cases must be handled with sensitivity, and we are prepared to do just that by maintaining the dignity of not only the loved ones and friends of the victim, but of the victim themselves since they can’t be in the courtroom to speak on their own behalf. We believe it’s important to begin a wrongful death case by having the family briefed on what to expect, and how a wrongful death claim is handled in Florida. If you are facing this type of case, here is some information that might be helpful to you.
There is a time limit.
In Florida, there is a two-year time frame during which you can file a wrongful death. Keep in mind, that is two years from the date of death, not necessarily from the date of the accident that caused the death of your friend or loved one. In other words, if your family member was in an auto accident and seriously injured, but passed away due to those injuries several months later, the two year limit would expire on the actual day of his or her death, not the day of the collision.
What Benefits Does a Wrongful Death case offer?
A wrongful death lawsuit offers no benefits for the actual deceased, but it does offer two types of potential benefits for their relatives. Survivors may be able to recover…
- Lost support and services from the date of the decedent’s injury to his or her death, with interest
- Future loss of support and services from the date of death, reduced to present value
Details will vary from case to case, and your legal team will walk through each point with you step by step so you are prepared for all potential outcomes. Our goal is to make sure YOU are left in the best shape possible.
Proof of Liability Is Necessary for A Strong Case
Proof of liability in a wrongful death case is necessary for the best possible outcomes for the family of the victim(s). In Florida for example, fatalities due to commercial vehicle accidents and/or motorcycle collisions has been on the rise in recent years, and that has led to questions about why these deaths are happening more frequently. Increased population (read: more vehicles on the road) and technology use behind the wheel are two of the culprits in question, but these can be complex and difficult to prove. Sessums Law Group has the skill, experience, and professionalism to get the results you deserve on behalf of your loved one, and we have a high success rate in proving liability in various wrongful death cases in the Tampa and Sarasota areas.
If you or someone you love has been affected by the loss of someone close due to someone else’s lack of judgment or poor choices, we are here and ready to help. Accidental fatalities are unexpected and hard to process, but when they happen, WE STAND FOR YOU and for your lost loved one. Give us a call and see how we can help with your case.