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When the negligence or wrongdoing of another causes injuries resulting in a death, the victim’s family has the ability to bring a wrongful death claim. Each state has its own wrongful death statutes that allow for grieving family members to recover financial compensation. Many states, including Florida, provide that the negligent party or insurance company pay monetary damages to the victim’s family
- Wrongful death claims can help surviving family members obtain compensation for:
- The victim's wages
- The victim's medical and hospital bills until death
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of guidance (for example, to the victim's children)
The Pittman Firm, P.A. has seen a tragic upswing in the number of wrongful death cases during the last decade. Many have stemmed from tractor-trailer collisions with cars and pickups while others stem from inattentive or drunk drivers. It is imperative that the victim's family act quickly to retain experienced legal counsel for their wrongful death claim.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, several individuals may be allowed to file a wrongful death claim. Depending on the circumstances, you and your loved ones may be qualified to move forward with a claim against the at-fault party. The Pittman Firm, P.A. can help you determine whether or not you are able to file a claim and how to do so in an appropriate manner.
- For example, the following survivors may be allowed to file:
- Spouses and children
- Siblings / adoptive siblings
- Any other relatives
- Dependents on the deceased
The priority will typically go to spouses and children first, then parents and any other close relatives or dependents. A dependent is an individual who depending on the deceased for emotional and/or financial support.
Time Limits on Filing Wrongful Death Claims
When wrongful death occurs, dependents have the right to file a claim—but only in a certain window of time. That makes it all the more important for you to take legal action as soon as possible. If you don’t file within the statute of limitations for Florida—which is two years—you could miss your opportunity to secure justice for the loss of your loved one.
No Legal Fees Unless Recovery is Secured
Attorney Wes Pittman brings more than three decades of experience to the table. His extensive legal insight could make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.
As a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Florida, he has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. He is not afraid to take a matter to court if he believes it is necessary to pursue justice for his clients.
He handles wrongful death claims on a contingency fee basis. You won’t have to pay legal fees unless recovery is made for your family. The Pittman Firm, P.A. is the kind of law firm you need on your side during this difficult time.
Give the firm a call to discuss your case with a trusted Florida wrongful death lawyer and learn your legal rights and options.