Wrongful Death Claims: Holding Negligent Parties and Wrongdoers Accountable
The unexpected death of a loved one often triggers heightened emotions and intense grief for families and friends. If another party’s negligent act or wrongdoing caused the death, it is even more tragic. Florida law provides certain protections for families in these situations, known as wrongful death claims. While no monetary compensation can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, pursuing a wrongful death claim can help families obtain justice and financial stability during their recovery.
Mapp & Parker, P.A. Fights for the Survivors
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help a family navigate the legal process and protect their rights. At Mapp & Parker, P.A., we tenaciously prosecute a wrongful death action to the extent of full financial recovery for the survivors. Our attorneys are prepared to build a solid case against negligent or malicious parties by gathering evidence and challenging the opposition. Using statements from family members, friends, and co-workers, we put together a portrait of the decedent’s life, including who they were and what they meant to those we represent. We effectively negotiate until the survivors receive the settlement offer they deserve or present the case at a trial.
Since 1996, the attorneys and staff at Mapp & Parker, P.A, have treated our clients like family. We go above and beyond to secure the compensation you need and help you find closure for your profound loss.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases:
- Vehicular Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Defective Products
- Aviation Accidents
- Dog Attacks
- Construction Accidents
- Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Off-Road Collisions
- Boating Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Alcohol and Drug Poisoning
There are various elements to prove in a successful wrongful death claim. The preponderance of the evidence must show that the decedent’s death occurred due to another party’s negligent or intentional action. In addition, the survivors must demonstrate they suffered losses because of the death.
Survivors may be entitled to medical costs, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of inheritance, loss of future earnings of the decedent, loss of consortium, and mental pain and suffering. In some cases, the court may award punitive damages if there is gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing. Other factors considered are the decedent’s life expectancy and if the decedent’s surviving children are minors.
Timeframe for Filing a Lawsuit
The Statute of Limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in Florida is two years from the date of death, so it is necessary to act quickly. An exception to this timeframe is the Jeffrey Klee Memorial Act, which became law in 2010. When death is declared a homicide, there is no time restriction for filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Let Us Help Your Family during This Difficult Time
At Mapp & Parker, P.A., we understand that these tragedies have real and long-term financial hardships for the families in the weeks, months, and years following the death of their loved one. Regardless of whether there are criminal charges in conjunction with your loved one’s death, we can fight to secure a financial award through an insurance claim or civil action in a court of law.
Contact Mapp & Parker, P.A. at (407) 894-1285 to schedule a Free Consultation at our Orlando, Florida office. As a small law firm, you can expect our undivided attention to your case. Let us explain your legal rights and options after a wrongful death. At Mapp & Parker, P.A., we are dedicated to your redemption and recovery.