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Lakewood Ranch Wrongful Death Attorney

Unintentional deaths are a tragedy, and are made even more difficult to bear when another party’s negligence caused your loved one to die. Certain family members of those who lose their lives to another party’s negligence have the ability to file wrongful death claims. A wrongful death claim can be used to cover certain damages, including medical bills and loss of consortium, and helps provide the victim’s loved ones with some small sense of justice. Our Lakewood Ranch wrongful death attorneys at Hale Law are here to help those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death

Traffic collisions are the leading cause of wrongful death. Here in Florida, thousands of people are killed every year as pedestrians, vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. Our attorneys have helped clients win wrongful death lawsuits in all of the following types of cases, and more:

  • Car collisions;
  • Motorcycle collisions;
  • Pedestrian collisions;
  • Bicycle collisions;
  • Truck collisions;
  • Boating accidents;
  • Medical malpractice;
  • Nursing home neglect;
  • Defective products;
  • Defective drugs and defective medical devices;
  • Premises liability, including:
    • Drowning;
    • Electrocution;
    • Dog bites and exotic animal attacks;
    • Trampoline accidents;
    • Slip and Fall; and
    • More.

Damages You Can Pursue in a Wrongful Death Claim

The surviving family members can bring the following damages depending on the circumstances of the wrongful death case:

  • Medical costs;
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased;
  • Lost lifetime earnings of the deceased;
  • Loss of earnings from the date of injury to the date of death
  • Loss of consortium (companionship and protection of a spouse, and/or loss of companionship, guidance, and instruction of a parent);
  • Loss of support;
  • Loss of services;
  • Mental pain and suffering of the plaintiff caused by the death of their loved one; and
  • Funeral and burial expenses;

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim

Various parties may file a wrongful death claim. In fact, more than one party can recover damages, though only certain parties are eligible for particular damages. Under Florida statute 768.21, the following parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit if they are related to the decedent in the following ways:

  • Spouse;
  • Child;
  • Parent; or
  • Dependent blood relative.

Our Lakewood Ranch Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help

While we like to think that we live in a safe world, the truth is that tens of thousands of Americans succumb to preventable deaths every year, often caused by another party’s careless or reckless behavior, such as texting while driving or cutting corners to create a cheaper, yet more dangerous, product. Sadly, the unintentional injury death rate rose by 35.5 percent in the last two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If your loved one passed away due to another person or party’s negligence, breach of contract, or wrongful act, you have the ability to file a wrongful death claim to seek damages. The Lakewood Ranch wrongful death attorneys at Hale Law are here to help. Contact us today at 941-735-4529 to schedule a free consultation.

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