Our attorneys understand that losing a loved is a devastating and tragic experience. Unfortunately, the death of a loved one can be made more difficult when it is the result of another party's negligent and reckless actions. At Moody Law – serving serving Central Florida and Polk County, including Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Haines City– a compassionate and understanding wrongful death attorney can help if you have lost a loved one. We are committed to holding negligent parties liable for their actions. To schedule a free consultation with Moody Law, contact a personal injury attorney from our Lakeland and Bartow offices today.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
We know that the time after a family member's death can be confusing and trying. For that reason, we are committed to handling our clients' legal needs so that they can continue the healing process. Many people don't know what their legal options are in the event of a wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one, you may be eligible for financial compensation. However, certain criteria must be met in order to file a wrongful death lawsuit:
- The individual must be deceased.
- You must be a relative or beneficiary of the victim.
- The individual must have been killed as a result of another party's negligence.
Some causes of wrongful death include auto accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, accidents caused by defective products, and aviation accidents. To learn more about how our attorneys can help you and your family during your time of need, contact our office. Central Florida residents can depend on a wrongful death attorney from Moody Law for informed, caring, and reliable legal counsel.
Recovering Financial Compensation
In the event of a wrongful death, family members – and in some cases, beneficiaries – can file a claim to obtain financial compensation from the liable parties. Which parties are eligible for compensation and the amount of financial compensation that is awarded is dependent on a number of factors. If it is determined that the plaintiffs are eligible to receive compensation, they may be able to receive reimbursement for the following:
- Medical costs, including funerary costs
- Loss of wages, including future wages
- Loss of companionship / family member
- Pain and suffering
It may also be possible to file for punitive damages if it can be shown that the defendant acted with wanton disregard for the safety of your loved one. A wrongful death attorney from Moody Law can review your case and help determine the best way to pursue your claim. Our goal is to see that you obtain the maximum amount of compensation to which you are legally entitled.
Frequently Asked Questions about Wrongful Death
What is wrongful death?
A wrongful death is caused by the negligent, reckless, or malicious actions of another party. Natural deaths, deaths that were unpreventable, and "accidental" deaths are not classified as wrongful deaths. For example, even in instances in which an individual has died while receiving medical care, it is still necessary to prove that the patient died as a result of a doctor's negligent actions. If the doctor abided by the accepted standard of care, and the patient still died, it may not be possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
When can I file a wrongful death lawsuit?
In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is two years.
Do I need a wrongful death attorney?
Proving that a death was caused by another person's negligence can be very difficult. In order to maximize your chances of receiving the compensation that you deserve, it is best to hire a qualified wrongful death attorney. If you are in the Winter Haven or Lakeland area, a diligent and caring wrongful death attorney from Moody Law will help ensure that your legal rights are protected. To schedule a free consultation and case review, contact a personal injury attorney from Moody Law today.