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Wrongful Death Lawyer in Sarasota, FL
Losing someone you love is one of the hardest events you’ll ever face. It’s even harder when that death is the result of someone else’s actions. If your loved one in Sarasota died as a result of an at-fault driver, you may have a wrongful death case.
Proving negligence for this kind of case can be tough. However, at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, we are here to help.
Our team of attorneys have fought many wrongful death cases in Sarasota. We will fight for you in and outside the courtroom. We will help prove negligence in a Sarasota court of law to secure justice for your loved one.
These types of cases are stressful and emotional. At Dennis Hernandez & Associates, we are prepared to help you through it.
GET A FREE, NO-OBLIGATION EVALUATION
There are no costs for an initial consultation and no hidden fees. If you’ve suffered a personal injury, don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 to schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced Sarasota accident attorney. Please contact us at (941) 210 0000.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Simply put, a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action. It states that an individual passed away due to the negligence of another person. In Sarasota, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of death. This limitation is set by the wrongful death law. A spouse, child or dependent relative can file a claim and present solid evidence at a Sarasota court.
When Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
If you’re planning on filing a claim in Sarasota, 9 times out of 10 you will want a wrongful death attorney. When Sarasota corporations and businesses are responsible, they will have expensive lawyers to back them up in court. This can put the victim’s family in a difficult situation.
Wrongful death settlements are difficult to procure in Sarasota. The burden of proof is on the family. They must prove that the accused individual or entity is guilty.
A Sarasota attorney increases your chances of proving guilt. If you have no desire to pursue action in Sarasota court, give us a call. We can discuss your options. No matter what, we will ensure you receive compensation for the wrongful death damages.
How Much Does It Cost?
In Sarasota, insurance companies usually pay out settlements on behalf of the dependent. The cost depends on the situation. In Sarasota courts, there are several damages that the responsible party may be liable to pay. These vary depending on the relationship between the deceased and living family. These generally include:
- Mental suffering
- Funeral costs
- Loss of deceased’s income
- Medical bills prior to death
Dennis Hernandez & Associates offers free consultations for Sarasota families. We will help you to identify if a lawsuit is the best option financially.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases
A wrongful death is the result of an individual or corporation being negligent. In Sarasota, common events that result in loss of life include:
- Medical malpractice
- Car accidents
- Defective products
- Workplace accidents
If you believe your loved one was a victim of one of these incidents, get in touch with us today. Our Sarasota legal team are ready to fight for justice for your loved one.
How Do I Choose a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
The best wrongful death lawyers in Sarasota will possess:
- Legal credentials
- Past history/success record
- Professional attitude and compassion
Our team of Sarasota attorneys give the utmost respect and compassion for your family. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.
Consult an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney
Our Sarasota lawyers are qualified, experienced, and above all, compassionate. At Dennis Hernandez & Associates, we do everything in our power to bring you the best possible outcome. We will prove your loved one’s death was a result of negligence. In doing so, we work to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.
Give us a call today for a free consultation. Our Sarasota team is ready to help.
Checklist after a Personal Injury accrued
After calling law enforcement and ensuring that all parties involved in an accident are medically attended to, the next steps are critical to a successful personal injury case. For vehicular accidents, we recommend following these steps:
Document the scene:
- Take as many photos as possible as soon as possible. If you don’t have a camera or smartphone handy, ask someone on the scene if you can use theirs.
- Take photos of all of the vehicles involved from several angles.
- Take photos of the area surrounding the accident, including the roadway, street signs and traffic signals, if applicable.
- Take photos of any visible injuries you or any of your passengers may have sustained.
- In addition to damage to vehicles, take photos of any property that was damaged in the accident.
- Write down the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident.
- Ask the other driver if he or she owns the car or if it is owned by someone who is not at the scene.
- Ask for the name of the insurance company that covers the other driver’s vehicle.
- Ask the responding law enforcement officer how soon the accident report will be available to you and where you must go to get it.
- Should the officer indicate that a report will not be written, ask for his or her name and badge number to be used as contact information.
Get contact details from witnesses:
- Try to get contact information from all witnesses before they leave the scene. Do not ask witnesses for statements—your personal injury attorney will contact them if needed.
- If there were no witnesses in close proximity to the accident, make note of any nearby businesses or homes and provide this information to your attorney.
After the accident:
- If you received any medical treatment, gather contact information for the hospital or emergency room where you were immediately treated, as well as from physicians and/or therapists who may have treated you in the days following the accident.
- Retain all documents in a safe place. These may include:
- The police accident report
- Insurance policies and any communications from insurance companies
- Medical bills from hospitals, doctors, pharmacies, testing facilities, etc.
- Correspondence from the other driver or any witnesses
- Receipt for repairs to property that was damaged as a result of the accident
- Pay stubs or other proof of wages that were lost as a result of the accident
Each case is as unique as the individual who has been injured in an accident, but there are some steps that are typically taken. Your accident injury case may include these and other events:
Your recovery period: This initial stage starts at the moment you are injured and lasts until your doctor states that your condition cannot be further improved in a medical setting with care provided by medical professionals. This point is referred to as maximum medical improvement (MMI). When you are at this point, any health issues you have going forward are considered to be permanent.
Submission of documents: This is when information is submitted to your insurance company, including but not limited to your medical bills and proof of lost wages.
The negotiation period: An insurance adjuster reviews all of the submitted information, then makes a settlement offer. If your Sarasota personal injury lawyer determines that this offer is insufficient, a counter offer will be made.
Litigation: When an agreement cannot be reached, the case may go to trial. Keep in mind that the majority of personal injury cases are settled outside of court.
VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS
Even though each case is unique, Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA strives to fully compensate every client for his or her injuries, lost wages and property damage.