Wrongful Death Attorney in Sarasota, FL
When you’ve experienced the trauma of losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you may also have to cope with financial difficulties as well. As a surviving family member who may have depended upon your lost loved one for financial or emotional support, you may be entitled to seek compensation for those losses. At Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., our expert Sarasota wrongful death attorneys stand ready to fight for your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Wrongful death claims vs. personal injury claims
Many experienced personal injury lawyers also represent clients in wrongful death claims. The two types of cases have a number of similarities, but there are clear differences. In general, those differences lie in the specific losses for which compensation may be recovered and in which individuals have the ability to make a claim.
Both types of claims involve an injured party. In a personal injury case, the party who suffered the injury due to someone else’s negligence files the claim; in a wrongful death case, the survivors of the deceased (who was the “injured party”) file the claim.
In wrongful death cases, the survivors may seek compensation for damages such as:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses
- Financial support
- The loss of future earnings
- Certain non-economic losses, such as the loss of companionship
In personal injury cases, the injured party may seek compensation for damages such as:
- Lost past wages and future wages
- Medical expenses
- Certain non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering
Since every case is unique, you or your family may be entitled to recover some of the above damages or other types of damages. To determine what type and amount of compensation may be available to you, contact our wrongful death attorneys for a free initial consultation and review.
Common types of wrongful death claims
We are experienced in successfully representing clients in a wide range of wrongful death claims that result from these and other events:
- Car accidents: Auto and other vehicular accidents can have many causes, including driving under the influence, reckless driving, speeding, driving while distracted, road defects, and more.
- Workplace accidents: Construction accidents, unfortunately, are common, as are industrial, aviation, and maritime accidents.
- Truck accidents: Accidents involving commercial trucks can be deadlier than accidents involving only cars due to the size and weight of trucks.
- Medical malpractice: When medical malpractice results in a death, you may be entitled to wrongful death damages.
What types of damages can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit?
Those who have lost a loved one and file a wrongful death claim may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. As your wrongful death lawyers, Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., will aggressively seek both types of damages on your behalf.
The effects of a wrongful death on a family’s financial circumstances can be severe. Not only must a family face medical and funeral expenses—they must also cope with the loss of income, the loss of the deceased loved one’s future earnings, and more.
Your losses may not be limited only to mounting bills and a loss of financial support. You may also have intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, the loss of companionship, and other emotional and/or mental effects that the loss of your loved one has had on your and your family’s lives.
Wrongful death FAQ
A: Each wrongful death case is unique, but in general, Florida law specifies which survivors can make a claim and what they can seek in that claim. Surviving children, for example, may be entitled to the loss of services that the deceased parent would have provided if he or she had lived. A surviving parent may have a claim for his or her emotional losses or damages. Consulting a qualified wrongful death lawyer is critical to establishing survivors’ rights and their appropriate claims.
A: At most, survivors have two years from the date of the death in Florida, but there are some conditions under which the timeframe may be even less. Because the circumstances of every wrongful death case are different, it’s very important to consult an attorney as soon as possible.
A: Florida law dictates that specific requirements have to be met before an out-of-state attorney can handle a wrongful death case in Florida. However, working with an attorney who is well-versed in the Florida laws that govern wrongful death is advised. The wrongful death lawyers at Dennis Hernandez & Associates can easily work with clients who are outside of Florida; please contact us in Sarasota at 941-210-0000 for a free consultation.
A: The wrongful death attorneys at our firm work on a contingency fee basis. This means that our work on your behalf does not cost you anything up front, and you do not have to pay any fees unless we obtain a recovery for you.
A: Every claim is as unique as the individuals involved. The circumstances surrounding the wrongful death, the compensation being sought, and many other factors ultimately determine how long any case will take. Rest assured, however, that the wrongful death lawyers at Dennis Hernandez & Associates will work diligently and efficiently to resolve your case.
Wrongful death checklist
If you have lost a loved one due to a fatal accident or other event that you believe was caused by another’s negligence or recklessness, here are some initial steps you can take:
- Speak to a wrongful death lawyer before you complete any forms provided by any insurance companies.
- Consult an attorney before you give any type of statement to any insurance companies, including in person, on the phone, or in writing.
- Obtain a police report if one exists.
- Retain all receipts or records of expenses, such as funeral costs, that were incurred a result of the death.
- Speak to an attorney before you pay any of your loved one’s bills.
- Obtain the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident that caused your loved one’s death.
- Find out if a will exists and obtain a copy of it.
- Gather documents and information to bring to your first consultation with your wrongful death attorney. These include:
- Death certificate
- Accident report
- Names, relationships and ages of all dependents
- List of any medical providers who cared for your loved one as the result of the accident
Contact us for your free initial Sarasota wrongful death consultation.
No amount of money can make up for the loss of your loved one, but recovering the damages to which you may be entitled can help you and your family adjust to your loss. As you cope with your loss, the experienced wrongful death attorneys at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. are here to help guide you through the process of determining the full extent of your losses and filing a claim. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today. Contact us online or call us at 941-210-0000.