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Wrongful Death Lawyer in Tampa, FL
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult struggles anyone can face in life. If your loved one in Tampa has died as a result of another person’s actions or inactions, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
Proving negligence in a Tampa court of law can be tough. It places the burden of proof on surviving family members to show how someone’s death was caused another party. It needs also be shown that the at-fault party had a duty to provide a safe environment to the deceased. Furthermore, damages must be quantified precisely, which involves gathering medical bills, estimated lost income, and ultimately putting a price on a human life.
It’s a stressful, emotional process, and we at Dennis Hernandez & Associates are prepared to help you through it. Members of our Tampa team will work tirelessly to determine the damages your family is owed by the negligent party.
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What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
In the simplest terms, a wrongful death claim is a civil action that states a person died as the result of another person’s negligence.
In Tampa, the spouse, children, parents, or other dependent relatives can file a claim, in accordance with the Florida Wrongful Death Act. The statute of limitations in Tampa is two years from the date of death.
When Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
Corporations and businesses often have expensive lawyers and ample resources available to them. This means they pose a tough opponent in a Tampa court wrongful death lawsuit. That’s why an experienced Tampa attorney well-versed in wrongful death law can help your family handle this difficult process.
Even if you have no desire to pursue action in court, we can help you reach a settlement agreement with the negligent party.
How Much Does It Cost?
Depending on the situation and relationships between the claimant and deceased, both the cost and potential damages vary.
Often a settlement can be reached to avoid bringing a case to a Tampa court. Wrongful death settlements are often paid out by insurance companies on behalf of the defendant.
In Tampa courts, there are an extensive number of wrongful death damages. They vary depending on the specific relationships between the deceased and surviving family, but generally, they include:
- Funeral/burial costs
- Mental pain and suffering
- Loss of the deceased’s income
- Medical costs accrued prior to death
- Value of services provided by the deceased
- Loss of companionship, guidance, love, etc.
Dennis Hernandez & Associates offer free consultations for Tampa families looking to determine if a wrongful death lawsuit is the best option financially.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful deaths are a result of negligence on the part of an individual or corporation who had a duty to protect the safety of the deceased. In Tampa, common situations include loss of life from:
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Car or truck accidents
- Workplace accidents
How Do I Choose a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
When selecting wrongful death lawyers, it’s important to consider legal credentials and past success in handling claims in Tampa. It’s equally important to choose a firm that can handle your case compassionately.
Dennis Hernandez & Associates possess both the legal experience in Tampa and the appropriate respect for you and your family after the loss of a loved one.
Consult an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney
We understand losing a loved one is traumatic. That’s why we are dedicated to supporting you and your family during this difficult time. Everyone on our Tampa team is fully committed to giving your case the time and attention it deserves.
If you’re interested in filing a wrongful death claim, contact us in Tampa at 813-250-0000 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to review your case.
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 Tampa 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.