The right to live one’s life until its natural end is a basic human right. Each of us, barring an illness, accident, or natural disaster, expects to live well into out 70s, 80s, or beyond.
The death of a loved one is devastating in any circumstances; but knowing that the death was entirely unnecessary and occurred through no fault of the victim often leaves a family with an overwhelming feeling of injustice. A precious, irreplaceable human life has been stolen by someone else’s wrongful action or omission, leaving survivors to wonder if there is any justice in the world.
Of course no amount of money can provide adequate compensation for the loss of a human life, the law does its best to provide at least a semblance of justice by providing a means for survivors and the estate of the deceased to claim monetary compensation for their damages.
While “wrongful death” to the layman may mean any premature death that falls short of the natural life expectancy, the term has a specific meaning in Florida law. When a person’s life is cut short by a preventable accident, medical error, act of violence, or any other event that was caused by the negligence or deliberate act of someone other than the victim, the victim’s estate and surviving family members have a legal cause of action for to recover damages for the death in a Florida wrongful death legal action. Wrongful death cases are governed by Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute, and due to their legal complexity should be pursued only with the assistance of a personal injury attorney with a thorough and nuanced understanding of the law.
In order to make legally valid wrongful death claim in your behalf, your attorney will need to prove several distinct elements:
If your family is suffering because of the loss of a loved one ̶ whether because of traffic accident, premises accident, workplace accident, medical malpractice, a defective product, a dangerous drug or medical device, neglect or abuse of a child or elder, animal attack, or a deliberate violent act ̶ you should consult a personal injury and wrongful death attorney who will explain your legal options and the process of filing a claim.
There are two general categories of potential claimants in a Florida wrongful death action:
Determining who is an eligible survivor can often be extremely complicated, due to the complex nature of families in today’s society and the nuances of the Florida Wrongful Death Statute. Your lawyer will examine the circumstances and relationships of your specific family and will look for ways to fairly compensate any members affected by the loss.
You may be so overwhelmed with grief that you can’t imagine summoning the effort to file a legal claim, especially considering the intricacies of the law. You may even feel that it is wrong to use the death as a means to receive money. But there are many good reasons to get started immediately and hire an attorney as soon after the death as you can.
Here are just a few:
Pursuing a wrongful death action can be a stressful and emotionally demanding process, so it is extremely important that you hire a lawyer who not only Florida’s often confusing wrongful death law, but also one whom you can trust and feel comfortable with. Tampa Bay attorney Stephen Maltezos is an unusually compassionate person who understands how difficult a sudden, premature, and unnecessary death can be for those who are left behind. He is committed to obtaining justice to the full extent allowed by Florida law, while relieving you and your family of the responsibility for handling the complex and time-consuming legal tasks that are required to succeed in winning your claim. He knows that the grieving process takes time, and he is willing to put in the effort on your behalf so that you and your family can focus on the important adjustments that you need to make.
Steve is a master negotiator who can settle most cases out of court; and he is also a skilled trial lawyer, who has a history of favorable jury verdicts for clients, which is important when a trial is necessary to achieve a fair resolution for your case.
You owe it to yourself and your family to learn about your legal rights following the tragedy of a wrongful death. Steve Maltezos offers a free consultation, without obligation, in which he will review your legal options and answer all of your questions. And you’ll never—ever—pay any legal fees until the day your recovery check arrives at the Maltezos Law Offices. If you don’t receive money, you pay absolutely nothing.
Maltezos Law has offices both Tampa and St. Petersburg for the convenience of clients in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties and the surrounding Tampa Bay area. Florida law places strict limitations on the time you have to file a wrongful death claim, so it is important that you act now. Call Steve Maltezos, a lawyer who understands and can help.