If your loved one died because of someone else’s negligence, a compassionate injury attorney in Largo, Florida from Distasio Law Firm may be able to help you secure compensation for your family. Florida’s wrongful death act allows surviving family members to hold the at-fault party responsible for their loved one’s unexpected passing.
To learn about your rights and options for pursuing damages, let a Largo wrongful death lawyer evaluate your case today.
Recovering Damages in a Largo Wrongful Death Case
There is no way to put a price on how much your loved one meant to you. However, an experienced untimely death lawyer from our firm in Largo can help you understand how much your damages may be worth to address the hardships you are now facing.
Only certain family members can collect damages following the wrongful death of a loved one in Largo. In general, those who may qualify include:
- A surviving spouse
- Any surviving children, regardless of age
- Their parents who survive them
Economic and Non-Economic Wrongful Death Damages
The types of damages each family member can recover depends on their relationship with the deceased, as outlined in Florida Statutes §768.21. We can go over the specifics of this statute with you and explain how it could affect each family member’s financial recovery. In short, the non-financial losses of a surviving spouse will likely be very different from those of a child or parent.
The estate or close surviving family members may also recover economic expenses and losses, depending on who suffered them. This includes:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Final expenses to handle the decedent’s affairs
- Loss of future income
- Loss of services usually take care of by the decedent
Our Team Represents Families in Their Time of Need
We seek to provide compassionate and empathetic support to every client. Our goal is to cause you as little additional stress as possible as we investigate what happened to your family member and who is responsible.
Distasio Law Firm has been in practice for more than 30 years, helping victims and their families fight for damages. By holding the liable party accountable for your loved one’s death, you can recover the compensation you need, so you are not left in financial trouble. Here are some of our team’s recent results in wrongful death cases:
- $12,000,000 in a Tampa negligent security case
- $3,000,000 settlement in a Clearwater workplace injury case
- $1,700,000 settlement in a Bradenton nursing home death caused by neglect
If we choose to work together, one of our dedicated Largo wrongful death attorneys will fight to protect your family’s rights and seek financial recovery for you based on the evidence. We may be able to help you file an insurance claim or seek a verdict on your behalf at trial.
Evidence of Negligence Can Support a Wrongful Death Action
To prove wrongful death, you must present evidence of negligence. If you can show that another party acted carelessly or recklessly, which led to your loved one’s injuries and subsequent death, you may have a valid case. There are four factors required to prove negligence:
- The other party owed your loved one a duty of care.
- The other party did not uphold this standard.
- As a result, your loved one passed away in avoidable circumstances.
- You suffered financial losses as a result of your loved one’s passing.
Wrongful Death Can Apply to Many Different Cases
If the factors of negligence are present in your wrongful death case, you may be able to hold the person accountable and recover compensation. This applies in many types of accident cases, including:
- Traffic accidents
- Boating accidents
- Drownings and pool accidents
- Slip and falls
- Defective drug and other product liability cases
- Medical malpractice cases
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
Discuss the circumstances of your loved one’s passing with Distasio Law Firm today. Our knowledgeable legal professionals can determine if it may support a Largo wrongful death action.
Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death
While Florida law usually gives up to four years from the date of an accident to sue the liable party, the deadline differs for wrongful death cases. Instead, we generally only have up to two years to begin the legal process, per Florida Statutes §95.11(4)(d). This timeline begins from the date of your loved one’s passing.
We encourage you to reach out to our skilled team for information, support, and legal advice as soon as possible. Getting started on your case quickly maximizes the time we have to look for evidence and build a strong case.
Talk to a Largo Wrongful Death Attorney About Your Legal Options
A Largo wrongful death lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to go to work on your case today. If you decide to hire us after our team reviews your case, we can get started with our investigation right away and take steps to protect your rights.
Let our committed team learn more about your loved one’s passing and what caused it so we can help you understand your legal options. We can discuss it with you today. Call now for your free consultation.