Orlando Wrongful Death Lawyers Fight For Families’ Rights
If you lose a loved one suddenly and accidentally, an experienced Orlando wrongful death attorney with Page & Eichenblatt can provide candid legal advice and comprehensive representation for your family. Page & Eichenblatt has more than twenty-five years of experience fighting for surviving family members and protecting their rights in wrongful death cases. The survivors of wrongful death victims are entitled by law to compensation. Page & Eichenblatt will fight hard for the compensation that can help your family move positively and constructively into the future.
Your first consultation with the legal team at Page & Eichenblatt is free with no obligation. If we handle your wrongful death claim, you pay no attorney’s fee until you are compensated. Call Page & Eichenblatt at 407-386-1900 to learn more.
Precisely What is a “wrongful” Death?
Nothing is more shattering than unexpectedly and abruptly losing someone you love because someone else was negligent. In Florida, if one person’s negligence is a direct cause of another person’s death, the negligent party may be held accountable with a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death can occur almost anywhere – in a traffic collision, in an incident of medical malpractice, at a construction site or in some other job-related accident, in a swimming pool accident, or even because a landlord neglected to maintain a residential property safely.
In the greater Orlando area and throughout central Florida, if you lose a loved one because another person was careless, you should discuss your family’s rights – as quickly as possible – with an experienced Orlando wrongful death attorney at Page & Eichenblatt.
What Are the Rights of Surviving Family Members?
No amount of money can assuage the grief of losing someone you love in an accident that didn’t have to happen. However, you should consider that an experienced wrongful death lawyer will fight for the resources that your family may need in the future.
In Florida, surviving family members may be compensated for a loved one’s medical debts, for the loss of consortium, and for the loss of the deceased family member’s income and earning capacity. More specifically, the damages that survivors may receive in these cases include:
- the value of the support and services the decedent provided to family members
- loss of the guidance, companionship, and security provided by the decedent
- the funeral or medical costs that a surviving family member has already paid
- in some cases, emotional and mental suffering and pain due to the loss of a child
It May Be Difficult, but You Will Need to Act Quickly
The legal team at Page & Eichenblatt is always ready to fight for surviving family members with a wrongful death claim. There is no question that this is a tough topic for any family at a time of grieving, but you also must think about your family’s welfare and future.
As tough as it might be in a time of sorrow, if you lose a beloved family member because of another person’s negligence in the Orlando area, you should contact Page & Eichenblatt promptly to schedule a consultation with an experienced Orlando wrongful death lawyer.
Who Qualifies to Initiate a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?
Under Florida law, if a death is caused by the “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract” of another person or party, the deceased person’s estate may file a wrongful death claim in Florida’s civil courts to seek a legal remedy for the death and the associated damages.
This is important: The state of Florida allows only the personal representative of the decedent’s estate to bring a wrongful death action. The personal representative may be named in the decedent’s estate plan or will. Otherwise, the personal representative is named by the court.
Florida wrongful death claims must be filed on behalf of the decedent’s estate and the surviving family members. The personal representative must identify every surviving family member who has an interest in the claim. The family members who may receive compensation include:
- the decedent’s parents, spouse, and children
- a relative or adopted sibling who has been “partly or wholly dependent on the decedent”
When Should You Speak to a Wrongful Death Attorney?
In most cases, a wrongful death lawsuit in the state of Florida must be filed within two years of the date of the death. The two-year statute of limitations deadline may be “tolled” or paused only under the narrowest of circumstances.
But you cannot wait two years – and you shouldn’t even wait two weeks – to speak with an attorney about your family’s rights after a wrongful death. Witnesses can forget the details and evidence can deteriorate or even disappear if you fail to act swiftly and decisively.
A wrongful death attorney at Page & Eichenblatt will investigate the details of your loved one’s wrongful death, determine who should be held accountable, and attempt to negotiate a private, out-of-court settlement. That’s how most wrongful death claims are resolved in this state.
What if Your Wrongful Death Case Goes to Trial?
If an acceptable settlement is not forthcoming in out-of-court negotiations – and that is rare in this state – your Page & Eichenblatt attorney may recommend taking the case to court and asking a jury to award the compensation that your family is entitled to and deserves.
It is important to know that in some wrongful death trials, the Florida courts may also award survivors with punitive damages aimed at penalizing the party who caused the wrongful death and deterring similar negligent behavior in the future.
Page & Eichenblatt represents families who seek justice with wrongful death claims in the Orlando area and throughout central Florida. Every client is treated with complete respect and dignity. If you file a claim, you will work directly with an experienced wrongful death attorney.
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We work on a contingent fee basis. This allows every family to have a day in court. Surviving family members pay no attorney’s fee until Page & Eichenblatt obtains the compensation that you are entitled to by Florida law as the survivor of a wrongful death victim.
If you’ve lost a loved one because of negligence, call us now at 407-386-1900, or use the contact form here on our website. Page & Eichenblatt has offices at 214 South Lucerne Circle East in Orlando. If your family has been hurt by a wrongful death, we are here to fight for you.