The term “wrongful death” refers to a negligence action or civil lawsuit — or even if a lawsuit is NOT filed, the legal term refers to a situation wherein one person’s death was caused by the negligent acts of another. Typically, Florida wrongful death refers to facts and circumstances in Florida, thereby invoking Florida’s wrongful death statute, or Florida law, as opposed to the laws involving other States.
Negligence leading to “wrongful death” may arise in all sorts of tragic accidents or situations; for example, motor vehicle accidents, boating accidents, construction site accidents, swimming pool accidents, medical malpractice, and almost any event you can imagine as people are victimized every day. The victim’s family and loved ones suffer tremendous emotional pain and terrible, adverse economic consequences, and they NEED real and immediate help.
Damages considered in a “wrongful death” case may include:
- Grief, psychological suffering, loss of companionship and support;
- Loss of income imputed to the person who died;
- Loss of help, security, and assistance which the person who died had previously provided to the survivors/beneficiaries;
- Medical and hospitalization expenses for the treatment of the person who died.
In wrongful death cases, it is usually the victim’s family that files a lawsuit. They establish or create an “estate” in the name of the deceased loved one who suffered the wrongful death, and only certain family members are entitled to bring a lawsuit or “action” on behalf of the “estate.” Florida law limits who may be referred to as a “survivor” within the decedent’s family (i.e., the “decedent” is the person who died), as crazy as that sounds.
The family members NEED to know their rights, but they are often too emotionally exhausted and overwhelmed to focus on their legal rights. Fort Lauderdale wrongful death lawyer John P. Contini is sensitive to the concerns of the victim’s family members, and will work with you and your family to seek justice and to discuss ALL of your legal options.
When the responsible party’s negligence is established by the requisite proof — or when the wrongful death is ultimately proven or established in or out of court, then the surviving loved ones and ONLY certain family members may be compensated for some of these below-listed expenses. i.e., NOT ALL FAMILY MEMBERS will be entitled to compensation for their monumental loss, sadly enough. Expenses family members may be compensated for include:
- Funeral expenses;
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages (from time of injury to death);
- Loss of earning capacity;
- Loss of “consortium” or companionship and services (ONLY CERTAIN family members).
Florida wrongful death lawyer John Contini explains; insurance companies too often aggressively rush to immediately deny or settle wrongful death cases — and when they are not working quickly to deny the claims altogether, they are working to settle them for short money, certainly far below the real value of the case; and this unwarranted pressure is too often exerted BEFORE families of the victims (known as “survivors” under the wrongful death statute in Florida) are emotionally or intellectually capable of fully assessing the emotional and real life economic effects and consequences of their incredible loss.
These wealthy insurance companies have more money than most small Governments, as you no doubt can imagine, and they will spend that money to make every attempt to thwart your family’s claim — or certainly to minimize its value. This is why you and your family need an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney. The Insurance Companies can afford to hire teams of adjusters to reach out prematurely to the survivors in the family — or to respond to the family’s requests for information, i.e., too often denying the claims or asserting affirmative defenses as to why the insurance company or insured person or corporation is NOT responsible or negligent; and if this is not enough to cause the family to capitulate or give up altogether — or acquiesce to a small amount of settlement money, the Insurance Company then engages a team of insurance company lawyers to further protect their own financial interests.
This is why the surviving family members MUST — even as they are naturally STILL mourning their unspeakable and profound loss, secure legal counsel ASAP … if for no other reason than to keep from being further hurt and victimized, and to ensure that they at least understand their legal rights.
“If you believe someone you love was killed in a wrongful death accident or situation where negligence is involved — meaning that some person or company or corporation acted negligently, i.e., that person or company or corporation failed to act ‘prudently,’ or as the ‘reasonable person would have acted under like circumstances,’ then please feel free to contact us now at 954-766-8810 and we will meet with you to help.” — Florida wrongful death attorney John Contini
Please know that Fort Lauderdale wrongful death lawyer John Contini is always available to you and your family.
Feel free to call John at 954-766-8810, or send him an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember: There is no expense to you and your family in simply sitting down with John to discuss all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of your loved one. You can rest assured that Attorney Contini would be absolutely blessed and actually enjoy the privilege of helping you and your family during this sad and difficult time. He will inform and educate you and your family on ALL of the nuances and particulars of exactly HOW a Ft Lauderdale wrongful death lawyer can truly help you and your family in your statutory capacity as “survivors” and “beneficiaries” under Florida’s ever-changing wrongful death law.