New Port Richey Wrongful Death Lawyer
After a fatal accident, many family members are naturally consumed with grief. Losing a spouse, child, or parent is a shocking event, and families understandably draw closer in the following months to grieve. However, these family members might have the right to bring a wrongful death claim against the person who caused the fatal accident. Unfortunately, some surviving families are unaware of this right, and they never file a legal claim before the deadline. The result is that they never hold the person who caused the death accountable in a court of law.
Please contact Florin Gray for more information. We understand that this is a stressful time. But our New Port Richey wrongful death lawyer will review the facts of the accident in a consultation and help you understand your legal options.
Hold the Defendant Accountable
A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit that seeks money damages from the person who is responsible for your loved one’s death. It is different from a criminal prosecution, which the prosecutor brings if someone breaks the law. In Florida civil law, a death is “wrongful” when it is caused by negligence or wrongful conduct. This definition includes accidents as well as intentional acts. Many of our wrongful death cases are based on:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian collisions
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Negligent security
- Premises liability accidents
- Violent attacks
If your loved one survived, they could have brought a personal injury claim against the negligent driver or property owner for their injuries. But because they have died, family members now have the legal right to sue for wrongful death.
Legally, the personal representative for the estate files the lawsuit, and in most cases this person has two years from the date of death to sue.
In a criminal case, a defendant can go to jail if convicted of murder or manslaughter. In a civil wrongful death claim, the defendant only pays money damages for your losses, such as loss of support or services, and the loss of companionship or guidance. Our clients can also recover money to pay for funeral and burial expenses. The estate can also bring a claim for certain losses.
Our attorneys provide immediate value to anyone grieving the death of a loved one in New Port Richey. We can investigate whether a wrongful death has occurred and compile evidence in support of your claim. We also have had success negotiating settlements with defendants. If negotiation falters, our legal team can file a lawsuit for damages in the correct court.
Compassionate Legal Representation
At Florin Gray, we have helped many family members struggling to move on after the death of a beloved family member. Now is the time to protect your family’s future and their legal rights. Seek accountability from the person who caused your grief. Many of our clients receive valuable compensation in a wrongful death claim. Contact us today to speak with a New Port Richey wrongful death lawyer in a free consultation.