The grief you go through when you lose someone is indescribable and painful. We know that it can be even harder for you if you lost your loved one in a way that could have and should have been prevented. Our Orlando wrongful death lawyers want to stand by your side while you and your family seek justice for this wrongdoing. We know that you deserve to see full results from your case, and we know how to get you that. Call our personal injury attorneys right away so you can set up your first free consultation.

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What is Wrongful Death?

You might wonder whether the loss of your loved one qualifies as a wrongful death legally. Please understand that these matters are complex, but if it boils down to you having lost your loved one based on the carelessness or negligence of someone else, then you and your family are likely eligible for wrongful death compensation.

People often lose their loved ones in serious accidents, such as construction site accidents, medical malpractice, truck accidents, and so on. There are certainly more circumstances in which you can have lost a loved one and could be eligible for wrongful death compensation. You only need to look at a famous case like Ron Goldman‘s family versus O.J. Simpson, in which they took him to court to get justice for wrongful death. If you believe you have a valid wrongful death case, you should absolutely reach out to our Orlando attorneys as soon as possible.

Can the heirs hire separate attorneys for a wrongful death case

Liability for an Unexpected Passing

If you can prove that there was a liable party who was directly responsible for your loved one’s unexpected passing, you have a greater chance of success. You must show that, had they acted any differently, your loved one would still be alive. Whether that was a medical doctor who should’ve done something differently, a property owner who should’ve added security measures, or a dog owner who was careless in securing their animal, they need to answer for their wrongdoing.

Wrongful death cases start with pursuing the insurance company of the person who caused your loved one’s passing, as they will be responsible for reimbursing your compensable losses. Insurance companies often try to place blame on the decedent to avoid paying their loved ones the compensation they are owed. Orlando is a comparative fault jurisdiction, however, meaning even if someone was partially responsible for their own passing, their surviving loved ones can still recover for the percentage of negligence attributed to the other party. Our Orlando wrongful death attorneys are up to the task to hold liable parties responsible and get you maximum compensation.

Who is the Plaintiff in a Wrongful Death Case?

Surviving family members of the deceased victim are legally eligible to bring a wrongful death claim. In most wrongful death cases, the next of kin is the plaintiff. If you are confused about who the next of kin is for your relative, please reach out to our lawyers as soon as possible to get that question answered.

Typically, the decedent’s next of kin is their spouse. If the decedent was not married, the plaintiff is typically their children or parents. Like every family, every wrongful death claim is unique. Maybe the deceased victim was not married, their parents passed, and they never had children. In some cases, then, the plaintiff would be a sibling or close friend, etc. Regardless, individuals of the decedent who wish to pursue a wrongful death claim must choose someone to be the personal representative of their loved one’s estate and represent the family in court.

Can Heirs Hire Separate Attorneys for a Wrongful Death Case?

While a decedent’s heirs can hire separate legal counsel for a single wrongful death suit, it’s probably not in their best interest to have multiple attorneys involved, fighting against each other and against the insurance company. It is best for the family to seek a single attorney in Orlando who is resourceful, well-trained, and experienced to represent them in their wrongful death claim.

Recoverable Damages in an Orlando Wrongful Death Claim

What benefits can be obtained in a wrongful death case

We understand that putting a number on the damages you’ve suffered after losing someone you love is difficult. While there are no guidelines for how much the loss of a relationship with a person costs you in dollars, we can help ensure that the liable party and their insurance company are held responsible for their actions so it doesn’t happen to someone else.

You can receive compensation in successful wrongful death lawsuit for:

  • The pain and suffering your loved one had to endure before their passing
  • The medical bills they might have accumulated while they were receiving care in an attempt to save their life
  • Any wages your loved one would have brought in for your family had they lived out their expected lifetime
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of companionship

A knowledgeable lawyer can calculate these losses with the help of experts, such as an economist who can look at the decedent’s past wages, future wages, and life expectancy.

Are Punitive Damages Available after Someone’s Untimely Passing?

If the circumstances of your loved one’s passing were particularly severe, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the defendant for egregious conduct. Examples of qualifying circumstances include drunk driving, texting and driving, and more. One of our steadfast attorneys in the Orlando area can help your family determine whether punitive damages are a viable option in your wrongful death case.

Call Our Orlando Wrongful Death Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation

We want to be by your side to defend your rights when you lose someone due to negligence or carelessness. We can bring you and your family justice for your loved one’s unexpected passing.

We will front all of the costs of the case. You do not owe us any cost unless we win or make a recovery for you, so please don’t hesitate to call us as soon as you possibly can so we can get started on building you a strong case. Call to set up your free initial consultation today.

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