When someone else’s negligence results in the death of a loved one, it can feel like the world is caving in around you. It may seem unfathomable to think that someone’s recklessness or carelessness has torn your loved one away forever. Distracted drivers, negligent doctors, dangerous and defective products, and careless property owners can all cause wrongful death. The knowledge that proper care and attention might have prevented death is devastating. The Tampa wrongful death attorney at Fiol Law Group empathizes with surviving family members after the wrongful death of a loved one, and may be able to help during this immensely difficult time.
Why Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim may be the last thing on your mind after the death of a loved one. You may be focused on planning a funeral, paying for burial expenses, or sorting through the mountain of medical bills left behind. Fiol Law Group is here to tell you that legal action may be able to cover all these costs and compensate you and your family for many other damages. A wrongful death claim can give you a much-needed sense of closure after a death that just doesn’t seem right to you. Pursuing justice for your wrongfully deceased wife, husband, child, parent, brother, or sister can give your family what it needs to begin to heal.
Filing a claim against a defendant for wrongful death can shed light on the defendant’s negligence, dangerous practices, or blatant disregard for the law. Medical malpractice claims, for example, can expose doctors or facilities that operate below accepted standards of patient care. A car accident claim can hold a drunken driver responsible for his or her grave mistakes. Thus, these claims can in turn prevent future wrongful death cases. Moreover, a civil court claim may be the only way your family can afford the substantial expenses a death can cause, such as medical bills of a hospital stay prior to death, property damage, and funeral/burial expenses.
Types of Damages in Wrongful Death Claims
If your wrongful death claim is successful, the courts may award you compensation for many types of damages you and your family have suffered. Damages in these kinds of cases include payment for lost support and services of the deceased person and loss of his/her companionship, guidance, and protection. This is especially true in cases involving a surviving spouse or minor children. Other types of damages include:
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering
- Medical/funeral expenses family members paid
- Deceased person’s lost wages and benefits
- Medical/funeral expenses the estate paid
The types and amounts of damages you may receive in a wrongful death case will vary depending on the circumstances of your loved one’s death. Speak to the attorneys at Fiol Law Group for a more detailed idea of what types of damages your family may be eligible to receive. Fiol Law Group can help you understand your rights and privileges as a family member of the deceased, and walk you through the claims process in Tampa Bay. Our free consultations may be well worth your while if we believe you have grounds for a claim.
Legal Help from Our Family to Yours | Tampa Wrongful Death Lawyer
The compassionate and competent lawyers at Fiol Law Group are dedicated to helping victims of negligence in the Tampa Bay area. If a slip and fall accident, car accident, medical malpractice and hospital negligence law, dangerous product, defective piece of equipment, or another type of negligence led to the death of your loved one, don’t let the responsible party get away without facing justice. Fiol Law Group may be able to help you hold the negligent individual or company responsible for their actions and receive the money you need during this tough time. Call (813) 223-6773 to speak with one of our attorneys.