Few things are as tragic as the unexpected loss of a loved one, especially when that death resulted from the negligent or deliberate acts of another. After such a loss, surviving family members may be able to obtain compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against the party or parties responsible for your loved one’s death.
While money can’t begin to compensate for the devastating loss of a loved one, it can help surviving family members cope with the emotional and economic losses resulting from their death. For nearly 20 years, Central Florida wrongful death attorney Tania Rivas has provided experienced, compassionate legal guidance to families who have lost a loved one to negligence.
What Is Wrongful Death?
In Florida, wrongful death describes a situation in which a person dies due to the accidental or deliberate actions of another individual or entity. These situations can include:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Premises liability
- Workplace accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Medical malpractice
- Medication errors
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bites
- Firearm accidents
- Assault and other violent crimes
- Theme Park accidents
- Boating and marine accidents
- Defective products
You Have a Right to Hold the Responsible Persons Accountable
If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligent or deliberate actions of another, state law gives you the right to hold the at-fault party responsible for the damages caused by your loved one’s passing. Central Florida wrongful death attorney Tania Rivas is here to protect those rights. Rivas Law Group can handle the legal issues related to the wrongful death of a loved one while you and your family focus on healing.
Call us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We provide our legal services on a contingency basis; should you decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit through us, there will be no upfront costs for you — we only collect our fee after we’ve obtained your settlement.
What Florida’s Wrongful Death Laws Say
Sections 768.16-768.26 of the Florida state statutes, also known as the Wrongful Death Act, describes the rights and remedies of survivors in a wrongful death case. When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, breach of contract, or warranty of any person, the deceased’s survivors or estate can take action to recover the losses resulting from that death.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The law describes a survivor as anyone who is partly or wholly dependent on the person who died for support, including their spouse, children, parents, and other blood relatives, as well as adoptive brothers and sisters.
How Long Do Survivors Have to File a Claim?
In Florida, survivors have only two years from the time of death in which to file a claim for wrongful death.
Proving a Wrongful Death Case in Central Florida
In order to prevail in a wrongful death case, the survivors must be able to establish, through the preponderance of the evidence:
- That the defendant (the person responsible for wrongful death) caused the death by their negligent or deliberate behavior.
- As a survivor, you are lawfully entitled to compensation on behalf of the deceased.
- The loved one’s wrongful death resulted in damage and loss for the survivors.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Survivors may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages and future wages that would have been provided by the decedent
- Medical expenses related to the decedent’s injuries or death
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of parental guidance and
- Loss of care and assistance
An attorney can help you at every phase of the wrongful death claim process. They can help you identify the parties responsible for your loved one’s death, gather the evidence needed to prove wrongful death, assign a dollar value to your losses, and negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company to recover a satisfactory settlement amount.
Speak to a Compassionate Central Florida Wrongful Death Attorney
Central Florida wrongful death attorney Tania Rivas is sensitive to the needs of her grieving clients. She knows that no amount of money can ever bring back a loved one after a wrongful death in Central Florida. Her focus is on helping the survivors heal and rebuild their lives after their unexpected loss.
Attorney Rivas has seen firsthand the devastating effects a wrongful death can have on the surviving family members. She will fight aggressively on behalf of you and your family to ensure you receive the total compensation you are due. A wrongful death claim can’t restore a loved one, but it can provide the survivors with at least some of the justice and closure they deserve for their loss.
Tania possesses extensive experience in pursuing Central Florida wrongful death claims. Her knowledge, skills, and dedication have earned millions in compensation for her clients, including an $800,000 settlement for the family of a pedestrian struck and killed by a motor vehicle in Haines City, FL. You don’t have to face this tragedy alone. Tania is here to stand by you in your time of need. Contact Rivas Law Group online or call us at 877-299-5539 today to schedule your free, no-obligation initial consultation.