While any practicing attorney can handle wrongful death claims, it’s important to choose one with experience. A wrongful death lawyer’s detailed knowledge will offer more benefits than that of an attorney who handles a range of case types.
The legal field is vast, covering everything from civil liability to real estate, from white-collar crime to violent offenses. Though most attorneys have a good understanding of various legal topics, wrongful death attorneys have a narrower focus. Here, you’ll learn why an attorney from The Law Offices of Jared Spingarn is the right choice for your case.
Answering the Toughest Questions
Determining how much compensation to request for a wrongful death can be difficult. A person’s survivors may receive awards to cover:
- Final expenses
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Lost inheritance
- Loss of services
- Loss of support and companionship
These losses are tough to quantify, but our firm’s wrongful death attorneys know how to answer tough questions and get justice for their clients.
Knowing Relevant Laws
While every wrongful death claim is unique, these cases follow some common principles. Most importantly, a plaintiff must prove that:
- The victim was owed a duty of care by the defendant
- The duty was breached
- The person’s death occurred due to the breach
- Damages were incurred because of the death
Aside from those criteria, laws vary by jurisdiction. For example, some states allow only minor children and surviving spouses to bring wrongful death claims. In other states, however, adult children, siblings, and non-relatives can file. An attorney who focuses on wrongful death cases will know the state’s laws and who can file a claim.
Working Within the Statute of Limitations
Like other states, Florida has a statute of limitations on wrongful death claims. In simple terms, it means that a plaintiff only has a limited time within which they can file a lawsuit. Florida’s statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits is two years, but certain exceptions exist. For instance, if a physician’s mistake led to a person’s premature death, but the issue wasn’t detected until later, the statute of limitations may be extended. Known as tolling, it allows the clock to start ticking when the error is discovered, not when the event occurs.
Attorneys who handle wrongful death cases in the state of Florida can tell you more about the statute of limitations, explain how much time you have left to act, and ensure that all deadlines are met, so you don’t lose the right to file a lawsuit.
Helping Florida’s Families Seek Justice for Their Loved Ones
Our firm has a team of dedicated attorneys who possess years of experience in the wrongful death field. Our attorneys have handled thousands of cases for Florida’s families, and we’d love to put our experience to work for you. We will gather important evidence, determine who is responsible for your family member’s untimely death, build a strong case, and help you get the compensation the family deserves.
Contact Our Firm Today
Wrongful death claims are difficult even under optimal circumstances, and monetary compensation is typically the last thing on family members’ minds after such a tragic event. However, a lawsuit may give survivors the compensation needed to get through life without their loved one. To learn how we can help you file a wrongful death claim in Hallandale Beach, call our offices today.