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The question of wrongful death arises when an individual is fatally injured due to negligent or reckless actions by another person or party. In the most recent data on hand, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that accidents and unintentional injury is the fifth leading cause of death overall in the United States, and is the number one leading cause of death of those aged 44 and under. These types of accidents, which include motor vehicle crashes, non-motorist or pedestrian accidents, construction accidents and boating accidents, most often result from carelessness, recklessness and disregard for safety laws.
Of course, losing a family member or loved one is never easy, but it is even more difficult when the loss could have been prevented. As experienced Sarasota wrongful death attorneys, we understand that no amount of compensation could ever truly make up for a life lost. But at Morris & Widman, P.A., we can help entitled parties collect certain damages, often including full coverage for death-related expenses.
While the spouse, children and parents of the deceased count as survivors and are eligible to receive wrongful death benefits in Florida, state law stipulates that only a personal representative named in the victim???s will may initiate a wrongful death lawsuit. The personal representative may file on behalf of any other beneficiary of the deceased.
If no will exists, the courts typically allow the surviving spouse to file a wrongful death claim. If there is no spouse, or if he or she is also deceased, the court may appoint a personal representative as necessary. Those who believe they are entitled to benefits or who wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one should consult our personal injury attorneys in Sarasota as soon as possible.
Those successful in wrongful death claims often gain compensation for the following losses:
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar Association, our attorneys are aggressive advocates for victims of undue loss, whether in negotiations or in court.
At Morris & Widman, P.A., we are fully equipped to handle serious injury and wrongful death cases. Our firm, located in historic downtown Venice, offers free initial consultations, and further fees are on a contingency basis ??? meaning you don???t pay anything unless we obtain compensation for you.
Put our experience to work for you. We can help. For more information, or to speak directly with a skilled Sarasota wrongful death lawyer today, call 941.552.4616 or contact us online.
Morris & Widman, P.A. is available to handle legal malpractice and personal injury cases throughout Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Gainesville, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Titusville, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Naples, Fort Myers, Tallahassee and Pensacola.