Cape Canaveral Wrongful Death Attorneys
Cape Canaveral, Florida – the home to the US space program. Not only do the many space related exhibits and attractions make Cape Canaveral a popular tourist destination, it’s also home to beautiful beaches, a busy cruise ship port, a nearby zoo and hundreds of hotels and restaurants. And we can’t forget about the 24 mile undeveloped beach that is Canaveral National Seashore – home to over 1,000 unique plant species and hundreds of birds.
But because of the city’s many tourist destinations, and the fact that it is located between the Jacksonville and Miami metro areas along Florida’s Space Coast, it is also home to many fatal car accidents. When tragedy happens a fun family vacation can quickly turn into a nightmare. Not only does one have to deal with the emotional toll that losing a loved one brings, there’s also the financial stress – medical and funeral costs, loss of income and health benefits, etc. If you are a tourist and not from Florida, having to deal with the legal and administrative actions from a different state make things even more complicated.
At such a point it is easy to feel hopeless. And although no amount of money can even come close to filling the hole left by the death of a loved one, it can help alieve some of the financial stress. For over three decades the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. have been helping those grieving the loss of a family member get the compensation they deserve. Whether you are from Cape Canaveral, Florida or anywhere else, if you lost a family member in a Cape Canaveral, Florida car accident, the attorneys at Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. can help you navigate the legal complexities of filing a wrongful death claim.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
According to Florida Statute 678.18, if a person is killed by a negligent act of another, than the surviving family members, through the deceased’s estate, can seek legal compensation for that death and the losses that come from it.
Who Can File?
The Florida wrongful death law states that a civil lawsuit can be filed by the personal representative of the deceased’s estate on behalf of any surviving spouse, children, parents and blood relative or adoptive sibling who is partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services.
What Can I Sue for?
The available damages for wrongful death are listed in Florida Statute 768.21 and include:
- Value of support and services that the deceased would have provided
- Loss of companionship, guidance and protection
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering
- Medical or funeral expenses
When Can I Sue?
As Florida has a strict four year statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits, it is imperative that you file your claim as soon after the accident as possible. Failure to do so could mean you will be disqualified from receiving compensation.
What do I do Now?
As wrongful death claims are complex, it is highly advised that you seek the advice of an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.