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Clermont Wrongful Death Attorneys

Have you recently lost a family member in a tragic accident? Was the accident preventable? In the surreal fog of grief immediately following an unexpected death, you may not know how to proceed. If you are located in Clermont, Lake County or anywhere in Central Florida and have questions regarding potential wrongful death lawsuits, call a Clermont attorney who has the knowledge and experience to answer your questions. James O. Cunningham is a compassionate legal counselor. He clearly explains the legal process and, after evaluating the circumstances of the death of your loved one, handles all aspects of the lawsuit so that you and your family can focus on healing.

Time Limitations in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Florida statutes set time limitations within which you have to file a personal injury claim, which includes a negligent death. A statute of limitations means that you have a certain period within which to file a lawsuit or forfeit your right to pursue the claim. In negligence claims, this period is usually two years. However, there are exceptions, and a Clermont attorney can advise you accordingly.

This does not mean you should wait until right before the statute of limitations runs out to seek legal advice. Depending upon the complexity of your claim, pretrial preparation can take years. The better prepared your Clermont wrongful death lawyer is, the better the chance of a successful outcome on your behalf.

Actions Constituting Negligence

Death happens. However, if that death was not a natural death, but the result of an accidental or intentional act of another party, it may be a wrongful death. Criminal acts can be intentional or unintentional, such as homicide or a drunken driving accident. In this event, there are two separate and distinct prosecutions. The state prosecutes the criminal action, and legal counsel retained by the family prosecutes the civil action under the Florida Wrongful Death Act.

Who Is Eligible for Compensation

Probate laws determine eligibility for damages. Those holding priority claims are spouses and minor children. If there are no immediate heirs, then parents, grandparents, siblings and persons financially dependent upon the decedent may have a claim. The estate itself may also have a claim.

Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of the prospective net accumulations of an estate
  • Loss of support and services
  • Loss of the decedent’s companionship
  • Loss of parental companionship and guidance
  • Mental pain and suffering

Contact Us Today

James O. Cunningham is a Clermont attorney who has dedicated his practice to helping families put their lives back together after a preventable tragedy. He assists families in the State of Florida, including the Central Florida counties of Brevard, Citrus, Hillsborough, Lake, Marion-Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia. If you want a Florida wrongful death lawyer who works tirelessly for justice on your behalf, call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A.

Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373