Death is tragic under any circumstances. When it is sudden and unexpected, such as a death resulting from accidental or intentional negligence, the enormity of the aftermath can be overwhelming. James Cunningham is a Citrus County wrongful death attorney who can help.
To be candid, nothing under the law can breathe the life back into your loved one. However, you are entitled to seek reparations under the law and to hold the responsible party or parties accountable for those reparations. Reparation is compensation given or received for an injury or insult.
An Overview of the Florida Wrongful Death Statutes
The Florida Wrongful Death Act, Chapters 768.16–26, is the statute that sets forth the specific guidelines as to who is eligible to recover damages and what those damages are. Generally, the decedent’s lineal descendents such as a spouse, children and parents are the survivors considered eligible. Damages may include medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services, loss of companionship and guidance, loss of earnings and mental pain and suffering. When the defendant's actions are particularly egregious, there are potential punitive damages. Punitive damages are an award in excess of compensatory damages, intended to punish the defendant for a reckless or willful act.
This is a very brief overview of the Florida Wrongful Death Act, and the Florida wrongful death statutes do contain complexities. Further, each state places restrictions on the time one has to file a lawsuit, known as the statute of limitations. If you miss the date for the statute of limitations, you cannot pursue the claim. For these reasons, you should consult a knowledgeable Citrus County wrongful death attorney sooner rather than later if you believe you have a potential wrongful death claim.
Contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A.
James Cunningham and his staff have been personal injury advocates since 1977. His firm is dedicated to unsurpassed legal representation that is compassionate for family members who lost a loved one through negligence, yet aggressive enough to obtain the full damages to which you are entitled to under the Florida wrongful death statutes. As a Florida wrongful death lawyer, he has unparalleled experience and resources to assist you and your family through this most difficult period.
Mr. Cunningham has offices throughout Central Florida. His Citrus County office is located in Inverness, but you are welcome to contact any of his offices to schedule an appointment for a consultation.