Auburndale Wrongful Death Attorneys
Perfectly placed between tourist hotspots Orlando and Tampa, lake-filled Auburndale can feel like a tranquil haven. Even with a developing resort area, the community is known for its relatively low housing costs and its many lakes mean an array of watersports options. There are also numerous golf-courses – and the area is home to several spring training camps for various Major League Baseball teams.
But even in quiet, community-focused Auburndale, accidents happen. Across Florida, fatal motor vehicle accidents are on the rise – and unfortunately Auburndale is no exception. Losing a family member or loved one expectantly in a motor vehicle accident is tragic. Not only have you lost the companionship of a loved one, in some cases you also lose the support and income that you and your family have depended on.
Understanding What a Wrongful Death Action Is
Needless to say, no amount of money can every make up for your loss. But in the legal world, money – or damages – can help you cover such unexpected expenses as medical care and funeral costs. In order to get this compensation, Florida has passed a wrongful death statute, which allows the surviving family members or loved ones of someone who was killed as a result of someone else’s negligent behavior or intentional action.
A wrongful death action is filed against the person or persons who is believed to have caused the death. In order to qualify to bring a wrongful death action, you must first demonstrate that you have been harmed as a result of the death. Specifically, one must prove that:
- The person being sued caused the death and was acting negligent when they caused the death (or are responsible for the death as a matter of law)
- The victim’s spouse, dependents and/or beneficiaries are alive
- The victim’s death has caused the above listed survivors monetary losses
If these points can be satisfied, then a wrongful death action can be brought seeking compensation for such damages as:
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Loss of anticipated future earnings (up to time of retirement or death)
- Loss of such benefits as retirement pension or medical insurance
- Loss of inheritance
- Pain and suffering and mental anguish
- Loss of care, protection and companionship
- General damages
- Punitive damages
What to Do
Florida wrongful death actions are complex. For example, according to Florida law, a wrongful death action must be filed within four years of the cause of the death. Failure to do so could bar you from filing, meaning you will be denied any compensation for your loss.
To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney. For over three decades the Law Office of James O. Cunningham have been helping Florida families cope with the loss of a loved one. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today and schedule your free initial consultation.