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Bartow Wrongful Death Lawyers

Whether it’s for the watersports, the golf or the close proximity to the Orlando and Tampa metro areas, Bartow, Florida has something for everyone. Located along the Peace River, this green city is known as the City of Oaks and Azaleas. The town boast three districts listed on the National Register of Historical Places and features such landmarks as the 1909 built Old Polk County Courthouse and Bartow High School.

But even suburban oasis like Bartow can’t escape the tragedy of a motor vehicle accident. With several key roadways crisscrossing the area, fatal car accidents are an all too common occurrence in Bartow. Fatal car accidents can devastate a community and turn a family’s world upside down. Not only does one have to deal with the extreme pain that goes along with unexpectedly losing a loved one, they also have to deal with the stress of mounting medical bills, funeral expenses and trying to figure out how to get by without, for example, a spouse’s income, health insurance or benefits. This is even more troubling when the deceased leaves behind surviving children.

Although no amount of money can ever come close to filling the void of a lost loved one, it can help alleviate some of the financial stress that might surround a death. In Florida, the surviving family members can file a law suit against the person or persons who caused the death. This type of law suit is called a wrongful death action. However, wrongful death actions are some of the most complicated types of personal injury actions, which is why it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney.

For over three decades, the lawyers at the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. have been helping Bartown residents get the compensation they deserve following the loss of loved one.

Grounds for a Wrongful Death Action

To start, your attorney will be able to sit and review your particular case to see whether or not you have grounds to file a Florida wrongful death suit. According to Florida statute 678.18, in order to bring a wrongful death action one must prove three specific things. First, your attorney will look at the facts of your case to make sure the person being sued was acting either negligently or illegally and that this act was the cause of your loved one’s death.

Second, they will ensure that you and any other surviving family members qualify to seek compensation. Here the law limits ‘family member’ to being a spouse, children, parents and ‘any blood relative or adoptive sibling who is partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for support or services”.

Third, your attorney will look to ensure that your loved one’s death has caused one or more of the qualified survivors a monetary loss. According to Florida law, one can claim the following types of damages as ‘loss’ under a wrongful death action:

  • 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

Don’t Delay

If these three items are satisfied, in all likelihood you can file a wrongful death claim. However, you must do so within four years after the accident or risk having your suit barred. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. and schedule your free initial consultation today.

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