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Fort Meade Wrongful Death Lawyers

The city of Fort Meade, Florida, located just outside the Lakeland Winter Haven metro area, is a popular destination for history buffs and outdoor enthusiast alike. As this oldest city in Florida’s Polk County, the city boast such historical buildings as the Old Fort Meade School House Museum, Reid House and the W.O. Williams/R.C. McClellan House. For those who prefer to spend their time exploring the great outdoors, the Streamsong Resort and Patterson Park are excellent options for kayakers, canoers and hikers.

Like all of Florida, Fort Meade has its fair share of automobile accidents. With US Highways 98 and 17 crisscrossing the city, sometimes these accidents can be deadly. When someone is killed by the negligent or reckless driving of another person, the surviving family members can seek compensation for their loss via what is known as a wrongful death lawsuit.

What is Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death law suit allows family members to seek compensation from the other driver for the damages they have suffered as a result of the loss of a loved one. In Florida, a family member is generally defined as a surviving spouse and/or children. However, in some circumstances this definition can be extended to include surviving parents and siblings. Typically a court will extend the definition when these other family members were somehow dependent on the deceased and thus have suffered a loss as a result of his or her death.

What Can I Get Compensated For?

Although no amount of money can ever compensate for the loss of a loved one, its purpose is to help the surviving family members to cover unexpected expenses and financial losses. Thus, typical damages available in a wrongful death suit include:

  • Property damage
  • Physical disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Past lost wages
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of services
  • Loss of companionship

What About the Statute of Limitations?

Florida has a strict statute of limitations, meaning that you must file your wrongful death law suit within four years of the date of the accident that caused the death. Failure to do so will disqualify you from seeking compensation. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if the deceased survived some time following the accident only to pass away later from the injuries sustained during the accidents, the statute of limitations does not start until the date of death.

What Do I Do Now?

If you have lost a loved one due to a Fort Meade motor vehicle accident, it is important that you seek the services of an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney. For over three decades, the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. have been helping Fort Meade victims navigate the complex legal landscape of a wrongful death lawsuit. 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.

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